Kalambaka (Thessaly)

Twenty-four monasteries emerged on the countless summits of the rocks from the 14th until the 16th century, 6 of them remain today to be explored and admired by all. These monasteries became centres of the Orthodox creed in the Byzantine era, having produced some of the best pieces of religious art and craft and still possessing a collection of precious manuscripts, which today are on display in their museums. The Meteora monasteries have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Meteora-Antichassia region has been officially declared a Natura 2000 Ecological Zone by the Greek Ministry of Environment, for the protection of its rare species of birds and flowers. On the wall of one of the town’s oldest churches, Saint John the Baptist, there’s a Greek inscription about an ancient Greek settlement under the name Eginio. Relics of an ancient Greek temple, probably for the god Apollo, have been incorporated in the wall of the town’s oldest and most renowned 10th century church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Historical records refer to the town’s Byzantine name as Stagi, by which time it had become a significant centre of the Byzantine Empire. Its modern name originates from the Turkish words “kale mpak” (prestigious castle), deriving from the days of the dominion of the Ottoman Empire. During the German Occupation of Greece, Kalampaka was burnt down by the German army in 1943 and then rebuilt after the war ended.Kastraki (meaning “small castle”) is a small, peaceful village which from afar looks like an eagle’s nest at the bottom of two gigantic rocks. The village seems to pick up from right where the town of Kalampaka ends, when driving towards Meteora. Kastraki is indeed a most picturesque place with an authentic, local character. Feeling closer to the local lifestyle in the Greek province, enjoying the proximity to nature and finding peace of mind are some of the major assets of this place that urge visitors to book accommodation in this traditional, beautiful village. The houses of the locals are mostly made of stone, embellished with roofs of clay tiles. They do not exceed a certain height, as they abide by the regulations of the National Archaeological Committee for the preservation of the village’s local characteristics and out of respect for the surrounding landscape. The village of Kastraki has been classified by the Greek State, following a Presidential Decree, as a traditional resort under preservation, for three consecutive times! It is a pole of natural beauty and Tourism, very distinct in the wider region of Meteora, included in the list of Cultural Heritage Sites of UNESCO. The people of Kastraki share a particular affection and love for flowers. You can see flowers even in the yards of the most humble houses. Often in difficult times of the past the housewives of the locals would make flower pots out of tin cans, with which they decorated their houses and yards.


DISTANCES

Athens-Kalambaka= 350km
Kalambaka-Trikala= 22km
Kalambaka-Karditsa= 50km


  • Validity of package

  • All year round


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