The traditional town of Arachova is located just 10km from Delphi. A visit in Arachova, reveals the charming combining of the old with the new, at the holy grounds of the mountain of Apollo.
Arachova is undoubtedly the queen of Parnassos. It 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 its unaltered traditional character, its cosmopolitan face and the numerous activities the majestic mount Parnassos 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.
What to do - Activities in Arachova*
The main activity for the fans of snow is skiing at one of the ski resorts in Parnassos. Hiking, climbing, mountain cycling at the exquisite trails of the national park of Parnassos will offer you unique experiences in nature and a breath of life.
What to see - Sights 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.
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 Parnassos, homemade taglierini and trahanas. And of course, you will find everywhere the famous cheese 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.
Arachova is famous for its nightlife especially in winter. Dozens of choices for any time of the day and night. Check the best cafe-bars in Arachova and Delphi.
There are many options for accommodation in Arachova, for any taste and budget. Traditional guest houses, apartments, chalets and luxurious hotels will provide you with a cozy and warm stay.
Before you leave, don’t forget to buy 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, with the driving time to be approximately 1:30 hours.
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.