Arachova ( Arahova ) - Parnassos Greece
Arachova ( Arahova ), or Rahova as it was known during the Turkish occupation,
is a beautiful large village that is built on five hills. These hills are
Coumoula, Sfalaki, Countrouli, Ai-Giorgi and finally Afano, which is the
highest area of Mount Parnassos that is inhabited. Aliartos
No one knows exactly when Arachova ( Arahova ) was built, and trying to trace its origins would take you back to the extreme past.
The historians say that the name is a fact that points to the Slav's as the first people to occupy this region. This is because the Slav word "Arahova" means a "place with walnut trees".
In 1847, the then-Mayor C.Papaioannor tried to change the name of Arachova ( Arahova ) to the ancient name of "Anemoria", with a document that was published in the newspaper "Nea Hellada" ("New Greece"), and another document sent to the head mayor of Livadia.
During the Byzantine years, the French occupation, and after the Catalan's occupation, there is no evidence at all to show that Arachova ( Arahova ) even existed. Evidence proving that Arahova did exist and had been inhabited for many centuries before started after the 3rd century of the Turkish occupation.
The English traveller "Clarce", who referred to the big fire in1803, made another reference to the city. He particularly states that the fire was started by a group of Turks, who he had met, a little time previously at Delphi.
This, however, doesn't explain the reasons why they started the fire, and there is unfortunately, no other source at all regarding this incident.
The women of Arachova ( Arahova ) are very dedicated and talented workers, and specialise in the creation of carpets and woven materials. They were creating their own clothes, and the products that they made became famous all over Greece.
In 1561 AD, 1500 women were occupied with the manufacture of carpets. The village of Arachova ( Arahova ) has been able to keep its traditional customs, and is very famous for this achievement.
The festival of Ai-Giorgi is a very famous and significant one in Arachova ( Arahova ). Ai-Giorgi (Saint George) is the sacred saint and guardian of Arahova. The walk up to the church from the main street is 265 steps, so be prepared for a healthy upwards hike.
One of the big bonuses for the economy of Arachova ( Arahova ) is tourism. The near-by ski centre of Parnassos attracts thousands of visitors every year during the winter season.
There are also other sports and activities besides skiing such as trekking, cycling, hiking and parasailing from one of the hills, camping in the forest, and generally other close experiences with the beautiful nature of Parnassos.
Arachova ( Arahova ) has a large number of hotels of all categories, such as pensions, traditional inns, as well as a selection of tavernas and restaurants.
Arachova ( Arahova ) is a town famous for its beauty, its history and the legends that have come from here. It is also famous for the hospitality of its people. These are some of the reasons that make visiting Arachova ( Arahova ) an unforgettable experience.
Arachova ( Arahova ) is an ideal destination to visit in Parnassos all year round. During the hot summer months, it provides a lovely cooling breeze, especially during the evenings, and from here, you can easily venture out and head to some of the popular beaches around the coast for your summer swims and excursions.