Have you ever heard of that? Not me. We accidentaly got informed about it through two other bikers we met at Lake Ohrid. We drove through Meteora on our way to our final european destination Thessaloniki, so we decided to visit it.
Meteora is known for it’s monasteries, built on, at or in the hills, so that you think it belongs together.
So we wanted to walk to one of the monasteries, starting at our campsite. Google Maps said, it will take about one hour and so did the plan at the campsite. If we had found the right way immediately, this would have fitted. But first we took the wrong way and the wrong direction.
With the help of the map we got at the campsite, Google Maps an the GPS we tried to find the right direction. After three hour we reached the monastery we had chosen.
Near the monastery the map was quite inaccurate and the mobile phones couldn’t help us either, so we had to navigate through the cardinal directions and the position of the monastery, which we could see above the trees.
Then the pathes turned narrow and we didn’t really know, which of them were the official ones and which of them were just dirt tracks.
One of the paths we took definitely was a dirt path. In fact one, that ended in front of a wall with a fence on it. Inside the wall there was a round ground and on the other side we expected the road leading to the monastery.
As it was not possible to walk beside the wall, we climbed on it an layawayd on the fence.
Later, as we stood at the monastery, we recognized that you have a really good view at exactly that fence. But seemed that nobody has been watching us.
You also could do this whole thing very easy, by visiting the monastery by car or bus, what will take about ten minutes. But in this case you probably won’t be proud, for finally making it there.
Inside the monastery itself was not as exciting as outside as it is just a small building with an even smaller chapel inside. You have to pay for admission and as a woman, you have to put on one of the wrap-around skirts, if you want to enter it.