Follow my blog with Bloglovin Heylo everyone! How are you all doing? As promised, I am back with another post from the trip, this time it's Delphi and Meteora — two of the most popular ancient sites and destinations of Greece. Both of the sites are located a bit far from Athens, in the central Greece. There is a great amount of history and importance associated with these two sites. Although many people try to cover these two places in one day but that is very exhaustive. We did both of these in a 2-day trip and I don't recommend doing these in one day.
Delphi - Greece Travel Diaries
We took a 2-day tour for Delphi and Meteora from Athens. Delphi is the house of ancient ruins and rich history. It is a UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site. The ruins are so very well preserved that you can't stop staring and being amazed at every turn. The site of Delphi is located along the slopes of Mount Parnassus. It also includes the sanctuary of Apollo. It has multiple buildings and structures and each has its own fair share of history. Some of buildings are Temple of Apollo, Treasury of Athens, theatre, gymnasium and Omphalos (considered to be the navel of the earth). This site has breathtaking views of the valley, that you can soak up as long as you want.
After the visit at the Delphi site we headed for some delicious lunch and then straight to our hotel in Kalabaka.
Meteora - Greece Travel Diaries
Our day 2 started with a hearty breakfast at our hotel. We stayed at Amalia Hotel, Kalambaka, which is a decently priced, good hotel. After leaving the hotel, we first went to a local gallery of Byzantine icons. Byzantine art is very much present in the modern day Greece; but to see how it's made is a total new experience.
After the gallery, we headed to the infamous monasteries. There are many monasteries built on top of high cliffs accessible by staircases in the rock formations. These were created to serve the monks and nuns following the Eastern Orthodox Church.
These are very beautifully designed; with special care to the intricate details. A lot of use of brass is visible in the monasteries that adds to the beauty; however, photography is prohibited inside the main church building.
We visited two of the many monasteries of Meteora: Varlaam Monastery and Saint Stephen's Holy Monastery.
Make sure you wear fully covered bottoms (no shorts/short skirts) as they do not allow bare legs. However, there is an option of borrowing wrap around skirts from the entrance at no cost.
How's What in Delphi & Meteora, Greece?
FOOD: Very good, amazing variety and the best part is getting numerous vegetarian options in almost all the restaurants! The must try foo is at restaurants where you get home-style food, it's delicious.
TRANSPORT: As we took a tour from Athens to Delphi and Meteora, we didn't had to rely on public transport. I'd suggest go for car rental if you can, or taxi if you are in a group of 3-4. The best option would be a tour from Athens to Delphi and Meteora. Within the city, taxis are good.
SAFETY: Usually it is safe but as with any other tourist place, being cautious is the way to go.
PEOPLE: Extremely helpful, courteous, and full of life.
OUR STAY: We stayed at Amalia Hotel in Kalambaka, which is a chain of hotels across Greece. Very well made, excellent staff and superb breakfast and dinner spreads. Although this particular hotel in Kalambaka had pretty minimalist and basic rooms, the facilities, the premises, the food and all such stuff took over and we were okay with the rooms too.
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Have you been to Greece? If yes, share your stories with me in the comment section, would love to know your stories. 🙂 If not, then I hope you get to visit Greece soon.
Have you checked out my first post from Athens? Check it here.
As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 🙂