Arachova .. The Snow Queen!!
Aráchova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of Mt. Parnassós in Viotia, Southern Greece. It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favourite for passionate ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities.
Its modern ski resort, its close proximity to Athens, and its breathtaking mountainous landscape are the strongest reason why. Apart from the mountain activities, Aráchova is also famous for its bustling nightlife and as the favorite mountain resort of Athenians. It is located 35 km west of Livadeia.
It was in Arachova that Georgios Karaiskakis (1780-1827) defeated the Turkish army led by Moustafabei in November 1826.
Must visit: The Byzantine churches of the village with their well preserved frescos.
Activities on offer: Get involved in outdoor activities such as hiking or ski down the slopes of Mt. Parnassós at the biggest downhill ski resort in Greece. The mountain’s high altitude offers ski lovers long-lasting snow cover at the peaks.
- Discover the traditional character of the village by taking leisurely walks through its narrow cobblestone streets. Enjoy hot and sweet or soft and fruity drinks in cafés, or traditional kafeneia (coffee shops).
- Stay up all night and enjoy the village’s bustling nightlife. There are a plethora of bars and clubs up and down the streets of Aráhova.
- Visit the nearby archaeological site of Delphi.
- Visit Parnassos National Park
- Skiing, snow board, sledging as well as other winter sports at the ski resorts of mountain Parnassos at “Gerontovrachos” (17 km N), "Kelaria" (23 km N) and "Fterolakka" (26 km N).
- Hiking from the archaeological site of Delphi (which is located at the borders of the Prefecture of Fokida) to the cave of Korykeio Andro.
- Mountain tours (jeep, enduro, mountain bike) at the mountain of Parnassos.
Famous local products:
Aráhova offers a memorable gourmet experience; taste local specialties: kontosoúvli (big hunks of pork skewered and put on a rotisserie with onions, tomatoes, peppers and seasoned with salt and pepper, garlic and oregano), kokorétsi (the intestines of the lamb stuffed with offal), sarmádes (stuffed grape leaves), traditional pies, handmade trahanás (pasta soup, can be sweet or sour), and hilopites (egg noodles made in linguine-sized strips, cut into small pieces).
The region of Arachova is well-known for its textiles, woodwork, dry wines and the local cheese, called "formaela".It also produces a sweet smelling hard rind cheese of with a relatively mild flavour that you should definitely taste!
Complete your meal with traditional “spoon-sweets”, or even better, try yogurt with honey, a dessert served compliments of the house. Before you leave Aráhova, pick up some hand-made beautifully coloured woven carpets (flocati rugs) and textiles to take with you as a going-away present.
For your stay in Boeotia you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Arachova, as well as in many other areas of Boeotia, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
By car: Arachova is 155 km far from Athens. You can take the exit to the national road for destination to Thiva (90th km) and follow the road to Livadia and then to Arachova. You can also take the exit to Kastro (120th km), and follow the road to Livadia and then to Arachova. The trip duration is less than 2h.
By bus: You can take the bus (KTEL) to Arachova. (ΚΤΕΛ Liosia, tel. (+30) 22.214.171.124, duration 3h).
By train: There are daily routes for destination to Livadia (OSE, tel. (+30) 126.96.36.1999, 1110). From that point you can get a taxi and in 30' (33 km) you will arrive to Arachova. (Livadai TAXI, tel. +30 22610.22.100). There are also bus routes from Livadia to Arachova (duration 40΄). (Livadia KTEL, tel. +30 22610.28.272)
By car: Follow the National road for destination to Athens and after passing by Lamia take the exit to Patras, Amfissa. After the 27th km turn left to Gravia village following the route: Mariolata - Lilaia - Eptalofos (30 km). When you reach the 10th km after Eptalofos, there is a crossroad for destinations to the ski center (10 km) and Arachova (15 km). The distance is in total 390 km and the trip duration is approximately 4h.
By bus: There are daily routes from Thessaloniki to Amfissa (7h duration). (KTEL Thessaloniki, tel. +30 2310.595.400). From Amfissa there are routes to Arachova (50' duration). (KTEL Amfissa, tel. +30 22650.28.226)
By train: There are routes to Livadia. (OSE Thessaloniki, tel. +30 2310.599.421)
From Peloponnese/ West Greece:
By car: From West Greece or Peloponnese (through Rio -Antirio) follow the route: Nafpaktos - Galaxidi - Itea - Delphi - Arachova (109 km).
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.