Arachova Travel Guide

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Arachova Things to Do

  • Narrow streets

    If you want to drive here, you better know what you are doing as these roads are extremely narrow and in places allows one car only.

  • Ski slopes

    This is a very famous place for skiing in Greece. The famous ski center of Parnassus mountain (2.453 m) is considered to be the best one in Greece, there are 16 ski runs and thousands of people who visit it every weekend (not in the summer...).

  • Mount Parnassus

    Mount Parnassus is the mountain on which Arachova and Delphi is built. It is barren limestone that gives it a very earie feeling. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo, the Corycian nymphs, and the home of the Muses.Mount Parnassus is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora and the man Kleopompus.

  • Mount Parnassos

    Mount Parnassos (Oρος Παρνασoς) is a 2457 m mountain standing in the center of Greece, overhanging both Delphi (12km as the crow flies) and Arahova (6km as the crow flies). The modern name of Mount Parnassos is Mount Diakoura. This is what you will get on maps. In the Greek antiquity, Mount...

  • Arahova

    Arahova is clung to the mountain, on a steep slope. No wonder that the road to reach it and to pass through the city it is narrow and uneasy.It has a long history. Already in 2000 BC the cities of Anemoria and Kiparissos were mentioned. Arahova was later built on their ruins.Much later, in1823, Arahova became famous for the victory of the Greeks...

  • Parnassus Mount

    Mount Parnassus is a mountain of barren limestone that towers above Delphi and Arachova. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo, the Corycian nymphs, and the home of the Muses.Mount Parnassus is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora and the man Kleopompus.When we visited Arachova the Mountain was covered...

  • Agios Georgios

    Agios Georgios is one of the main ones for two reasons. First of all, it is the biggest Church in Arachova, and it is perched on the Afano hill, the highest of the five hills along the slopes of which the city of Arachova has settled on, and also the highest inhabited area of Mount Parnassus. Another fact that makes this church one of the most...

  • St Nicholas Bell Tower

    There is a beautiful clock tower hanging out over a cliff in the middle of town.The church of Agios Nikolaos is another interesting construction, found on the top of another slope, and with a great bell tower. The mountainous relief of this town also assures great views.You may watch my high resolution photo of Arachova on the Google Earth...

  • Tirias Hill (Cheese Hill)

    The clock tower of Arachova is situated at the top of a rocky hilled called Tirias. In the past it was ysed a na natural refridgirator for the storage of cheese. During the German occupation the locals used to hind various things in there. In the past the "Telalis" ( used to be the man who announced the various news at the villagers) was climbing...

  • "I Ora" (The Time)

    It is one of the first things that we see as we enter Arachova. It was build at the antry of the 18th century as the bell tower of the Metropolitan church of Eisodia tis Theotokou but was devastated from the strong earthquake of 1870. During WWII the Germans, among the other devastations that they did to the village, blow it up. In 1966 the abbot...

  • Visit the Monastery of Ossios Loukas

    The monastery lies on the west slope of Mount Elikonas, below the acropolis of ancient Steirion. It is enclosed by a wall and comprises two storeyed blocks of cells, a bell-tower, the Refectory on the south side and the two adjoining churches, at the centre of the enclosure.

  • The best ski center!

    Skiing winter in Greece is closely connected to Arachova, especially at the latest years. The famous ski center of Parnassus mountain (2.453 m) is considered to be the best one in Greece, there are 16 ski runs and thousands of people who visit it every weekend (not in the summer...).Visiting the national park of Parnassus is a unique experience...


Arachova Hotels

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  • Hotel Skamnos

    At the foot of western Parnassos the highest mountain in Central Greece of 2457 meters, awaits a...

  • Anemolia Resort & Conference

    Arachova, Central Greece, 320 04, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Aegli Resort & Spa

    Parnassos street 2, Arachova, 32004, Greece

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Arachova Restaurants

  • Panagiota, A Vibrant Restaurant

    One of the best restaurants of Arachova. We liked it very much because of its wonderful food, its fantastic local red wine and the warn welcome of the waiters. The staff is helpful and they are going to help you when you have trouble choosing from some many delisses.

  • Local Greek food

    There are a lot of restaurants and taverns in Arachova. Our guide has chosen this Tavern because it can serve large tourist groups rather quickly. So we stayed there for an hour and enjoyed its kitchen and beautiful views on the Parnassus and Arachova area. Restaurant Type:TavernaKitchen Type:TavernaPrices: 9 - 18 €

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Arachova Transportation

  • Getting to Arachova

    Arachova located in the western part of the prefecture of Viotia. It is one of the highest towns. It is connected with GR-48 linking Amfissa and Livadeia with curvy roads westward to Delphi and GR-29 with curvy roads linking to villages near the Gulf of Corinth and Distomo. It is located SE of Amfissa, S of Lamia, W of Livadeia, 160 km NW of...

  • Better Taking a Car

    The best way to go to Arachova is by car. It is aprox. 160km from Athens. With a car you have the freedom of exploring the area and visiting the ski center of Parnassos. There are busses, both public and private (from various ski companies), but there is no public bus carrying you to the ski center. So driving the car or hiring a taxi is the most...

  • Getting to Ossios Loukas

    Getting to the monastery of Ossios Loukas can be difficult if you are not renting your own car. The best way to get there is to take the bus that runs between Delphi and Athens and asked to get dropped off at the road that leads to Distomo (nearest town to Ossios Loukas). You will then have to walk 3km to town to get a taxi to the monastery.


Arachova Shopping

  • Buy Traditional Arachova Products

    It is a traditional shop that offers you a great variety of loval dairy products in very good prices. Try Formaella, a typical local cheese. Formaella, Other Types of Cheese, Trachanas, Xylopites (Local Pasta) Olives, Liquers made of Herbes collected from the mountain.

  • Araxova tapestry

    Araxova is supposedly famous for its rugs, and they say you should bargain and the prices will lower. All right...

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Arachova Local Customs

  • Sheep-fold on the slopes of Mount...

    During our various travels throughout Greece, we have often seen interesting sheepfolds, most of the time hidden along small dirt roads. This one was in the Delphi-Arahova area, ie on the slopes of Mount Diakoura/Parnassos. It is unusually large with several long and very low buildings, built in stones and covered with heavy Roman tiles.

  • Arachovas' Easter

    With all the processions and celebrations, Easters in Arahova are a great time to visit for a taste of the native culture. It is a treat for visitors to watch the native people in their national costumes as well as taste the traditional cuisine and wine.

  • Easter in Arachova

    The preparations for the Easter, in Arachova, start on Shrove Monday. The locals must see about all the aspects of a traditional Easter feast, including the lamb, the spit, their Easter clothes, the fustanella, the woollen clothes of Saint George, the eggs and the confectionery.Tradition requires that lambs be roasted on the spit and feasting be...


Arachova Tourist Traps

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    Like every town situated on slopes of mountains Arachova has very narrow streets. No unusual - but it has a very narrow and tight central street along which all the transit transport is passing by.

    When we moved by our excursion bus along the central street we stopped and even moved back several times because we met other buses and lorries which couldn’t pass by our bus until we move back or drive aside. I've never seen something like that!

    Arachova - Buses in jam!
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Arachova Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • Korikio Andro

    From Arahova, a small road leads after 6 km to Koriκio Andro (Koριkιo Aνδρo) or Corycian cave (from the nymph Corcya), a cave that was already famous in the antiquity, visited by Nymphs and Pan with the Thyads. It is also named Pan’s cave It is said that during the winter months the governing gods at Delphi...

  • Monastery of Ossios Loukas - Crypt

    Inside the crypt you can find the remains of Ossios Loukas and other saints, along with more beautiful frescoes.Loukas Stereiotis was born in Aegina in 906. He was very spiritual and left his home as a teenager to live in isolation in central Greece. He later developed a reputation as a healer, and arrived in the area of the present monastery in...


Arachova Sports & Outdoors

  • A Sports Paradise

    Arahova offers various recreation and sports activities, beyond skiing, such as trekking, hiking, cycling and parasailing. The beautiful fields and nature trails are a source of relaxation and rejuvenation for the visitors. Guided trails are also available.

  • You can SKI in Araxova!

    Araxova is a hilltop village with ski slopes nearby. It's the actual Mount Parnassus here, the highest elevation in Greece.

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Arachova Favorites

  • Delphi

    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...

  • Geographical and Historical Background

    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...

  • Arachova Name Origin Background

    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...


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