Meteora is an area in Thessaly (central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers of Meteora. The thing that makes Meteora so special is the monasteries on the top of the rock towers. The monasteries,the amount of peaks to climb and the paths for hiking brings many tourists to Meteora all year round.
The Greek word meteora means ”suspended in the air” and our words meteorite and meteology come from the same root.The conglomerate rock at Meteora has eroded into fantastic peaks upon which medievel monks built monasteries,several of which are still alive.
The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep Greek Orthodox religious traditions and Hellenic culture alive during the turbulent Middle Ages and Ottoman Turk occupation of Greece (1453-1829).
In 1988,UNESCO declared Meteora to be a World Heritage Site !