Experience a sunset you’ll never forget

As incredible as they look, photographs of Meteora come nowhere near to matching the real thing. You truly have to experience it with your own eyes to fully appreciate it. But for the ultimate visual treat, you have to witness the rocks and monasteries of Meteora at sunset.
Wherever you stop to admire them, you’ll be gifted breathtaking views as the setting sun paints a picture of other-worldly red!

Set out on the hiking trails of Meteora

There’s a good reason that a hiking trip is amongst the most popular activities in Meteora. Between the monasteries exists a network of hiking trails used by the original monks and pilgrims centuries ago. Following these paths is one of the best ways to explore the area, whilst keeping away from the crowds. There are trails that lead from Kalambaka to the Holy Trinity Monastery, and many more from the village of Kastraki, including one leading to the rock of Agio Pnevma (Holy Spirit) and its famous ‘hermit caves’. A chapel dedicated to the Holy Spirit has been built inside one of the caves (said to have been inhabited by a 10th-century AD monk) which forms part of an annual festival for the villagers of Kastraki.

Max out on the awe factor on a mountain-biking tour

Whether you’re a first-time mountain biker or a skilled thrill-seeker, Meteora offers an incredible landscape to explore by bike. There are road and off-road trails that take you past monasteries and into the countryside, especially if you join a guided tour. A great tip is to visit the Ypapanti Monastery, no longer inhabited by monks but one of the oldest in Meteora and literally carved into the rock. This northern side of Meteora has a beautiful oak tree forest you can cycle through.

Go river-rafting for a final splash of epic

Lastly, an activity you wouldn’t be expecting. Rafting down the Pinios River adds another dimension to your stay in Meteora. Approximately 8km long and reaching no more than Grade 2-3 in difficulty in spring and autumn, the route is ideal for all members of the family or groups of friends, rafting through wonderful countryside before being gifted yet more views of those wondrous rock formations. The magical landscape of the Meteora monasteries and rock formations takes you on yet another journey with the experience of rafting down the Pinios River.

Go rock climbing … just like the original monks

The most famous rock climbers in Meteora were the original monks. But they weren’t the first rock climbers in Meteora. The monks learned their rock-climbing skills from the locals, who helped them scale the peaks and establish the monasteries we admire today. So it is fitting that, today, Meteora has become a world-famous rock-climbing site. And not just for experts. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be provided with all the expertise and gear needed to get started in one of the most awesome rock-climbing sites you’ll witness.

Go truffle-hunting and enjoy a forest meal

Taking your foodie experience to the next level… the dense forests around Meteora are famous for their seasonal truffles and mushrooms, giving you the opportunity not just to hunt for them and enjoy a meal cooked on-site with the fruits of your labour.
There are expeditions with truffle dogs and their trainers, who will teach you the art of spotting and retrieving the valuable fungi. A chef will then help you prepare a truffle-and mushroom-based meal right in the forest. To round off your day, there’s also a wealth of information in the Meteora Natural History and Mushroom Museum in Kalambaka.

Horseriding – A ride to Pertouli and Kastania

When the spring comes to Meteora and nature has blossomed all around the mountain meadows and forests in the region, horse-riding gets back in the game, offering unforgettable memories to all those who visit Pertouli and Kastania.
In Pertouli, only a few meters from the ski center, you will also see horses for riding and some experienced guides that will accompany you in beautiful trips to the rich fir forest in Koziakas.
In the other side of the mountain routes, in Kastania of Kalampaka, in a wonderful natural scenery, you can ride being surrounded by the forests and the mountains of this region. Training programs of 1 hour to 2 day are being offered, as well as camping in the woods. The chalet has also a cafeteria in the lobby, where you can have a drink or but local products.