Meteora is famous for the monasteries built on top of the impressive rocks in the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki. Since 1989 it is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Meteora is both the name of the nature reserve and the cultural attractions in the area.
The children will be amazed by the view over the monasteries on top of the strangely shaped mountains. Most of the six monasteries are open six days a week and great to visit with older children. Some of the monasteries have their own museums. The monastery of Megalou Meteorou is located on the highest and longest rock. Its Folklore Museum shows old tools and appliances, clothing and more. The Agia Triada monastery also hosts a Folklore Museum and in the museum of the Agios Stefanos monastery you will find an impressive display of church items such as scripts, icons, silverware and fabrics. The climb up the stairs and the paths to the monasteries are not suitable for young kids and not stroller accessible.
Monasteries are not the only sights of Meteora. An absolute must visit for families is the modern Natural History Museum of Meteora in Kalabaka. The museum also hosts a unique mushroom collection. The museum explains the geological and natural history of the area with a large fauna exhibition of 350 species of birds and mammals. These are exhibited in their natural environment and makes you travel you back in time. The museum organizes activities for children and family workshops.
The impressive character of the Meteora mountains and nature makes it very suitable for hiking tours. Several tour agencies organize accompanied walks for families. Are you children too young to walk? Than opt for an organized family tour by private minibus. It will give your family a taste of the natural beauty and history of Meteora by making stops at the most important lookout points.
Be aware you need a baby carrier to visit Meteora.