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A ski trip in the Balkans, an in-depth guide for Greece and the Parnassos ski center

On the southern slopes of Parnassos, the sacred mountain of God Apollo, you will find the charming village of Arachova, located next to where the river Pleistos flows.

Arachova, which successfully combines the old with the new, is rightly considered the queen of Greek winter tourism.

Those willing to split off the main road and explore the alleys and cobbled streets of this mountain village will be rewarded by a romantic walk, which will show Arachova’s traditional character and architecture.

Choosing to go along its busy main road will show you the modern, cosmopolitan face of Arachova, which has been called “Mykonos of the winter”.

With a modern ski resort, its breathtaking mountainous landscape and its close proximity to Athens, it may be the ideal winter destination.

Arachova is famous for many things, with its ski center standing out above all. It is easily accessible both by elevator and also by the road. Once you reach the top, there are two chalets for you to visit, Fterolaka and Kelaria, and have a pleasant time enjoying the view and relaxing in the fresh mountain air. You can enjoy your meal or your drink from the many terraces it offers.

Should you feel more adventurous, the Parnassos ski center has 23 slopes, which are suitable both for absolute beginners and for more advanced skiers. You can reach them by using one of the 17 available lifts, with four of them being also suited for beginners (also known as “baby lifts”). Ski lessons are also available for anyone that needs them and equipment is available for you to rent.

Finally, if you like hiking, you can visit the numerous paths and the national park of Parnassos, and enjoy the local flora and fauna this vast mountain has to offer.

Evenings in Arachova can be a unique experience to relax after a full day in the ski center. A walk in its paved streets surrounded with various local shops and picturesque landscape is the perfect recipe for a pleasant evening.

Arachova has many local delicacies such as kontosouvli and kokoretsi, two famous meat dishes, but also pies and handmade pasta soups. In the village of Arachova there are some great places to enjoy the local cuisine while also enjoying the mountain view.

“To Agnantio”, a restaurant in the center of Arachova, located next to the Folklore Museum, is a great choice. It offers two dining rooms with a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the town clock. You can enjoy well cooked recipes and grilled delicacies made from local products.

Just outside Arachova, in Livadi, “Mpampis” tavern is one of the most popular food options. You must absolutely try the traditional pies and the roasted meat. It also offers a magnificent view of the beautiful Livadi plateau, which you can enjoy along with a glass of wine.

Located in Delfi village, “To Patriko Mas” is the definition of the traditional family tavern. The dishes are prepared with great care; the ingredients are fresh, and the service courteous. The cozy and friendly atmosphere will make you feel right at home.

After a busy and exhausting day, returning to a place that lets you wind down and that meets your every need is very important. The choice of a hotel is usually a tough one. Luckily in Arachova accommodations are plenty and some of them can really offer you a lifetime experience

Anemolia Mountain Resort, located in the outskirts of Arachova village, offers an idyllic view of the Delphi Valley and the Parnassos Mountain range. The rooms are warm and cozy combining traditional and modern wooden style. It offers both standard rooms as well as luxurious chalets. Apart from the breakfast the hotels offer, there is also a restaurant. After a long day it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal near the fireplace and relax. The hotel also offers a pool which is the perfect opportunity to start your day fresh and energized!

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