Arachova

Built on the southern slopes of the Mount Parnassus, at an average altitude of 960 meters, Arachova is today one of the most popular winter destinations in Greece.

Administratively is subsumed in Boeotia, although from time immemorial it is considered as one of the eight ancient cities of Phocis.

Arachova is located on the main road linking the of Amfissa with Livadia, while the ridge of Parnassus that host it results in the ravine, in the river the bed of which flows the river Pleistos. It is just 10 km from Delphi, 19km from Amfissa and 160 km from Athens.

Arachova’s name comes either from the Slavic place name orechovo meaning “karydotopos”, either by the joining of ova, scattered settlements from the ridge of Parnassus. During the Revolution it was known as Rachova, and still now comes with both scripts, with “v” and “h” (Arachova and Arachwva), although the official script is by o.

In Arachova snows several times, although its southern orientation and the sun does not allow to the snow to freeze and preserve many days. Katevatos, as the locals call the cold northwest wind, creates polar temperatures which make Arachova the ideal winter scene!

Arachova from the ’70s that was built the Ski Centre of Parnassus is the most popular destination for skiing and winter sports.

Located within walking distance from the village, and along with the other attractions of the area, mainly of course the archaeological site of Delphi, make Arachova a destination that covered all needs and preferences of visitors.

Parnassus and especially the area of Arachova consists places with ancient history. Korukeion Antron is located near the village and gives yielded finds from the Neolithic period, while Liakoura, the top of Parnassus at 2457 meters, is identified with the ancient Likoria where Deucalion and Pyrra fled to save themselves from the flood that showered the world. From this couple, according to legend, the Greek was born, the founder of the Greek race.

It is estimated that Arachova with its current form was first founded in the 13th century, when the region was under Frankish rule. In the mid- 15th century, the travelers mentioned Arachova as s populous city, while early in the 18th is already the most important city of Parnassus.

In the Revolution of 1821, historical moment, of great importance, is the Battle of Arachova, which took place outside the church of Agios Georgios in 1826.

In 1870 a devastating earthquake marked the history of Arachova; it was indeed the cause that had been destroyed its historical Clock. During the Second World War, took place close to the village of the “Battle of Sfala”, where rebels of the region faced the German bodies. From 1948 to 2010 Arachova was one of the municipalities of Parnassus.

Patron saint of Arachova is Agios Georgios and every year for the three days that keeps the festival, took place to Arachova the famous Festival with customs holding from the ancient Greece.

Arachova historical information

Parnassus and especially the area of Arachova are considered places with ancient history. Korukeion Antron is located near the village that gave to the archaeologists’ findings that date from the Neolithic period, while Liakoura, the top of Parnassus at 2457 meters, is identified with the ancient Likoria where Deucalion and Pyrra fled to save the flood that flooded the world. From this couple, according to legend, the Greek was born, the founder of the Greek race

According to Homer, in the area of Arachova there were the ancient cities of Phocis. Anemoreia or Anemoleia and Kyparissos, which both sent troops to Troy, at the side of Agamemnon. The historical continuity of habitation in the area does not stop through the centuries, while it is estimated that Arachova with its current form was first founded in the 13th century, when the region was under Frankish reign.

In the mid- 15th century, the travelers mentioned Arachova as a populous city, while early in the 18th; it is already the most important city of Parnassus.

With the outbreak of the Revolution, Arachova enhances the match with numerous people took part, while historican moment, of great importance, is the Battle of Arachova, which took place outside the church of Agios Georgios in 1826. It is considered that the victory of the troops of Georgios Karaiskakis – whose bust you will see to the point – saved the Revolution. Arachova released by Dimitrios Ypsilantis on 2 November 1828.

In 1870 a devastating earthquake marked the history of Arachova and was indeed the cause that has been destroyed its historical Clock. During the Second World War, close to the village took place the “Battle of Sfala”, where rebels of the region faced the German army. From 1948 to 2010 Arachova was one of the municipalities of Parnassus.

The patron saint of Arachova is Agios Georgios and every year for the three days that keeps the festival, takes place in Arachova a famous festival with customs holding from ancient Greece.

The village has 35 churches, while in a renovated neoclassical is housed in recent years the Folk Museum.