Meteora Pyli Geopark added to UNESCO Global Geoparks network


The Meteora Pyli Geopark is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network as it has just become one of the now 213 Geoparks located in 48 countries around the world.

According to, the Geopark was among a group of 18 new geoparks whose addition was announced on Wednesday following a bid submitted by the Thessaly Region, the Natural Environment & Climate Change Agency (N.E.C.C.A.), Trikala Chamber, the Trikala Development Agency (KENAKAP S.A.) and the municipalities of Meteora and Pyli.

Meteora Mayor Lefteris Avramopoulos said that it put the region on the global geoparks map and highlighted the role of geoparks in serving local communities, contributing in the preservation of their geological heritage and a sustainable approach to growth.

“It is a significant recognition that opens new avenues, strengthening developmental momentum with the aim of extending the tourist season on terms of quality and sustainability,” Mr Avramopoulos said, thanking all the agencies involved in this result.

The Meteora Pyli UNESCO Global Geopark covers an area of 2,409.5 square kilometres and it has a unique landscape and natural environment, as well as its rich biodiversity, geological monuments and geodiversity.

Nestled in the heart of mainland Greece, the Meteora Pyli UNESCO Global Geopark stands out for its breathtaking scenery and natural diversity. Most notably, the geopark is renowned for the towering Meteora sandstone columns that reach heights of up to 300 meters. At the top of the columns one can find the iconic Byzantine monasteries, constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries.





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