Kalabaka

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Kalabaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly.
Internationally known due to the famous Monasteries on the top of the Meteora rocks, suspended in the air. 

Meteora are one of the greatest monuments of the world, protected by UNESCO, and the most important monastic center in Greece (after Agio Oros). The first ascetics came here in the 11th century. Meteora, however, flourished as a monastic center between the 13th and 14th century as many people who lived in the nearby areas embraced the monastic way of living. The ancient name of Kalabaka was Aiginion, while at the beginning of the 10th c., today's ttown is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is preserved until today as a Metropolitan title.

Kalabaka is a destination rich in history with many important monuments to visit. It is the starting point for those who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos, Koziakas and of course the monasteries of Meteora. The town has  nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tavernas and shops.
The word “kalabaka” originates from Turkish and means powerful fortress.

Sightseeing & Activities around Kalabaka

While visiting Kalabaka, visit the imposing Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.  The Church of the Assumption, stands imposingly in the north of the town. It is built on top of an early Christian basilica. The well crafted pulpit, and the throne are remnants of the early Christian basilica. It is assumed that the ciborium of the altar is an early Christian element. There are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In Kalabaka, you can also visit the unique in Greece, School of Woodcarving.

Don't miss a visit to the Cave of Theopetra thats ranks among the most important archeological prehistoric sites of Greece! Over the past decades, it has revealed many prehistoric findings from many different periods of our prehistory. Stone tools, burials, animal remains, the oldest known man-made structure, are only a few of them! Early prehistoric settlers used it continuously for more than 130.000 years.
Next to Kalabaka, you can pass by the scenic village Kastraki, 2 km NW, which connects with Kalabaka under the shadow of the impressive rocks of Meteora. It took its name after a small Byzantine castle. Pay a visit to the church of Panagia Doupiani  (11th – 12th c.).

Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to hike through winding stone paths and gaze at a unique geological phenomenon formed as a result of a chain of erosions and geological changes over a period of 15 million years. In 1988 Meteora was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you are a believer, a spiritual seeker or a cultural traveller, this emotive place will offer you the opportunity to commune with nature, taking you on an unforgettable journey in the most profound sense of the word.

Admire scenic views from secret spots during hiking tours, climb on the majestic rocks and rappel from the top of a rock, like James Bond. Visit the monasteries and learn about the culture and history of this unique place in the world. To add some refreshing tone to your excursion, spend a couple more days  to visit the beautiful Lake Plastira or the mountainous region of Pertouli. Meteora is one of the most spectacular and extraordinary landscapes in Greece. Discover the hidden treasures of the area and prepare yourselves for the ultimate hiking adventure! Go hiking or climbing in Meteora 




Filming in Kalabaka

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)

After a British information-gathering vessel gets sunk into the sea, Agent 007 is given the responsibility of locating the lost encryption device and thwarting it from entering inimical hands. Therefore, he comes to Greece and collaborates with the charming Melina Havelok, daughter of archaeologists who seeks revenge for the unjustified murder of her parents.

DIRECTOR: JΟΗΝ GLEN
FILMING LOCATION: CORFU, KALABAKA

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SKYRIDERS (1976)

A footloose pilot, whose ex-wife and child are kidnapped by mercenaries for ransom, plans his own rescue attempt after bungling police operation doesn't produce results. He decides to raid the terrorists' remote mountainside fortress in Greece and hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him.

DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS HICKOX
FILMING LOCATION: KALABAKA

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TINTIN ET LE MYSTERE DE LA TOISON D'OR (1961)

The famous Belgian reporter Tintin, along with his dog Snowy (Milou) and Captain Haddock, sail to Greece in an old rust bucket called the Golden Fleece. Soon enough though, the ship's hidden secret gets them all in big trouble.

DIRECTOR: JEAN JACQUES VIERNE
FILMING LOCATION: ATHENS, KALABAKA

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From Athens via PATHE (Athens-Thessaloniki), and continue to Livadia-Lamia Road to Meteora, the journey is 4 hours. From Thessaloniki via PATHE (Athens-Thessaloniki) and continue via Larissa-Trikala Road lasts 3 hours.

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