Among the top 20 destinations around the world which one must visit in 2023 is Meteora, according to a long feature of the French newspaper Le Monde.
The report presents in detail the uniqueness of the area, as well as its great historical and cultural heritage, while suggestions for cycling or walking tours and all the useful information for organising the trip are also included.
Founded in 1944, the daily afternoon newspaper is considered France’s most trusted national newspaper, according to a 2021 Reuters Institute poll, operating a website among the country’s 50 most visited and can be easily obtainable in many non-French-speaking countries.
Le Monde’s annual Top 20 list for 2023 includes Meteora in the sixth place, referring to it as “the suspended islands” due to its unique geological landscape shaped millions of years ago, when the sea covering the area gave way to dry land creating the famed UNESCO Word Heritage site.
The newspaper’s journalist Bénédicte Bocays mentions Meteora as a family of “limestone giants” that are home “to monasteries built between the 14th and 16th century”. Bocays visited the area last year during a fam trip organised by the Greek National Tourism Organization’ (GNTO) branch in France.
Furthermore, Yoanna Sultan-R’bibo, the French publication’s editor responsible for its travel, design and gastronomy sections, says that Meteora is the “second most popular site in Greece after the Acropolis in Athens“.
She adds that the area is ideal for walking tours starting from the nearby town of Kalambaka and continuing up to the “incredible” seven-century-old cave monasteries.
The newspaper’s travel feature on Meteora also offers a detailed description of the area, emphasising on its historical and cultural heritage. Useful information for those interested in organising a trip to the region is also included, and really, what more convincing do you need?!
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