Arachova

Village in Central Greece
Also called:
  • Arájova ES
  • Arácova PT
  • Rakova SQ
Why visit Arachova?
  • One of the leading and most popular winter destinations in Greece.
  • The nickname "Myconos of the winter" reveals its cosmopolitan character.
  • Historical town with inhabitants that respect and continue the local customs.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do in or near Arachova

Starting Point: Clock Tower of Arachova

Clock Tower of Arachova

The stone-built trademark that stands impressively on the rock and depicts the time for decades to inhabitants and visitors.

Cheeses of Arachova (Formaela, Mizithra)

The locally produced cheese and diary products that keep a tradition of centuries.

Fair of Arachova

« Panigyraki »

Distinctive festival of St. George who according to the legend assisted in a battle against the Turks.

Church St. George of Arachova

Characterized officially in 2000 by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a historical monument, offers some amazing views from its high spot.

Arachova's Battle Memorial of Karaiskakis

Monument dedicated to the heroic general of the struggle of independence against the Turks.

A photo taken from the Viewpoint of Arachova that shows the overview of the town.
photo: Costas78

Viewpoint of Arachova

An ideal spot for photographs at the east entrance of the Arachova that offers a magnificent view towards the town and its surroundings.

Parnassos Ski Centre

With a total length of ski runs to reach 36 km, it is a ski resort with a contemporary infrastructure located just 180 km from Athens.

Ancient Delphi

The most significant oracle of antiquity where the oracles were expressed by the priestess Pythia and interpreted by the priests of Apollo.

Corycian Cave, Delphi

« Korikion Antron »

At an altitude of 1400 meters, it is a worship cave, dedicated to the Nymphs and the deity of Pan.

Mount Parnassus National Park

Together with the Olympus National Park, it is the first and the oldest (nominated in 1938) among the forest protected areas in Greece.

An overview of the town of Distomo surrounded by the mountains of the area.
photo: Andy Hay / CC BY 2.0

Distomo Town

Semi-mountainous historical town where the atrocities of Distomo Holocaust took place, one of the worst war crimes of the entire World War ll.

A picture showing the Mausoleum of Distomo, that hosts the remains of the 230 civilians executed by the Nazis.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Mausoleum of Distomo (Nazi Massacre Memorial)

War-crime reminder and monument that hosts the remains of the 230 civilians executed by the Nazis.

The main church of the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas on the foothills of Elikonas mountain.
photo: Andy Hay / CC BY 2.0

Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas

430 m. over the sea level, an impressive Byzantine monument included in the UNESCO list since 1990.

Questions & Answers About Arachova

What is Arachova known for?

Arachova is one of the most popular winter Greek destinations. It attracts thousands of visitors, as it offers a range of interesting options, while it is close to the capital of Athens. It is highlighted as a cosmopolitan destination, as it is preferred by many celebrities for their winter getaways. It can be compared with the famous European ski resorts, while it advocates the cultural heritage and traditions of the local area. Arachova is also a historical place where during the Greek Struggle of Independence Georgios Karaiskakis (Greek Army commander) fought and defeated the army of Moustafabei (Ottoman commander).