Guesthouse Elena

Kanari 3, Meteora, 42200, Greece
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Meteora to Olympia

by lanser

I'll be traveling to Greece in July 2011. We will be in Delphi 7/13 and would like to visit Meteora on 7/14. Does anyone know how long of a drive (renting a car) it is from: Delphi to Meteora, and then from Meteora to Olympia. We're not sure of the best car route from Meteora to Olympia, and whether we should stay overnight in Meteora area before heading south to Olympia. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by cachaseiro

You are up for a long journey here, but it´s doable i would say if you are ready for a couple of long days.
If you are in Delphi early on the 13th then i would go and see that and then drive to Meteora and stay the night there.
Then the next morning go as early as possible to see the monestaries and then in the afternoon drive to Olympia.
Going to Olympia you now have a new highway from the Meteora region to the coast near Preveza and from there you have to travel towards Patras.
The coastal road is the shortest, but it´s alos very winding, while the big road inland is longer, but possible to drive faster on.
Both roads take about the same amount of time and if you don´t mind smaller roads then take the coastal road to Patras as it´s very scenic.

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by lanser

Thank you! Can you estimate how many hours from Meteora to Patras or Olympia?

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by Amymoni

You can check this in ViaMichelin, as I just did for you :-)

Costs: 53.85 EUR (Toll 12.20 EUR | Petrol 41.65 EUR)
Time: 06h52 wich 00h48 on motorways
Distance: 440 km wich 78 km on motorways

You will also see that you are in the Patra area (Rio) after 4 hrs and 48 minutes.

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by cachaseiro

The viamichelin estimate is pretty good.
Just be aware that weather can make things slower, especially if it rains as some of the streets are quite small and winding.

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by lanser

Thank you for that link to michelin. Is the trip to Meteora worth the extra day of travel (4 hours from Delphi, and then 6 hours to Olympia)? Most of our 2 week stay will be in Athens, Delphi (furthest north), the Pelepponeses and Mykonos /Santori. We will be losing 1 or 2 days on the islands for this excurion to Meteora. Thank you for any advice.

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by Amymoni

Worth it, you ask - It depends, I answer...
Personally, I think Peloponnese and the mainland have far more to offer than the islands (and I've been to 25 of them). Meteora could be one of the seven wonders of the world, in my opinion, but that's just me. If you feel you will "lose 1-2 days" (on the islands), maybe - for you - the Meteora excursion is not worth the time you spend.

Re: Meteora to Olympia

by cachaseiro

Personally i also think that the mainland is more interesting than the islands.
The islands are touristy to the point where you sometimes have enough of it, while the mainland is still very genuine greek in most places.

Travel Tips for Meteora

Kalambaka Historical Background

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Kalambaka is known because of the famous Monasteries that built on the tops of the Meteora rocks, located around the north and east of the town.
It is a place which is imposed, having a wonderful view, as spiritual place and cult towards god, since the ancient times till today.
The ancient name of the town was Aeginion and it is mentioned in the Hellenic and roman period because of the importance of its location.
The name Aeginion, witnesses a built in wall sign at the east part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. During the X-th century, the town is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is still being used as a metropolitan title.

You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 42' 33.48" N 21º 37' 34.78" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kalambaka Panorama .

You may watch my 3 min 28 sec VIDEO-Clip Kalambaka out of my VT-Tube or Greece Kalambaka out of my YouTube with popular Greek music by Demis Roussos.

The Scenery Around Meteora

by Paul2001

The rock formations in the mountains surrounding the monasteries are truely amazing. For many it might be worth seeing Meteora for the hiking opportunities that the mountains provide however there is one problem. For reasons the only the Greeks would know, there are very few proper hiking trails. Apparently the locals never considered walking as a fun thing to do.

The first monasteries

by Prasnjavi

The first monasteries were not built until the 14th century but it was not until the 16th century that most of monasteries were constructed along with the renovations made to the older ones. It is said that over twenty monasteries were inhabited. Today only four are occupied. These are The Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Agias Triadas and Agiou Stefanou.



Here's a ticket to one of the objects :-) Just to let you know what it looks like.

Don't pay much attention to the price, most people pay full price and I'm a student so I pay only half of it - and I don't remember whose ticket this one was ;-)

Greeks, Byzantium, Orthodoxy...

by Redule

Monks, hermits settled this area in 9-11th century, but when Ottoman Turks started invading Byzantine Empire, the monks climbed higher and higher bringing with themselves Hellenic culture and traditions. I should give you some historical facts to bundle up the Greeks, Byzantium, Orthodoxy and Hellenic culture.
 From 146 BC to 400 AD the Greeks lived under Roman rule, i.e it was considered a province of a Roman Empire.
 Around 400 AD, Germans conquered the western half of the Roman Empire, while the Greece, as eastern part of Roman empire continued to be ruled by Romans, but from Constantinople, the capital of Byzantine Empire that thrived from around 400 AD to 1453 AD.
 The Byzantine Empire at the imperial level was Greek, which was the language of learning, commerce, religion, politics and the military. Greek philosophy ruled intellectual life, Greek Orthodox was the only faith officially supported by the state. However, its political structure and its law were Roman, and its emperors called themselves Emperor of the Romans.
Therefore, we can conclude that Byzantine Empire was the inheritor and successor of ancient Hellenic civilisation and also the initiator and the spreader of Christianity to Eastern Europe and other neighbouring countries.


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