Useful informations about Meteora

VISITING HOURS

*Visiting hours may change without warning

Great Meteoro Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-15:00

Closed every Tuesday

Winter time: 9:00-14:00

Closed every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

(+30)24320-22278

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Varlaam Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-16:00

Closed every Friday

Winter time: 9:00-15:00

Closed every Thursday & Friday

(+30)24320-22277

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Rousanou Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-17:00

Closed every Wednesday

Winter time: 9:00-14:00

Closed every Wednesday

(+30)24320-22649

www.roussanou.gr

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St. Nicholas’ Anapafsas’ Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-16:00

Closed every Friday

Winter time: 9:00-16:00

Closed every Friday

(+30)24320-22375

agiosnikolaosanapafsas.blogspot.gr

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Holy Trinity Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-17:00

Closed every Thursday

Winter time: 10:00-16:00

Closed every Thursday

(+30)24320-22220

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St. Stephan’s Monastery

Summer time: 9:00-13:20 & 15:30-17:30

Sundays opens 9:30 – Closed every Monday

Winter time: 9:30-13:00 & 15:00-17:00

Closed every Monday

(+30)24320-22279

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ROUTES FROM/TO METEORA

* The summer routes are valid from March 15th, up to November 31.

Frequently Asked Questions [ FAQ ]

There are two main routes that one can follow to go to the Holy Meteora. The first is from Kastraki and the second one from the city as one comes from Trikala. One can easily find the auxiliary signs leading to the Holy Meteora. Apart from these two basic routes, there are several hiking paths for nature lovers and adventurers. You can check here more about the Meteora Hiking Paths.

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The visiting hours are shown above and they include both winter and summer time-tables. The opening hours change from year to year, so beware of relying on information in guide books or general web sites. We will try to do our best to keep the timetable of visiting times and days of the monasteries up-to-date.
Especially in the summer months there are routes that serve the passage of visitors to the Holy Meteora with a route that passes through all the monasteries. There are three bus stops from which one can take the bus and which are shown on the map just below.

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Bus Station No1:  39.7025100,21.6323590  See on map.

 

 

 

Bus Station No2:  39.7050560, 21.6270400  See on map.

 

 

 

Bus Station No3: 39.7069330, 21.6233710  See on map.

Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are unprepared.

Most monasteries have a lot of stairs, so come prepared, right clothing and shoes, and a bottle of water in the summer months. The easiest monastery to enter is the Holy Monastery of St. Stephan, as there are no stairs. The most difficult monastery to enter is the Monastery of the Holy Trinity with around 140 stairs and a rather long path leading to the stairs.
You can visit the monasteries all year round. Each season has its benefits.
At Kalambaka you can see

  • the caves and small ascetic Monasteries,
  • the byzantine church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary,
  • the cave at Theopetra, famous for its foundings,
  • the traditional village of Kastraki and
  • beautiful villages in the surrounding and mountainous areas, like Aspropotamos with the church dedicated to the Holy Cross with its 13 domes
As most of the Monasteries have a lot of stairs, it helps to be in a reasonable healthy state, but you don’t need to visit all the monasteries in one day as there is a lot of accomodation at Kalambaka and Kastraki. For people with difficult health conditions, St. Stephan’s Monastery is the choice. There is even a lift for disabled people.
No, there aren’t. That’s why you’d better have some snacks with you. However, Kalambaka and Kastraki, as well as the surrounding area, are known for the famous meat dishes and the traditional mezedes. Finally, if you are seeking to have some more fun in the evening , Kalambaka and Kastraki offer plenty of choices to entertain yourself.