Meteora Zagori Photo Tour – What to expect
This is a 7days photography small group size tour that will guide you into landscape and scenery photography, designed for all photography levels. We visit this beautiful North Greece scenery and photograph available light the most interesting villages, landscapes, found in Meteora and Zagori. During each day we travel to nearby traditional small villages. This Meteora Zagori Photo Tour is also about sunset and sunrise photography so be prepared to venture into the most beautiful North Greece scenery for our photography trip.
You will also learn the basics of astrophotography, as summer, spring and autumn in Greece is the best place to explore night photography. Star Trails and Milky Way photographs will be our main subjects during our stay at Meteora and Zagorochoria. While we explore the basics of astrophotography, late hours into the night might not be for everyone, so this chapter is optional. Like all vacations in Greece local food is high in our list of things to do, we will taste local gastronomy and wines!
Places we visit during our Meteora Zagori Photo Tour are many of the old monasteries found atop of the rock formations, two waterfalls found in the area, Theopetra’s prehistoric cave, Kalampaka city, Kastraki traditional village, arched stone bridges found in several places at Zagoria, the traditional villages of Papigo, Mikro Papigo and much more.
Information about Meteora
The Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are build on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindos Mountains, in central Greece. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Weathering and earthquakes then shaped them into their present shape. Beside the Pindos Mountains, at the western region of the Thessaly, in the middle of northern Greece, these sandstone rocks rise from the ground. The rocks are composed of a mixture of sandstone and conglomerate. They were formed about 60 million years ago.
The cave of Theopetra is located 4 kilometres from Kalambaka. Its uniqueness from an archaeological perspective is that in it contains, within a single site, the records of two greatly significant cultural transitions: The replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans, and the later transition from hunter-gathering to farming after the end of the last Ice Age.
Information about Zagori
Zagori is a region and a municipality in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, in northwestern Greece. It has an area of some 1,000 square kilometers and contains 46 villages known as Zagori villages (Zagorochoria), and is in the shape of an upturned equilateral triangle. The southern corner of the triangle contains the provincial capital, Ioannina, the south-western side is formed by Mount Mitsikeli (1,810m). The Aoos river and Mount Tymfi constitute the northern side, and the south-eastern side runs along the Varda river to Mount Mavrovouni (2,100m) near Metsovo. The municipality has an area of 989.796 km2. The population of the area is about 3,700, which gives a population density of 4 inhabitants per square kilometer, compared to an average of 73.8 for Greece as a whole.
Zagori is an area of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two National Parks. One including the river Aoos and the Vikos Gorge, the other around Valia Kalda, to the east of the imposing snow-capped Mt Tymphe. The 46 villages of Zagori were interconnected by mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges until modern roads were opened in the 1950s. The stone arched bridges were built by benefactions from expatriate merchants in the 18th century and replaced older wooden bridges.
This photo tour, the Meteora Zagori Photo Tour, starts at Meteora and ends at Zagori.