One of the most impressive and unique places in Greece, as well as an important geological phenomenon, is Meteora area. Located on the northwest side of Thessaly region, near Pindos Mountains and Pinios river, Meteora is a huge cluster of dark rocks, widely known for the seven orthodox monasteries, build on top of some of the rock pillars. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, these amazing limestone and granite pinnacles, attract visitors from all over the world especially during Spring and Autumn.
Meteora means “suspended in the air” and besides the historical and religious importance of the beautiful monasteries, the area has a lot to offer to the outdoor enthusiasts. These extraordinary rocks provide some of the best routes for rock climbing in the country and the spot is a top destination for climbers of all skill levels. The climate varies from very cold winters with frequent snowfalls, to extremely hot summers with frequent rainfalls and an average temperature of 32 °C /89.6 °F.
Pillar of Dreams is one of the classic climbs in the area and is located on the north side of the Holy Ghost formation. In order to reach the base of the route, hike the obvious trail that starts below Ayiou Nikolaou Anapavsa Monastery, cross a dirt road and head straight towards the end of the rock.
This climb might not be the hardest or the longest in Meteora, but it is certainly among the most beautiful ones. It has nine pitches with fixed gear, placed one after the other on a good quality, solid rock with some steep sections. Ideal for traditional and sport climbing, most of the pitches are relatively easy to climb for an experienced climber. The top elevation of the rock is at 850 ft/259 m high and once you reach the top, the views and the scenery around you, are out of this world. The rappel down route is called the Route of Water and is marked with a pile of stones.
With more than 650 routes and many more yet to be discovered, as well as over 160 summits suitable even for the most demanding climbers, Meteora is a true paradise for the rock climbing enthusiasts. The best season to visit is from Spring to late Fall. Note that during summer, it is best to avoid the hot sun and climb either early in the morning or in the afternoon. Climbers should take with them a single 60 m/196 ft rope, friends, nuts, quick draws and helmet. If you are visiting the place for the first time, it is best to ask for help from the local guides. Prepare yourself to be amazed once you start climbing!