From EUR 180
Sunset tour begins with a visit to one of the 6 active monasteries of Meteora, Agios Stefanos or Roussanou. Then we will guide you to the oldest standing monument of our place, the Byzantine church of the Virgin Mary located in the old town of Kalambaka. A church made in the early Christian period with ancient marbles embedded on its walls, telling the town’s long history of 27 centuries. Visit the thousand years old hermitages of Bandovas, learn the stories and the legends and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots.
And as the sun slowly begins to descent, getting ready to touch on the mountain ridges we’ll bring you high up on the rocks of Meteora, on a magical spot to enjoy the most captivating sunset views. Up there, sitting on the edges of cliffs you will feel the evening breeze blowing through these giant cliffs. Allow your senses to explore moment by moment the dimming of the light as the sun disk sinks behind the mountains. This will be a perfect way to end a beautiful day at Meteora with an awe-inspiring tour to be remembered forever!
Combine this tour with our Meteora Half-Day Tour or with the Hiking tour into a full day tour and create the ultimate Meteora experience!
This is a Tour not to be missed by anyone visiting Meteora!
Departure point: Pick up and drop off from your Hotel in Kalampaka town or Kastraki village
Departure time: Depends on the season
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Return details: Returns to original Pick up point
The rocks of Meteora were first inhabited by hermit monks during the 11th century, they lived in caves and cut outs in the cliffs. It wasn't until 1344 that the first proper monastery was built at Metora when a group of monks from Mount Athos lead by Athanasios Koinovitis came and built the Monastery on road rock. The monks were completely safe from the world, the only way up was with a set of ladders, and these were pulled up whenever the monks felt threatened.
Due to the security of Metora another 20 monasteries were built on the rocks during the 14th century, especially as Byzantine Greece was slowly being absorbed into the Ottoman Empire.
Steps were carved into the rocks during the 1920's, before this the only access to the monasteries were ladders. The monasteries had many priceless artwork and artefacts, but a lot of this was looted during World War Two, Meteora was also bombed during this period.
The term Byzantine art generally refers to the production and artistic expression that developed between the Byzantine Empire between the 4th century and the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The Byzantine art that is born initially in the capital of the empire Istanbul, but was extended to most of the Mediterranean world and east as Armenia. Was the result of interaction both the ancient Greek tradition and the other eastern influence and religiosity. With the prevalence of Christianity, the Byzantine style characterized by the elements of a purely religious art aimed not so much the quest for beauty and harmony as the inner, the notation and the presentation of religious emotion.