Moni Agiou Nikolaou


The 15th-century Moni Agiou Nikolaou is the first monastery you reach from Kastraki, 1km from the village square. Many visitors, keen to press on to the top of the massif, skip it altogether, but it’s well worth making the steep climb up. Inside, it’s very cosy and snug. Its small church, scooped into the rock, holds exceptional frescoes painted by the Cretan monk Theophanes Strelizas, including a gorgeous depiction of The Naming of Animals by Adam in Paradise.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Meteora attractions

1. Moni Megalou Meteorou

0.24 MILES

The Meteora’s largest monastery looks down on Kastraki from the highest rock in the valley (613m). Founded by St Athanasios in the 14th century, it grew…

2. Doupiani Rock

0.27 MILES

Towering above the northern end of Kastraki, Doupiani Rock became home to the region’s first church, Panaghia Doupani, in the late 12th century. Hermits…

3. Moni Varlaam

0.35 MILES

Beside the road a few hundred metres short of Moni Megalou Meteorou, Moni Varlaam was first occupied by the hermit Varlaam around 1350. It’s now…

4. Moni Agias Varvaras Rousanou

0.41 MILES

Dramatically perched atop a steep pinnacle and accessed via a high narrow wooden bridge, Rousanou convent has an intimate atmosphere. Its small community…

5. Meteora Geological History Museum

0.49 MILES

Across from Kastraki’s village church, this simple museum tells the story of the Meteora, from the very beginning of the universe. Panel displays explain…

6. Psaropetra Lookout

0.54 MILES

For a panoramic break while visiting the monasteries, visit the clifftop Psaropetra Lookout, 650m south (right) from the fork in the road where continuing…

7. Agios Andonios

0.67 MILES

This striking cave chapel, set high on the eastern flank of the Pixari rock face and recognisable by its array of coloured scarves, is visible from the…

8. Adhrakhti


A striking solitary rock column known as the adhrakhti (‘obelisk’) commands the skyline as you look up the valley from Kastraki village. Considered the…