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Kalambaka - Meteora

Greece

Kalambaka - Meteora

Meteora is the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of cultural map of Greece.

The most important monasteries of Meteora are:
The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries.
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second, after the Great Meteoro, big in size monastery. The church, honoured to the three Bishops, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious esonarthex (lite) surrounded by dome as well..
The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. It is dedicated to ‘The Transfiguration’ but honored to Saint Barbara. The ‘Katholikon’, in the Athonite type, was founded in the middle of 16th c. and decorated in 1560.

Food and Drink

One of the most important dishes in Trikala region are : Halva farsalon,onion cheese pie,goat with macaroni and a lot of fresh vegetables for traditional salads

Herbal teas, wildflower honey
With all the stunning natural landscapes Trikala is famous for the honey, the region’s eclectic varieties of honey will make you a lifelong fan. Good with tea, on bread or in baked goods, honey is a staple food in Trikala. Also there are local shops and stock up on herbal medicinal teas from the mountains.

Popular drinks in Trikala
Tsipouro is the most popular alcoholic drink in the region – it’s a pomace, grape-distilled brandy which is only made in Greece.

Access

By train:
The easiest way to get to Meteora from Athens is via train. The main train station in Athens is Larissa There are four daily trains from Athens to Kalambaka (Kalabaka) that are either direct or have one change at the Paleofarsalos station.
By bus:
There are daily buses from Athens to Kalambaka, the town just below Meteora. These bus are not direct but go via Trikala. This means that you have to go from Athens to Trikala and then take another bus to Kalambaka. Buses depart from Trikala to Kalambaka almost every hour. From Kalambaka, you can go to the Monasteries of Meteora by taxi or by bus (bus works only in summer time).

By car:

Follow the National Highway Athens-Lamia-Thessaloniki. At the junction of Lamia, you follow the signs to Karditsa and Trikala. Following these signs, you enter a rural road that has only one line per direction and requires careful driving. You pass Domokos, Karditsa and continue to Trikala. At Trikala, you follow the signs to Kalambaka/ Meteora

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