Tsikeli Boutique Hotel Meteora is an Adults Only hotel located at the foothills of the towering Meteora Rocks, in the small, picturesque village of Kastraki. This eco-friendly establishment stands out for the harmonious blend of traditional architecture with modern aesthetics. Earthy tones, natural stonewalls and elaborate woodwork dominate the hotel’s layout, radiating a sense of intimacy and coziness. This is a sustainable Level 2 property according to booking.com. Click SEE AND BOOK for more!
Meteora Hotel is one of the most fascinating properties in the beautiful area of Meteora. It opened its doors in 2006 and boasts both comfort and recreation facilities. Special attention has been given to the decor of the place. The complex embodies the architectural tradition of the region while remaining minimal in style. It was conceived and built by two distinguished architects, Nikos Valsamakis and Piotr Barelkowski, who put their signatures in the design and construction of the hotel. The hotel is built on the highest point of Kastraki and visitors can indulge in the awesome views of the Meteora Rocks from every single corner of the hotel. This a sustainable Level 2 property according to booking.com. Click SEE AND BOOK for more!
Located in Kastraki, this property is built entirely out of stone, giving it a rustic and authentic feel. It has been carefully restored to preserve its original character while also incorporating modern amenities for the comfort of the guests. The location of the "house" is perfect for exploring Meteora. The nearest monastery is just a short walk away and there are also several hiking trails in the area where you can explore the unique landscape. This a sustainable Level 3 property according to booking.com. Click SEE AND BOOK!
You may not know it, but Greece isn’t all about sun, sea and sand. It's a country full of spectacular landscapes that you won't see anywhere else. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora is one of the most amazing wonders of Greece.
Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)This is the largest and one of the most spectacular monasteries in Meteora. It stands atop the highest rock pillar, and was founded by St. Athanasios Meteoriti in the early 14thC. King John Paleologos was its co-founder, and became a monk when retreating from secular life. Admire the beautiful architecture, which includes an eerie cellar and impressive balcony. The cellar houses a wonderful folk museum that includes exhibits taken from historical everyday life. Along with the ossuary, explore the main church and its 15th and 16th Century Byzantine frescos and murals. The monastery’s rectory doubles as a museum with artifacts of monastic life and religious relics. Explore the ancient kitchen for a glimpse into the past and into everyday life in this sky-scraping environment.
Founded in the early 1500s, this monastery is one of the most adorned in Meteora. Built by a local artist called Frangos Catelanos, he painted the murals himself. Admire the minute details in the religious scenes and notice the excellent craftsmanship of the era. Explore the chapel which is also beautifully adorned with hand-painted murals. There’s a museum in the rectory which is worth a tour. Testament to the monastery’s artistic heritage, it was a center for illuminated manuscripts and gold embroidery.
This convent was founded in the 12thC, and the nuns that have retreated there are devoted to charity work and art restoration. The actual church of St. Stefanos was built in 1350 – it’s worth exploring because of the beautiful artwork that adorns its walls. Frescos are the work of the monk Nikolaos. Hand-carved wood artwork can be found in the monastery’s other chapels – you’ll be amazed by the level of craftsmanship and with the architecture of the buildings. If you’re a legend-maniac, you’ll be happy to know the severed head of St. Haralambous is kept in the monastery, in the church of St. Haralambous – it’s believed to be a very powerful relic that’s responsible for many miracles. If you love museums, make it a point to explore the rectory, which has been turned into a museum. Admire the gold embroideries, ancient manuscripts and important icons housed there.
Founded in the 1300s, this monastery boasts a beautiful main church that has been decorated in a stunning tradition. The main church is dedicated to St. Nikolaos and was built in 1500. The artwork you can admire in the interior of the church has been credited to Theophanes from Crete. He is the founder of an entire school of art. If you wander to the upper floors of the monastery, make it a point to admire the chapel of St. Anthony. You’ll see a number of 14thC frescos and murals that are iconic in Byzantine art. Ask to visit the ossuary which is an important part of the monastery’s attractions and is especially interesting in terms of tradition. There are other chapels that are also worth a visit.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a network of Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries perched atop a complex of 1000 sandstone boulders, each soaring to 400-meters. Soaring to the sky, these imposing boulders were chosen by the first monks as ideal spiritual locations for monastic cells. Beginning in the 12thC, monks attempted to scale the boulders by pushing logs up against the sides of rock pillars, climbing the logs and then dropping rope ladders down for other monks to join them. To this day, monastic cells dot the sheer face of the rock – evidence of the monks’ determination to worship and meditate as close to God as possible.
Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios. Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore. It's open everyday except Thursday.