METEORA - A SYMBIOSIS OF NATURE AND HISTORY
Located in the Thessaly region in central Greece, Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for protection because of its important cultural and natural assets. The huge sandstone pillar-like formations that dominate the skyline are believed to have been created 65 million years ago, with earthquakes and erosion further shaping the monoliths over the course of the centuries. This wild natural landscape, home to a monastic community since the 11th century, hosts a collection of monasteries – all miracles of architecture and engineering – built on these precipitous peaks. Of the 24 that flourished in its heyday in the 16th and 17th centuries, only six of Meteora’s monasteries remain in use.
At the same time, it is an ideal destination for thrill-seekers and outdoor adventurers.The area boasts more than 600 walking and hiking trails linking its 100-odd pinnacles.
I would recommend visiting Meteora in more than one day, especially if you plan to make good shots at sunset/sunrise. For some reasons, I arrived at the worst time for photo shooting — in high season, at noon, and for a few hours only so the photos came out far from the expected ones.