Arachova is a mountain village, built on the slope of Parnassos Mountain at an altitude of 950m. It belongs to Viotia prefecture and it is 160km from Athens.

When the visitor comes he firstly sees beautiful stone houses, narrow streets, and springs.

Despite its huge tourist growth, its heritage has been well preserved combining convenience with traditional character. 

Highlights:

  • Unique views
  • Parnassos National Park 
  • Corycian Cave
  • Delphi
  • Parnassos ski resort
  • Monastery of Osios Loukas

Parnassos National Park 

In the National Forest Parnassus, there are enough clearings, many peaks, canyons, valleys, slopes, caves – like Korukeion Antron – which makes it ideal for moments of pleasure and recreation for visitors who choose an excursion in nature. A walk in the National Park of Parnassus is a unique opportunity in order to watch rare species of forest vegetation and fauna. Besides the fir of Kefallinia which dominates at the most part, a big part is occupied by wild plums and black pines. Foxes, badgers, hares, rodents and insectivorous species, are the most populous populations of the fauna of the National Park of Parnassus. Woodland bird species, such as partridges, woodpeckers, blackbirds, Alpine Accentor, reptiles like the Mediterranean tortoise, the wild lizards, the viper and amphibians like frog also live in the National Park of Parnassus.

Corycian Cave

The Corycian Cave plays a significant part in Delphi mythology since it was sacred to Pan and the nymphs, and they were the presiding deities of the oracle during winter when Apollo abandoned the spot. Allow a full day for this outing (4hr for the ascent to the cave, 3hr 30min back to Delphi), and take ample food. To reach the trailhead follow signposting up through Delphi village to the Museum of Delphic Festivals. Continue climbing from here to the highest point of the fence enclosing the sanctuary ruins. Where the track ends at a gate, take a trail on your left, initially marked by a black-and-yellow rectangle on a white background; these, repeated regularly, indicate the trail is part of the E4 European long-distance route. Initially steep, the way soon flattens out on a grassy knoll overlooking the stadium and continues along a ridge. Soon after, you join an ancient cobbled trail coming from inside the fenced precinct – the Kakí Skála, which zigzags up the slope above you in broad arcs. The path ends an hour-plus above the village, at the top of the Phaedriades cliffs. From one of several nearby rock pinnacles, those guilty of sacrilege in ancient times were thrown to their deaths – a custom perhaps giving rise to the name Kakí Skála or “Evil Stairway”. E4 markers remain visible in the valley ahead of you as the principal route becomes a gravel track bearing northeast; ignore this and follow instead a metal sign pointing toward the cave, taking the right fork near the Krokí spring and watering troughs, with a complex of summer cottages on your right. This track, now intermittently paved, passes a picnic ground and a chapel of Ayía Paraskeví within fifteen minutes. Continue for some forty minutes beyond the chapel, heading gently downhill and passing another sign for the cave, until you emerge from the fir woods (2hr 40min from Dhelfí) with a view east and ahead to the rounded mass of the Yerondóvrahos peak (2367m) of the Parnassos massif. Another fifteen minutes bring you to a second chapel (of Ayía Triádha) on the left, with a spring and picnic ground. To the left rises a steep ridge, site of the ancient Corycian cave. Persevere along the road for five more minutes where a white bilingual sign indicates a newer path, marked by orange paint splodges and red-triangle signs. After forty minutes’ climb on this, you meet another dirt road; turn left and follow it five minutes more to the end, just below the conspicuous cave mouth at an altitude of 1370m. In ancient times, the cave was the site of orgiastic rites in November, when women, acting as nymphs, made the long hike up from Delphi on the Kakí Skála by torchlight. If you look carefully with a torch you can find ancient inscriptions near the entrance; without artificial light, you can’t see more than 100m into the chilly, forbidding cavern. By the entrance, you’ll also notice a rock with a man-made circular indentation – possibly an ancient altar for libations.

Delphi

Delphi (Delfí), lying on the slopes of Mount Parnassus high above the Gulf of Corinth, is one of the most famous historic sites in Greece, known throughout the ancient Greek world and beyond as the sanctuary of Apollo and the shrine of his oracle. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi ranks with the Acropolis in Athens, Olympia, and the island of Delos as one of the most important tourist attractions of the classical period of ancient Greece. Its wealth of remains combines with its magnificent mountain setting and its importance in Greek mythology to make Delphi one of the high points of a visit to Greece.

Parnassos ski resort

Mount Parnassos, with an altitude of 2,260 metres, ranks among the highest mountains in Greece. Its spectacular geomorphology and rich biodiversity place it among the most important mountain environments in our country. Here you will find the biggest downhill ski resort in Greece. The mountain’s high altitude offers ski lovers long-lasting snow-covered peaks, and the mountain is a very popular spot for visitors as it is located near Athens. The ski resort consists of two locations, Kellária and Fterólakka, which are connected with lifts and runs. A third one, Yerodóvrahos, is a small separate resort linked with Kellária by ski trails. The ski resort boasts 23 ski runs (3 difficult, 8 intermediate, 8 easy & 4 very easy) with a total length of 27 km, and 13 ski and chair lifts. 

Monastery of Osios Loukas

The Monastery of Osios Loukas is an 11th-century monastery located in the area of Distomo, about 30 km from Arachova. This monastery is the epitome of the Byzantine architecture while it is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Within the monastery complex, visitors will come across the Church of Theotokos (Virgin Mary), the only church in Greece that is certain to have been built in the 10th century. It is believed that the monastery was famous and rich in its time. It derived its wealth mostly because pilgrims would come to pay homage to the tomb of Saint Lucas, which exuded Myron (a nice smell) and could work miracles. A few decades later, the bones of Saint Lucas were transferred to Rome. The churches of the monastery include valuable relics, altar cloths, gold and silver plates, beautiful frescoes and mosaics. Of course, time and conquerors have damaged many of them, but they are still representative of the Byzantine church architecture.

What to expect

  • Unique views
  • Parnassos National Park 
  • Corycian Cave
  • Delphi
  • Parnassos ski resort
  • Monastery of Osios Loukas

Who it's for

Our trips are designed for private and corporate groups looking to explore the beauties of Greece while enjoying a ride.

Itinerary

  • 4 nights accommodation in a traditional guesthouse or 4* hotel, bed & breakfast basis
  • Maps and detailed travel information
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • All taxes and service charges
  • 24hrs Assistance phone number

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