Delfon 145, Arachova, 32004, Greece
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Sheep-fold on the slopes of Mount Parnassos
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Travel Tips for Arachova
When you finally make it to Greece you will see that your teachers were right and how the mountainous terrain contributed to the self-sufficiency of the Greek city-states. From Athens to Delphi, we only see mountains - and Arachova itself lies on the hillsides of Mount Parnassus.
The fest of St. George
The inhabitants of Arachova believe in Saint George. Their faith has been forged through historic ordeals and is, still today, deeply expressed through a three-day feast organised in honour of this saint in April. It is called “Panigyraki” (the little fete). It owes its name to the “Panigyraki” dance, which is exclusively typical of Arachova.
The worship of Saint-George in Arachova is associated with many legends, traditions, songs and the history of the region. During the fete, many of the locals wearing traditional costumes gather at the courtyard of the Holy Church of Saint George. The old dance the “Panigyraki” traditional dance to the accompaniment of the bagpipes and the snare drums. Then, the young and the old inhabitants of Arachova participate in an uphill race towards the headquarters of Mustafa Bey. The winner’s prize is a living lamb.
Afterwards, the lamb is barbecued at the courtyard of the church of Saint George where some sports take place. Characteristic delicious tidbits of Arachova are generously offered to tourists and the locals.
Monastery of Ossios Loukas
I wasn't sure which page to put this on. The nearest town is Distomo but that is not on VT, so I decided to put it on the next closest town, Arachova.
The Monastery of Ossios Loukas was founded around 945 by a hermit named Loukas Stereiotis. The main building was built in 1011 by Emperor Romanos and contains precious mosaics, frescoes, and icons.
The monastery saw lots of fighting during Ottoman rule. It was also an important location during the Greek revolution, and is where Bishop Isaias declared his support to the freedom fighters in 1821. The monastery has been damaged by earthquakes over the years and was bombed in 1943 during WWII.
Admission is charged. There is a dress code. No shorts or bare shoulders. Women must wear a skirt that is about ankle length. Men must wear long pants. Hours are 8am-6pm daily but it may be closed for a few hours in the afternoon from 2pm-4pm.
Getting there if you aren't renting a car is a pain and may require it to turn into a whole day's trip, but it is well worth the trouble. The best way to get there is to take the bus that runs between Athens and Delphi and asked to get dropped off at the road that runs to Distomo. Walk the 3km to Distomo and take a taxi to the monastery 8km away.
See my other "Off the beaten path" tips for more info.
Arahova, a mountain town
Arahova or Arachova is the Latin transcription of the Greek name which is spelt Aραηoϖα.
Arahova is a mountain town built between 800 and 1100 m of elevation on the northern slopes of Mount Parnassos. It is 157 km from Athens, 12 km from Delphi, 25 km from several beaches (Antikira, Itea and Galaxidi) and 25 km from Parnassos ski station. It has 3330 inhabitants.
Arahova, more beautiful in winter
Arahova is a traditional picturesque town located high up on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, It is one of the most modern ski resort of Greece.
During winter its alos famous for its nightlife, during winter weekends
I was there in the 3 days of 2006, and it was in a very holiday atmosphere.
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