Parnassus, a mountain worth visiting
Parnassus is one of the highest Greek mountains which is spread at prefectures of Voiotia, Fthiotida and Fokida, is one of the most famous and hospitable mountains of Greece, this fact is mainly based on:
- the ski center of Parnassus, the most organised and great of the country
- national park in Parnassus, that consists of the most beautiful parks with rich fauna and flora
- the Archaeological site of Delphi, that is a pole of attraction for millions of tourists from all over the world.
- in close distance from the capital, the biggest city center, offering an one more chance for one day trip
- the geographic position in the center of Greece, that is easily accessible from most places
- the diversity in many forms of alternative tourism
- the great number of accommodation from all types and categories and also entertainment centers
- the excellent organisation
- the excellent environment and the unique beauty of the natural scenery
The greatest height we meet at Liakoura in the height of 2.457 meters. It consists of one of the north endings of Pindos mountain, with southwest side that connects with Gkiona and north side that connects with Kirfi.
Between two higher hills, Liakoura and Gerontovrachou (2.367 meters) that looks at the Korinthian gulf and the back of Arnovrisi we meet the famous ski center of Parnassus at the positions of Kellaria and Fterolaka.
Route: Athens - Eptalofos - Agoriani Parnassus
Route: Patra - Eptalofos - Agoriani Parnassus
Route: Lamia - Eptalofos - Agoriani Parnassus
Most of the time the two hills are covered with snow. On the contrary on the hills of the mountain we find vegetation of firs, cedars, pines and wild plum.
The fauna of Parnassus hosts many species of wild animals as wolves, foxes, ferrets, weasels, squirrels, eagles, vultures, hawks, wild goats, wild boars, snakes and many more.
There are many routes for hiking friends, in all Parnassus area with the famous european path of great distances E4, to cross west side offering to their guests unique pictures of natural beauty and amazing view.
The national park of Parnassus, has 36.000 square meters and was founded in 1938, in the borders of Fokida and Voiotia, between Delphi, and Arachova andAgoriani, with the greatest part at Voiotia, and the west part at Fokida.
Its extraordinary beauty gives peace of mind and creates a different style on your holidays.
The area is rich in sauna having many trees around. Consists of 600 species and most of them are aromatic and pharmaceutic.
The access in Drymos area is by asfalt road that connects Arachova with Eptalofo and Amfiklia.
In the borders of Drymos are the ski centers Fterolaka, Kellaria and Gerontovrachos.
Parnassus takes its name, based on the greek mythology, from a heroe called Parnassus, who had built over the mountain a city, that was ruined from Deukalionas. During the disaster, the residents of the city followed the wolves voices and led to higher points in order to avoid the flood, where they built the city Lukoria, that means wolves screams, a name that is still saved until today.
They used to call it Liakoura, that consists of a name that we use at folklore songs and comes from Likoria, a name that keeps until today its highest hill top.
Parnassus has connected with the greek mythology and birth of greek state, even the foundation of Delphoi oracle at the southwest hill, gave another prestige that remains until today.
Also Parnassus had an important role during Greek Revolution of 1821, as critical battles between Greeks and Turks took place there with most well-known of Alamana and Gravia.
For your stay in Parnassus you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Arachova, Eptalofos as well as in many other areas in Parnassus, 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.
Access to Parnassos Ski Center is available through a road network where snow is constantly cleared by snow plow vehicles of the center. There is access from almost any side of Parnassos mountain and therefore from any place of Greece.
Visitors travelling from Athens, as soon as they reach Livadia, they may choose their route:
Tithorea – Amfiklia – Parnassos Ski Center
Tithorea – Amfiklia – Polydrosos – Parnassos Ski Center
Arachova – Junction – Parnassos Ski Center
Visitors travelling from Northern Greece, as soon as they reach Lamia, they may continue travelling on the National Road to Athens and before the Junction of Thermopiles there is an exit on the right to Amfissa – Patra. In Gravia village they have to turn left heading to Mariolata – Lilea – Polydroso – Amfiklia.
Visitors travelling from Patra should take the route to Nafpaktos – Itea and then they can choose between the routes Itea – Delfi – Arachova – Parnassos Ski Center or Itea – Amfissa – Gravia – Lilea – Polydroso – Parnassos Ski Center.
Routes and distances:
from Athens: 182 km
from Thessaloniki: 360 km
from Patras: 145 km
from El. Venizelos Airport: 213 km
You can visit our Ski Center travelling by train, via Amfiklia train station and Lilea train station.
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Visitors can travel to Parnassos Ski Center by coach from Liosion bus station, using the coach to Amfissa.
Coaches depart every 2 to 3 hours.
Coach timetables 07:30, 10:30, 13:00, 15:30, 17:30, 20:00
For more information please contact Coach Station of the Prefecture of Fokida at:
Amfissa: 22650 28226
Livadia: 22610 28272
Athens: 210 8317096
By ferry from Peloponnisos
From Egio to Agios Nikolaos: 07:30, 10:30, 13:30, 17:00
From Agios Nikolaos to Egio: 08:30, 12:00, 15:30, 18:00
LOCAL POLICE STATION 22670 31333
TAXI STATION 22670 31566
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For your entertainment at Parnassos you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias, clubs etc. with excellent service and variety in products and services that will justifie your choices.
Parnassus, consists of many places of entertainment, traditional, simple and luxurious where you can taste any food you wish!