Perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassus in western Boeotia, Arachova lies just a short drive from the ancient Greek ruins of Delphi. Its cobblestone streets are alive with folklore traditions, while the nearby ski slopes draw visitors over the winter months.
Things to do in Arachova
Arachova’s picturesque houses and Byzantine churches seemingly cling to the mountainside, where magnificent landscape views can be found as you wander the streets. The Bell Tower of St. Nicholas Church is the town’s most prominent landmark, set on a rocky outcrop and soaring above the red roofs below.
Many come to Arachova for its local produce, including Formaela cheese which is produced exclusively in the town, the black wine known as “brusque” and kontosoúvli skewered pork. Local artisans are also renowned for their colourful textiles and rugs which adorn the shop exteriors.
If you want to hit the slopes, then head to the ski resorts at nearby Gerontovrachos, Kelaria and Fterolakka or go hiking to explore the cave of Korykeio Andro. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of Delphi, including the 4th-century-BC Temple of Apollo that once housed a legendary oracle.
Don’t have time to stay overnight in Arachova? It’s often included as a lunch stop on day trips from Athens to Delphi, giving you the opportunity to explore its charismatic streets.
Getting around Arachova
Arachova is around two hours’drive west of Athens and makes a convenient base for day trips to Livadi, Itea, Galaxidi and Nafpaktos. The winding cobblestone streets of this charismatic town are best explored on foot, allowing plenty of time to peruse the handicraft stores and sample the local gastronomy.