Arahova is only 12 km from Delphi and obviously, when you are in Arahova, you are heading to a visit of Delphi! Though Arahova has nothing really special to visit, it is pleasant and can be a good alternative for a hotel when visiting Delphi. It is doubtlessly more pleasant and cheaper than the modern city of Delphi as it has a life by itself and is not entirely dedicated to tourism!
There used to be special carpets produced in Arahova but I do not know if they can still be found or if they are now replaced by Chinese duplicates.
Arachova sits on a mountain which is located in the south and the Parnassus Mountains in the north. The urban houses lie from west to east on a hill with a slope of 45 to 50°.
Arachova is a tourist attraction because of the proximity to popular Delphi but was developed in the late 20th century with a ski resort.
Although the date Arachova was established is unknown, it must have been around 800-850 A.D. as the church of St. John was built in 900 A.D. Arahova (Arachova) with that name has been rewarded with a lot of honorable pages in the modern History of Greece.
In 1826 at the Arachovas’ battle victory, the Greeks over the Ottomans with their chief Georgios Karaiskakis injured deadly the Turkish chief Moustabey and together with the deep snow that was falling at that time turned the barbarians in disorderly withdrawal.
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You may watch my high resolution photo of Arachova on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38º 28' 42.92" N 22º 35' 43.60" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Arachova Panorama .
When I heard the name of Arachova for the first time it seemed to me very Russian. And I was right! There are several theories as to the origin of the name Arachova. One is that the name is Slavic, being composed of two words Ara and Hova or the place of the walnut trees.
So we called it Arachov(ka) on Russian manner, ha-ha! This is as possibility as there were in past and still you may see a lot of walnut trees in the area.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Just like in Athens, there are dogs in the streets of Arachova: only the local dogs are furry, better prepared for the high altitudes...