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Backpacking in Greece

Selected destinations to visit on the Greek mainland

claralc
by claralcAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeGreece4 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

The sunset on top of the mointains of Meteora!

The sun is super intense!

Itinerary Overview

Last summer I was traveling in Greece with my backpack for a total of three months. I like to take things slow so did not choose to visit plenty of destinations. But the places I discovered were amazing. I travel on a budget so I like to stay in hostels which is also a great opportunity to find out about places to visit. I started my journey in Athens which is an exciting and beautiful city surrounded by mountains. But in this report I want to focus on my four-day trip from Athens to Kalambaka/Meteora and Delphi. I took the train and the bus to get around which was convenient and easy to organize. I stayed three nights in Kalambaka to go hiking in Meteora which contains impressive stone mountains with monasteries at the top. Most people just refer to Meteora as the destination but the actual town where you take the train to and spend the night is called Kalambaka. From Kalambaka I took the bus to Delphi to stay another night and discover the ancient sites which are UNESCO world heritage.

  • 3 Nights: Meteora
    Hiking, monasteries and sunset
  • 1 Night: Delphi
    Explore the archeological sites of Delphi

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I can't think of anything that I would have changed!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    No issues at all.

  • How was the food?

    I recommend Phileo Cafe Bar in Delphi! I had a salad and vegan cake.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    There are a few vegan substitutes at Galaxis supermarket in Kalambaka!

  • Packing tips?

    Sunscreen and a hat! To visit the monasteries one needs to cover their shoulders and legs. It is typical to bring a long scarf to wear as a skirt. The Holy Rock Hostel provides scarves.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the train from Athens to Kalambaka. It takes around four hours.

  • Any surprises?

    No (bad) surprises for me.

  • Booking details?

    Compare Hostelworld and Booking.com for the cheapest hostel price.

Lodging

  • There are two hostels in Kalambaka and decided to go with The Holy Rock Hostel. The atmosphere was super kind and chill thanks to the volunteers that managed the place at the time. The Hostel was not crowded at all which I liked. I stayed in a female four-bed dorm. The beds have curtains and everyone has their personal spacious locker with a key. The kitchen is good for cooking. I got supplies from Galaxies supermarket which offers a few vegan substitutes too.

  • In Delphi there are no hostels. I had a pleasant stay at Sibylla Hotel for around 20 euros. My single room with a private bathroom was simple and comfortable. The owner was friendly and let me store my backpack in the reception area after checkout.