Arachova - autumn "excursion" to adventure

With the first rains of Autumn, Arachova “unfolds” its heroic side and transforms into an ideal destination for adventure lovers, mountain hiking, cycling of all kinds, motor sports and outdoor activities that raise the adrenaline to new heights. For parents with their children who want to experience autumn nature up close. For couples who they want to discover their romantic side.

In its picturesque streets, the colors change. The coffee tables in paved square “Lakka” still remain under their rich shadow trees until they slowly return to their winter “nest”. Choose large luxury hotels, beautiful wooden chalets and traditional ones hostels and plan your spring excursions on the mountain of Apollo. A single weekend is not enough to see and experience it all. Feel the adrenaline rush. Take part in the downhill cycling race, or watch him as a spectator and live a unique experience that takes place every October. Enjoy great hiking trails in its non-rocky spots or follow very technical routes with increased level of difficulty and steep points. Alternatively go down the mountain with pigs and enduro machines. Throw me double paragliding from Arachova to Itea, enjoying its beauties area from above.

If you like diving, in Itea you can discover the submarines “Treasures” of the Corinthian Gulf all year round. Put on hiking boots, grab a walking stick and explore the trails on foot. of Parnassos, and enjoy green routes that from November begin to gradually covered with snow. Ride a mountain and road bike. Gallop with horses among the firs. Look for the unique varieties of mushrooms that grow in fir forests, plane trees, chestnuts and walnuts and admire the beauties of the National Park Parnassos. Starting from Arachova or Livadi, follow paths that will lead you at the Navel of the Earth – Delphi, in the cave precipice Eptastomos, the southernmost glacier of Europe, in Korykeion Cave, once “home” of divine spirits, dedicated to the god Pan and the Nymphs, in its impressive cave.

Fairy Cave or climb with your climbing equipment in beautiful alpine mountain peaks. The nearby beaches of Antikyra, White Houses, Itea or Galaxidi are still offered, at least in the first autumn months for swimming in their calm waters.

Experience heroic moments

Climb its cobbled streets, among the traditional houses that keep the original Roumeli architecture unchanged, towards the steep Clock with Rock – trademark and climb the 264 steps or Transverse, which lead to the Holy Temple of Agios Georgios. Around this small church, about two hundred years ago, Karaiskakis with them. His warriors and brave inhabitants won an extremely important battle. Struggle of the Greek Revolution, saving not only the region but also the whole of Central Greece from the hands of the Turks. Every year, at this point, with the wonderful view, events are held, worth living, reviving in your mind and soul, the courage and bravery of this little place, that was able to stand so high in Greek history.

Visit the Folklore Museum.

Get to know the farm tools that used by the inhabitants in the old days, find out the history of the area through documents and photos and admire the famous Arachovite textiles and embroidery made by women with their loom. Combine immersion with architectural grandeur. From Arachova start for Steiri, where on October 18 every year, the UNESCO’s unique religious monument, its monastery Osios Loukas, is filled with all-night chants, honoring the Saint who was consecrated there and with his work he relieved dozens of souls. Admire its unique large dome church of the monastery, which is supported by small arches creating one octagonal space and browse the Bank of the Monastery which functions as a museum with the collection of sculptures of Osios Loukas.

Take a trip to the beautiful picturesque villages …

of Livadi and Agoriani with the green landscapes, full of plane trees and running water and watch them change from green to white as the snow does cowardly cowardly his appearance. Descend to the seaside Galaxidi, with historic captain’s houses and sundial. Browse the standard state of White houses with their beautiful beach and in the picturesque harbor of Antikyra.

Take a tour of history and culture

From ancient times Parnassos carries a “sacred power”. It was their refuge people in the mythical flood of Deucalion and became his favorite mountain god Apollo. At ten kilometers from Arachova, in Delphi, there are still the ruins of his oracle with the temple, the ancient theater and the stadium where there were music and sports games during the Pythian celebrations. Autumn It remains an ideal time to tour the archeological site as well as the exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, with its most popular statue Hniochos.

Descend to Distomo, to get to know the whole history of the Phocians of cities, through his Archaeological Collection. That is, of Ambrosos, as it was called Distomo, Medeona, Karakolithos, Antikyra and Voulida, through tombstones, ceramics and other finds. Discover its tragic story Distomo, which is a city of martyrdom. Visit the museum of its victims Nazism and pay tribute to the innocent victims of the horrors of war created. Travel to its unique Roumeli flavors. The traditional taverns of Arachova, Livadi and Agoriani, are from alone a unique gastronomic destination, with authentic, lively flavors and unchanged over the centuries. Next to the fireplace that starts towards the end autumn to warm the place with its fire, enjoy lamb chops, kokoretsi, sausages with leeks, fragrant green pies and of course, the special for its taste, formaela cheese in all its versions. Serve with bruschetta Arachovite wine and for dessert choose yogurt with honey, halva or its sweets spoon.

Before embarking on your return journey, take something from Arachova with you. You you choose what it will be. It can be one of the famous Arachovite cheeses, the handmade noodles and trachanas, the famous textiles that stand out for them color and pattern combinations. But do not leave without the numerous experiences which he generously gives and every time you return he will fill you with more.