Arachova is a stunning mountainous village that sits perfectly at the foot of Mount Parnassos, at an altitude of 973 meters. It’s considered to be the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece and has the nickname “Mykonos of the Mountains” thanks to its cool all day cafes/bars, fine dining restaurants, chic boutiques and luxurious hotels.
Due to its close proximity to Athens (around a 2 hour drive) over the cooler months it is buzzing on the weekends with guests (many local and international celebrities and socialites) looking for a classy and cozy escape. We have gathered our Top 14 reasons as to why we think Arachova is a must visit winter destination!
1. Discover the traditional character of Arachova Village by taking leisurely strolls through its narrow cobblestone streets. Here you will discover traditional little shops and you can mingle with the friendly locals. Make sure you sit down at an old kafeneio (cafe) and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee.
2. Here you will find Greece’s most popular ski resort, which is only a few minutes drive-away from the village centre. You can enjoy skiing down the slopes of Mount Parnassos.
3. Thrill seekers can take part in outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking as well other winter sports like snow boarding and sledging at Gerontovrachos, Kelaria and Fterolaka.
4. Indulge in some shopping as here you’ll find local and international luxury brands as well as a great variety of skiing and outdoor gear. At the main shopping strip you will come across a range of chic boutiques stocking local and international designers as well as the popular concept store L’escalier.
5. Enjoy a winter cocktail, a glass of port, or a shot of Tsipouro at Isidora Gallery Bar, Sehre Cafe, Gospel or Doctor John Chillout Bar, which all serve up amazing drinks for the colder months.
6. Taste some local wines such as Parnassos red variety “Mavroudi”, which has Protected Designation of Origin status since 2006, or the “Black Arachova vine.”
7. Try the amazing Formaela cheese- usually served as melted ‘saganaki’ with a squeeze of lemon.
8. Also make sure you taste the local Amfissa olives.
9. To warm up, have a cup of local organic mountain tea.
12. Visit the church of Agios Giorgios with its picturesque clocktower rising over the village. Byzantine churches and monasteries are very special here and every year, on the name day of Agios Giorgios, there is a huge festival in Arachova, celebrating this historical event and the Protector Saint of the town. There is a Holy Mass and celebrations outside the beautiful church, which sits on the highest spot of the town.
13. From here you can easily make your way to Delphi, the ancient sanctuary that is recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Visit nearby Parnassos National Park too.
14. The region of Arachova is well-known for its textiles and woodwork, before you leave make sure to pick up some hand-made coloured woven carpets (flocati rugs) and textiles to take with you.
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