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Arachova

Mostly famous for its cosmopolitan vibe, Arachova is so much more than the title “Winter Mykonos”.

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How would you like a romantic walk at the picturesque paved alleys? Or maybe walking down its bustling central road? A walk in Arachova, reveals the charming combining of the old with the new. All of the above, at the holy grounds of the mountain of Apollo.

How would you like a romantic walk at the picturesque paved alleys? Or maybe walking down its bustling central road? A walk in Arachova, reveals the charming combining of the old with the new. All of the above, at the holy grounds of the mountain of Apollo.

The undoubtedly mistress of Parnassus is built in an amphitheatric way and it spreads magnificently to the south hillsides of Parnassus, at an altitude of 960 meters, ending up at a cliff where Pleistos river flows.

Arachova is full of life. The wild beauty combined with the unaltered traditional character, its cosmopolitan face and the numerous activities the majestic Parnassus offers, place it rightfully at the top of the Greek winter tourism and at the list with the top destinations for the other seasons too.

Activities*

The main activity for the fans of snow is skiing at one of the ski resorts in Parnassus. Hiking, climbing, mountain cycling at the exquisite trails of the national park of Parnassus will offer you unique experiences in nature and a breath of life.

Sight-seeing in Arachova*

  • Lakka Square:The ultimate hot spot in Arachova could not have been other than its central paved square, with the dozens stores and the beautiful decoration.
  • Egarsios – Agios Georgios: It’s really worth climbing the steps (Egarsios) that start from the central road, in order to reach the Holy Church of Agios Georgios where you can marvel the beautiful view. In honor of Agios Georgios, every year the popular Festival is carried out.
  • Arachova’s Clock: The distinguishing feature of Arachova is the sheer rock with the clock, which dates back to the beginnings of the 18th century. The rock on which it was built was used as a natural refrigerator for the preservation of cheeses.
  • Next to the clock rock, the Holy Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary and the old Elementary School which now operates as the Ethnographic Museum of Arachova.

Gastronomy

At Arachova’s taverns and restaurants you can taste local meats such as the famous mutton kontosouvli and kokoretsi, traditional homemade pies, traditional tidbits and sarmas (cabbage rolls) from the ovine and caprine animals of Parnassus, homemade taglierini and trahanas. And of course, you will find everywhere the famous cheese from Arachova, Arachova’s formaela, in various forms. Formaela has been registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin.

Accompany your meal with the popular brousko wine from Arachova and complete your meal by enjoying local Greek yogurt with honey or traditional desserts from Arachova and spoon sweets.

Entertainment

The entertainment in Arachova does not need any introductions. Dozens of choices for every taste any time.

Accommodation

There are many accommodations in Arachova, for every taste and any pocket. Traditional guest houses, rented apartments and luxurious hotel units will provide you with a cozy and warm stay.

Don’t forget

Before you leave, don’t forget to take with you the famous Arachova wefts, the local traditional Arachova’s formaela cheese, the homemade taglierini, as well as spoon sweets, diples, karydato (sweet bites with walnut) etc.

How to get there

Arachova is 167 km. away from Athens so in just 2 hours you will be there.

It is 375 km. away from Thessaloniki and the journey will last approximately 4 hours.

*See below the boxes with the sights and the activities.

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Το ρολόι της Αράχωβας. Photo: Γιάννης Κωστελίδης
Το ρολόι της Αράχωβας. Photo: Γιάννης Κωστελίδης
Το ρολόι της Αράχωβας. Photo: Γιάννης Κωστελίδης
Το ρολόι της Αράχωβας. Photo: Γιάννης Κωστελίδης