Meteora is an impressively beautiful place that attracts visitors from around the world. It hosts the second largest monastery complex in Greece, after the Athos Peninsula. Its name means literally, “suspended in the air”, due to the cells built high into the rock face. As early as the 9th century A.D. hermits lived in these cells which were accessible only by rope. The area is also one of the most popular rock-climbing sites in Greece, along with Kalymnos Island. There are six functioning monasteries: Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou, St. Stephen, St. Nicholas Anapausas, and Holy Trinity. The views along the trails surrounding the area are truly spectacular; it’s not surprising that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main town, Kalabaka, is a bit over four hours by car from Athens and is situated at the foot of the cliffs. The Pineios river runs nearby, providing opportunities for river rafting and kayaking. We also recommend the Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum, located in the town.