Meeting the Mayor – Magnificent Meals and more in Meteora

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – Hotel Famissi

We drove nearly all day, with a 2 hour stop in Ancient Delphi, and then heading on past snow-capped mountains toward the Meteora region.

We are booked to stay in a lovely hotel called “Hotel Famissi”.  

When we drive in Kalampaka, it appears that Famissi is a popular name for hotels, but there is only one “Hotel Famissi” and it is right on the main corner – so easy to find.

There was parking right outside on the side road, so as it was really cold, we decided to get in there as quick as we could, and then head out to dinner at Meteoron Panorama Restaurant.

We were pretty impressed as soon as we walked into this lovely 3-star hotel.  It exudes charm and grace in the lovely reception area.

Meeting the Mayor – Magnificent Meals and more in Meteora

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – Reception area of Hotel Famissi

It felt warm with the open fire in the corner, and it seemed sophisticated and very tastefully decorated in the interior.

Meeting the Mayor©Exploramum and Explorason – The relaxed luxury of Hotel Famissi

We headed to our room and were pretty happy that someone had been thoughtful enough to turn the heating on.  Little things that make a difference on a chilly night.

©Meeting the Mayor©Exploramum and Explorason – Hotel Famissi – our suite looking toward the balcony

It was nice to have twin beds too. The room had a lot of storage space, and a lovely desk, and the nice part was the balcony and table and chairs that looked out onto the lights of a cross on one of the rocks behind us, and a lit-up church nearby.

©Meeting the MayorExploramum and Explorason – Hotel Famissi – our suite looking toward the bathroom en-suite

After dinner and a walk along the main shopping street, we returned for an early night – and a bath – perfect!

©Meeting the MayorExploramum and Explorason – Hotel Famissi – perfect size bath for Explorason – lovely hot water too

The next morning I woke as it was dusk.

I love to have my quiet time in peace. I carry my own roasted ground coffee, and a coffee plunger, so I sat with my lovely steaming hot coffee on the balcony, and I was in love with the view.  It was a moment all to myself; staring at the gorgeous rock-top monasteries and feeling the peace and tranquillity of the area.

They say the monks built the monasteries to be closer to God.  I must admit, I think I felt God’s presence in this place, and at that moment.

Meeting the Mayor©Exploramum and Explorason – Meteroa, Greece – Hotel Famissi – the morning view from my balcony

We had a great breakfast. Traditionally Greek with cheeses and bread, cereals, coffee, juice etc.  Just the right amount to fill us for our hike we were about to embark on, to hidden wonders of the Meteora region.

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – Meteora, Greece – morning hike

You can read about our hike (organized by George from ‘Visit Meteora‘, a tour company, with Lazaro as our guide) separately as we visit a rock top monastery, and eat wild mushrooms.

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – Meteora, Greece – wild mushroom education

We had a chance to see over the clifftops and to explore incredible Monasteries.

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – Meteora, Greece – incredible views

But we are privileged before lunch to have a visit to The Mayor’s office.  He was a delightful man.  Explorason was pretty pleased when they handed out the hugest chocolates he had seen too.  Perfect for that sugar fix after a long hike.

©Meeting the Mayor©Exploramum and Explorason – Visiting the Mayor’s office

I was very impressed with Mr Christos Sinanis, The Mayor.  As he spoke (and they interpreted for us) I could feel his heart for this region.  He was a warm and friendly man and he took some time to come and encourage Explorason.

We then all went to lunch, and at lunch, he again came and ruffled Explorason’s hair and gave him an encouraging squeeze.  A gentle and nice person.

We were each treated to a goodie bag filled with fantastic posters, postcards and a gores bottle of Meteora wine.  Quite fortunate Explorason can’t drink – that means I get two bottles!

©Meeting the Mayor©Exploramum and Explorason – with The Mayor

We then went to lunch. By now I think it was about 2:00 pm and we were greeted by traditionally dressed Greek staff at Restaurant Palazzo. Ideal for a photo moment for us.

©Meeting the MayorExploramum and Explorason – Restaurant Palazzo

The food was just fantastic.  About 15 – 20 different dishes came out on the table. I didn’t get a chance for any photos after the first few dishes. There were too many hands eager to eat!  It was such healthy food too – just right after a morning in the mountain air.

There was absolutely no way we could finish it all. Feeling full and relaxed after a glass of wine, I was ready for a sleep.

Meeting the Mayor

©Exploramum and Explorason – healthy entree at Restaurant Palazzo

But instead of sleeping, we were off to view the other side of the town heading up for a mystical view.  And I am so, so glad we did.  We were taken to some of the most delightful viewpoints – right until dusk.

We were then dropped back to our hotel.

Time for a bath and a bit of internet, and then we were off to dinner at Restaurant Panelinio, (which is located in the town hall square) to meet the rest of our group.

We walk to the other end of town this night.  I think my legs really have done a lot of walking today, and it feels so good to be healthy and breathing the cool evening air.  As soon as we entered the restaurant I noticed it was a warm room, with a lovely traditionally decor – it was perfect.

DSCF3416©Exploramum and Explorason – Farewell Dinner at Panelinio Restaurant – our group.

The dishes here were very traditionally Greek.  I loved the stuffed peppers, and grilled vegetables with tzatziki.

DSCF3404©Exploramum and Explorason – Farewell Dinner at Panelinio Restaurant – some of the delicious food

Explorason is really tired as it has been such a great day, so we are the first to leave.  I wish I could have stayed longer, but we have a long drive ahead of us tomorrow.  So it is time to say goodbye to everyone, and to thank George from Visit Meteora – he has really made our time so memorable.

Meteora has been one of the highlights of our world tour.

Please continue to follow our journey.  We have a long way to go, and amazing places to explore.



Accommodation Name: Hotel Famissi

Location:  Trikalon 103, Kalampaka 422 00, Greece

Telephone:  +30 2432 024117



Date stayed: October, 2014Breakfast:  Yes Bar: Yes Wi-fi:  Yes Child-friendly: Yes 


Tour Company Name: Visit Meteora

Address: Patriarchou Dimitriou 2Kalampaka, Greece

Telephone:  +30 24320 23820



Lunch Restaurant Name: Restaurant Palazzo

Address: Vitouma Street, 422 00 Kalampaka – Meteora

Telephone:  30 2432077747



Dinner Restaurant Name: Panellinio Restaurant

Address: Vlachava Street, Kalampaka

Telephone:  (+30) 24320 24735



Full disclosure: All opinions in this blog are my own and not provided by the companies mentioned.  However, the aim is to provide useful and positive information about their services. We were not paid in any way for this review.

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