(This visit was hosted by Visit Meteora Tourism. However, the view and opinions expressed are entirely my own.)
Kalambaka & Meteora Greece is definitely a MUST-SEE Destination that you don’t want to miss when visiting Greece!
As many of you know my family recently spent a few months living in Greece over the winter. The last place we visited in Greece before heading to Ireland. The last place we visited while in Greece was Kalabaka a small city resting at the base of the awe-inspiring Meteora monasteries. We absolutely loved our time there, and hope to be able to go back. In fact, it has been almost 2 months since we visited there and our kids are still talking about it!
For those planning on going to Kalambaka and Meteora Greece here is our top 5 tips for how to get the most out of your family visit.
Tip 1 Take advantage of the great tours offered by Visit Meteora to go see the Monasteries. Built between the 14th and 16th century by Greek Orthodox Monks, the Meteora Monasteries are simply incredible. (You can read all about our experience going on Visit Meteora’s Half Day tour where we actually got to go inside two of the 6 still active Meteora Monasteries HERE.)
Tip 2 Take time to explore Kalabaka. We loved wondering the streets of Kalabaka with our kids to check out the cool buildings. Not far from where we were staying at the Alsos House (you can read our review of this family friendly accommodation HERE) was an old Byzantine Church that was built between the 9th and 11th Century and is still used by locals today. This place was absolutely amazing!
Tip 3 Enjoy the local Outdoor activities available. Al around Kalambaka and Meteora there are places where you can go Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and Hiking. We particularly enjoyed taking our kids on a hike along the Meteora Trail. The Old Meteora trail starts in the old district of Meteora and goes all the way up to the main road that connects all the Monasteries. This trail is easy for kids of all ages (we even managed to take our 2 year old most of the way up in a stroller.
Tip 4 Enjoy the Local Food. While in Kalabaka we arranged through Visit Meteora to take a cooking class at the local Elias Garden Restaurant to experience classic Greek Cuisine and my family loved it (read more about our experience HERE) In addition to great restaurants there are a lot of fun fast food establishments that have tasty food at great prices (my kids loved the Chicken and Bacon gyro pitas) and delicious bakeries. (can I say I am addicted to the Chocolate Croissants found in almost all these bakeries?!?)
Tip 5 As tourists in a foreign country it is often the habit to only spend a brief time at any destination then jump on to the next. This way you get to see the most places in a short amount of time. However, there is something to say about staying longer at a great destination. Honestly, there are soo many fun things to see and do in Kalambaka and Meteora that to really get the most our of your stay I highly recommend staying 3 or 4 nights. This way you can break up your itinerary so you can savor each experience and just enjoy the whole experience without feeling like you are just rushing from one place to the next.
Seriously if you are planning a European vacation that includes Greece you definitely want to make sure you include Kalambaka and Meteora in your plans. You won’t regret it!