Arachova

Are you visiting Athens during winter? Close to Greece's most well-organized ski resort, Arachoba is Athenians' favorite winter resort town.

Arachova Things to Do

The Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas built with brown and white stone under a blue sky.
photo: Andy Hay / CC BY 2.0
must visit
distant ≈ 23.6km
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Osios Loukas Monastery

An impressive Byzantine monastery and UNESCO World Heritage with unimaginably well-preserved mosaics. Prepare for a soul-soothing visit.

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Mount Parnassus National Park

Sacred to Apollo and home of the Muses, Mount Parnassus has hiking trails with phenomenal views, pristine nature, and traditional villages.

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Corycian Cave

Shrouded in mystery, the Corycian Cave, home of Nymphs and God Pan, has a mythical energy. Findings show that it has been used for millennia.

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Parnassos Ski Centre

With a total length of runs of 36 km, this ski resort is located just 180km away from Athens on an open terrain offering spectacular views.

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Cheeses of Arachova

Local dairy producers keep alive centuries-old traditions and make artisanal cheeses of high-quality, some of which are exported.

Arachova Attractions

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Church St. George

You won't find any blood stains here anymore but on the 264 stairs of this church a battle of the Greek Independence War took place.

A photo taken from the Viewpoint of Arachova that shows the town on the mountain's slope.
photo: Costas78
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┬ź#Arachova┬╗ Sign & Viewpoint

A fantastic spot for depth-of-field pictures thanks to a magnificent view over Arachova and distant mountains. Enjoy it around sunset time.

The Mausoleum of Distomo is a minimalist contemporary monument built with grey stones.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0
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Distomo Mausoleum

In 1944, the Nazis executed hundreds of Distomo civilians, among them babies and children. The Distomo Mausoleum pays tribute to the victims.

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Clock Tower of Arachova

The stone-built landmark stands imposing on a rock. It's excellent for pictures under different lights and aspects.

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Arachova's Battle Memorial of Karaiskakis

This monument is dedicated to a heroic general of the struggle of independence, Karaiskakis, who battled victoriously here against the Ottomans.

Arachova Why visit?

  • The most popular winter destination in Greece.
  • Stone, wood, and ceramics.
  • A key battle of the Greek War of Independence took place here.

Arachova Day Trips

Ancient Delphi

The preeminent Oracle of Greek antiquity where a high priestess Pythia would mumble words to be interpreted by Apollo's priests. Enjoy the scenic drive.

Distomo's tiled roofs make an brown-orange oasis among hill tops.
photo: Andy Hay / CC BY 2.0

Distomo Town

After a scenic drive, you arrive at Distomo, a beautiful mountainous village, still scarred by the massacre of its population by Nazis.

Arachova Festivals

Fair of Arachova

The "Panigyraki" as it's called locally is a distinctive festival of St. George who according to the legend assisted in the battle against the Ottomans.

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