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The Nymph of Parnassus

Snowy Mountains and Picturesque Villages Challenge Your Heart Under the Misty Atmosphere of Parnassus

Behind the craggy and imperious mountain slopes of Parnassus, the true heart of the mountain is revealed through its authentic traditional villages. Sceneries of untamed beauty are hidden in the wild soul of the mountains. A robust and monotonous twirl asphalt road with panoramic views of the Corinthian bay elevates to high altitudes and a great spectacle emerges through the tunnel; wrapped in fog and mist, your eyes will be captivated from the dramatic views of the picturesqueness of this village. Favored from adventure lovers eager for unexpected emotions of mountainous nature, Arahova is the nymph of Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of nine hundred meters, Arahova dazzles from the sparkling lights of the winter. Red tiled roofs blend with the whitewashed clouds and stone chimneys pour greyish smoke to the mountain sceneries. You will feel an indescribable awe from the fragrant coffee aromas by the wooden fireplace on the soundtracks of jazz music and the promenades between the traditional stone houses with the heavy wooden doors. However, the supreme silence of the snowy slopes behind the embroidered curtains of your window is the absolute master of the peaceful landscape in the mountain life of Arahova; you might even believe that you will touch the sky. Praised for its beauty and acclaimed as the natural balcony of Parnassus, beautiful and timeless Arahova, the winter duchess, will steal your heart. Distinguished for their simplicity and hospitality, the local people cherish their traditions singing with God Pan and sleeping with the Nymphs just like the eagles of Zeus. Whether you want to slide down the snowy slopes like an Olympian athlete or you desire to explore the verdurous sceneries of the E4 trail and accelerate your adrenaline on the muddy dirt roads, Arahova has it for you! Ascend the 264 marble steps to admire the panoramic views from the historical church of Agios Georgios, participate to one of the biggest religious festivals of Roumeli, the famous panigiraki of Arahova and, of course, you must buy some formaella cheese before you leave. Nonetheless, the mysteries of Parnassus are still unrevealed. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of the area, Agoriani will fill you with moments of tranquility and relaxation. Running waters, gigantic plane trees and romantic alleys create the most relaxing emotions far away from the hustle and bustle of Arahova. Tiny Variani, hidden behind the dense fir forest, will welcome you with its lush landscapes and Livadi will offer you an ecstatic ice skating experience until midnight while Souvala, one of the secret gems, will guide you through its spectacular routes to the forested slopes and you will fall in love with the endless promenades in the cobblestone alleys of Elatia. No one could ever forget, however, the oracle of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned as the center of the world in Ancient Greece. Are you ready to unveil the outstanding mysteries and the secret beauties of Arahova?

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The Archaeological Site of Delphi

The Archaeological Site of Delphi is the famous oracle of Ancient Greece located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Characterized as the navel of the world, the sanctuary of Delphi is set in one of the most specular landscapes of the country that was chosen from the two eagles sent out from legendary Zeus from the end of the universe to find the navel of earth. Delphi served as the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world for many centuries, as its history begins from Greek mythology. The sanctuary was constructed from the Cretans who arrived at the port of Kirrha. The earliest findings of Delphi, which include traces of a Mycenaean cemetery and settlement, come from the cave of Korikion Andron that date back to the Neolithic period. The Great Excavation of Delphi began from the French School of Athens in 1891, which uncovered spectacular traces for our knowledge of the life in Ancient Greece. Today, only the Treasury of the Athenians had enough of the original building material preserved while the Chiot Altar, Apollo’s and Athena’s Sanctuaries, Delphi’s Ancient Theatre, the Sacred Way, the Gymnasium of Delphi, and the Tholos of Athena Pronaia have been partially restored.

The Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas

The Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas is one of the most impressive Byzantine monuments in the Mediterranean located on the slopes of Helicon Mountain in the village of Distomo. The Monastery of Osios Loukas has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its remarkable byzantine architecture. The two byzantine churches with their wonderful frescoes and mosaics and golden background were constructed from Osios Loukas in the 10th century AD. The church of Theotokos is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine architecture that became the prototype for the classical Byzantine churches of Southern Greece. The church adjoins another cathedral, the Catholicon, which was constructed from the three Byzantine Emperors namely Romanos II, Basil Boulgaroktonos and Constantine IX Monomachos in the first decades of the 11th century. The erection of the Catholicon is connected to the prophecy of Osios Loukas, who foreseen that a Byzantine Emperor will conquer the island of Crete. The Monastery of Osios Loukas is one of the most impressive religious monuments of the country that stands out for its magnificent marble projects and mosaics on a gold background, which are characteristic samples of the second golden age of Byzantine art.

The Cave of Korikion Andron

The Cave of Korikion Andron is a huge cavern located on the southwestern slopes of Parnassus Mountain. Mythology has it that the cave was home of God Pan and Korikies Nymphs while it was used as a shelter from the residents of Delphi in 480 BC. Korikion Andron Cave was also considered as one of the Gates to Hades, the God of Underworld. Rich compositions of stalactites and stalagmites illuminate the interior of the cave creating a mysterious setting. Archaeological excavations brought to light figurines and jewelry from the Neolithic times which are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Delphi.

The Lion of Heronia

The Lion of Heronia is located in the archaeological site of Heronia in the homonymous village. The Lion of Heronia is a marble funerary monument that was constructed to honor of the Sacred Band of Thebes who lost their lives in the Battle of Heronia in 338 BC.

The National Park of Parnassus

The National Park of Parnassus is the second biggest national park of Greece located on the central part of Central Greece. Parnassus has a Mediterranean type of vegetation with magnificent fir and pine forests. The highest peak is Liakoura at an altitude of 2.459 meters. Autumn at its best, the national park brings an abundance of colours while spring offers a stunning combination of wildflowers mixed with the snowy conditions of winter. Beautiful olive groves are found in Itea and Plisto Plains ideal for stunning promenades with breathtaking view. Parnassus National Park serves as a shelter for numerous bird species including golden eagles, harriers and vultures. Numerous routes are offered in the premises of the park ideal for mountain sports including hiking, mountain biking, off roading and skiing. Some of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus include Arahova, Agoriani, Amfliklia, Gravia, Tithorea and Vargiani.

The Ski Center of Parnassus

The Ski Center of Parnassus is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May.

The Village of Agoriani

The Village of Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos, is a mountainous village located on the west side of Mount Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of 900 meters, the lovely settlement offers panoramic views to the mountain scenery. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus Mountain, Agoriani is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The central square of Agoriani is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The forest of Agoriani is ideal for natural explorations and hiking excursions. It is worth noting that the E4 hiking trail passes through Agoriani and leads to the Oracle of Delphi. In a close distance from the village, one will have the opportunity to admire the Matesis Waterfall distinguished for its unique beauty and the Korikion Andron Cave for its rich stalagmites and stalactites. Parnassus Ski Center is located close to Agoriani. Other villages worth visiting include Arahova, Gravia and Variani.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Heronia is located in the homonymous village. Ancient Heronia was inhabited since the prehistoric times; it was one of the eleven provinces of Boeotia. The most important monuments of the archaeological site include the Lion of Heronia, a marble funerary monument that was constructed to honor of the Sacred Band of Thebes who lost their lives in the Battle of Heronia in 338 BC, the Ancient Theatre of Heronia and the walls of the Hellenistic Acropolis of Heronia. Important findings are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Heronia.

The Archaeological Site of Plataea was one of the strongest cities of Ancient Greece located at the foot of Kithairon Mountain. Renowned for the famous battle of Plataea between the Greeks and the Persians in 479 BC, the ancient town was demolished twice from both the Persians and the Thebans, who wanted to annex it to the Boeotian Federation. Ancient Plataea was rebuilt in the era of Alexander the Great while the fortified walls were reconstructed from Justinian, the Byzantine Emperor in the 6th century BC. Numerous coins and inscriptions testify the worship of Athena, Artemis, Demeter and Hera. In 1889, the American School led the archaeological excavation that brought to light the Doric temple of Heraion, the visitor hostel of Katagogion, the Altar of Zeus Eleftherios and the cemetery of Polyandrio.

The Archaeological Site of Orchomenos is located close to the traces of the prehistoric settlement of Orchomenos. The tomb was constructed from the royal family of Orchomenos in 1250 BC. The monument became a place of worship in the Hellenistic period while it was a famous landmark in the second century BC, as seen from the descriptions of Pausanias. Unfortunately, the tomb suffered from great damages during the nineteenth century. In 1880, excavation projects started from Heinrich Schliemann up until Anastasios Orlandos managed to restore the monument in 1914.

The Archaeological Site of Thebes was one of the strongest cities of Central Greece situated on the present located of the modern town of Thebes. Although the presence of the modern town rendered impossible excavations, historical evidence prove that the ancient town of Thebes was first occupied in the Neolithic times. Ancient Thebes reached its peak in the Mycenaean period while it gained the hegemony over the rest of the country in the classical times. Following the battle of Heronia, the ancient town was completely destructed from the Macedonian Empire. In 1994, restoration projects started for the monumental chamber tomb of the Sons of King Oedipus on the hill of Kastelia. The most important monuments of the archaeological site of Thebes include the Mycenaean Palace of Kadmos, the Temple of Apollo Ismenios and the Gates of Kadmia. Important findings are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Thebes.

The Sanctuary of Kabeiroi is located eight kilometers away from the city of Thebes. The sanctuary was devoted to two deities of unknown origin who were considered protectors of fertility and vineyards, as depicted from the sculptures of bulls. The temple was a worship center from the Roman times up until the Post Christian period. The ancient theatre of the sanctuary of Kabeiroi was used for religious rituals in the Hellenistic period.

The Tomb of Oedipus is located on the hill of Megalo Kastelli east of Kadmia citadel of Thebes. It is a Mycenaean chamber tomb, of monumental dimensions, which has been identified as the tomb of Oedipus Paidon, aka Eteocles and Polynices who kill each other while fighting in front of the walls of Thebes. The Tomb of Oedipus is the largest known chamber tomb of the Mycenaean period. Archaeological excavations were conducted from Theodoros Spyropoulos from 1970 to 1973. Numerous findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Thebes.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Livadia stands on the natural fortified hill of Agios Elias over the city of Livadia. The construction of the castle started in the Middle Ages and it was completed from the Catalans in the 12th century. It was later used from the Byzantines, the Franks and the Ottomans. Livadia Castle, one of the four Catalan castles of Greece, was the third city to raise the Revolution Flag in 1821. Following many reconstruction and restoration projects, the castle is now used as an exhibition center. The castle offers panoramic views to the Boeotian countryside.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agios Georgios is the saint protector of Arahova located on the top of the hill. The churchyard is closely connected with the battle of Arahova that took place in 1826 between the Greeks and the Ottomans. On April 23, the day of Agios Georgios, the Greeks with Georgios Karaiskakis as leader, won the battle and locals believe that the saint saved the town. A marble monument with the bust of Karaiskakis was built to honor the hero of the Greek Revolution. The view from the churchyard of Agios Georgios is breathtaking.

The Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas is one of the most impressive Byzantine monuments in the Mediterranean located on the slopes of Helicon Mountain in the village of Distomo. The Monastery of Osios Loukas has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its remarkable byzantine architecture. The two byzantine churches with their wonderful frescoes and mosaics and golden background were constructed from Osios Loukas in the 10th century AD. The relics of the saint used to be exhibited in the main church of the monastery until they were moved to the crypt below the Catholicon. The church of Theotokos is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine architecture that became the prototype for the classical Byzantine churches of Southern Greece. The ceilings of the church are illuminated from wonderful mosaics with golden background depicting religious scenes while the interior of the church distinguishes for the rich sculptural decoration of the temple and the drum of the dome. The church of Theotokos adjoins another cathedral, the Catholicon, which was constructed from the three Byzantine Emperors namely Romanos II, Basil Boulgaroktonos and Constantine IX Monomachos in the first decades of the 11th century. The erection of the Catholicon is connected to the prophecy of Osios Loukas, who foreseen that a Byzantine Emperor will conquer the island of Crete. The Monastery of Osios Loukas is one of the most impressive religious monuments of the country that stands out for its magnificent marble projects and mosaics on a gold background, which are characteristic samples of the second golden age of Byzantine art.

The Monastery of Agion Theodoron is built on a rocky cliff in the village of Panagia Kalamiotissa. Historical resources indicate that the monastery served as a watchtower to control the raids that took place in the area of Corinth while it became a hermitage from the beginning of the 10th century BC. During the revolution of 1821, the monastery served as a shelter for the Greek fighters. Inside the monastery, one can visit an interesting ecclesiastical collection and the temples of Osios Ieronimos and Osios David. The monastery offers panoramic views to the Corinthian Gulf.

The Monastery of Evangelistria stands on a verdant hill twelve kilometers away from Aliartos village. The monastery was founded in the 12th century. During the Ottoman occupation, the monastery offered education in the holy crypt of Agia Triada while it offered shelter to the fighters of the Second World War. The nuns of the monastery are famous for their textile workshop. On March 25, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place in the monastery.

The Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary of Jerusalem is a typical byzantine monastery dominating the eastern slopes of Parnassus Mountain near the village of Davlia. The monastery was founded in 1088 AC. According to local tradition, monks from Jerusalem used to reside in the monastery. During the Ottoman Empire, the monastery played an important role as the monks provided education, healthcare and shelter to the families of the fighters. The modern form of the temple is not the initial, as the monastery was destroyed from the Turks and a devastating earthquake. On August 23, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place in the monastery.

The Monastery of Panagia Makariotissa stands on the northern slopes of Elikonas Mountain in the village of Domvrena. The monastery was founded in the 12th century. During the Ottoman occupation, the monastery played an important role by helping Georgios Karaiskakis, one of the heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821. The interior of the monastery is decorated with beautiful frescoes and a wonderful wood carved temple. On August 23, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place in the monastery.

Monuments

The Bust of Georgios Karaiskakis stands at the churchyard of Agios Georgios in the village of Arahova. Georgios Karaiskakis was one of the greatest heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821. He was the leader of the Battle of Arahova that took place in 1826 between the Greeks and the Ottomans. On April 23, the day of Agios Georgios, the Greeks with Georgios Karaiskakis as leader, won the battle and locals believe that the saint saved the town. A marble monument with the bust of Karaiskakis was built to honor the hero of the Greek Revolution.

The Clock Tower of Livadia is located on the highest point of the town of Livadia. The tower was built as a watch point in the Frankish period while the clock was donated from Lord Elgin in 1803 in exchange for him to undertake archaeological excavations in the Oracle of Trofonio. The clock tower of Livadia offers panoramic views to the city of Livadia.

The Lion of Heronia is located in the archaeological site of Heronia in the homonymous village. The Lion of Heronia is a marble funerary monument that was constructed to honor of the Sacred Band of Thebes who lost their lives in the Battle of Heronia in 338 BC.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Heronia is located in the village of Heronia. The museum displays findings from the prehistoric times to the early Christian period. One of the exhibition rooms is dedicated to the long history of Ancient Heronia while another exhibition room presents findings from prehistoric Boeotia. The model of a traditional house of the Neolithic era is of great importance. Some of the most important exhibits include marble sculptures from Ancient Heronia, pottery objects from the archaeological sites of Orchomenos, architectural parts from temples in the regions of Davlia, Distomo, Livadia and Koronia and an impressive mosaic with geometric decorations from Ancient Heronia. The courtyard of the museum is decorated with the imposing lion of Heronia, a marble funerary monument that was constructed to honor of the Sacred Band of Thebes who lost their lives in the Battle of Heronia in 338 BC.

The Archaeological Museum of Thebes is one of the most important archaeological museums of Greece located in the city of Thebes. The museum presents the historical path of the civilization of Boeotia from the Paleolithic period to the Byzantine era. The most important exhibits include findings from the historical acropolis of Kadmia and the Mycenaean cemeteries of Ritsona, Tanagra and Thebes, marble sculptures from Ancient Thespiai and pottery tools and jewelry from Polyadrion and cylindrical seals from the Classical world.

The Folklore Museum of Arahova is housed in a neoclassical building on the main street of the village. The building was constructed from Andreas Singros in 1910.

The Ethnological and Historical Museum of Livadia is located in the city of Livadia. The museum was established in order to showcase the history of the wider area of Boeotia Prefecture. Exhibits of the museum are presented in thematic units including agricultural tools, clothing, household items and textiles that cover every aspect of the daily life of rural people. One of the most interesting exhibits is the section dedicated to waterpower.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Korikion Andron is a huge cavern located on the southwestern slopes of Parnassus Mountain. Mythology has it that the cave was home of God Pan and Korikies Nymphs while it was used as a shelter from the residents of Delphi in 480 BC. Korikion Andron Cave was also considered as one of the Gates to Hades, the God of Underworld. Rich compositions of stalactites and stalagmites illuminate the interior of the cave creating a mysterious setting. Archaeological excavations brought to light figurines and jewelry from the Neolithic times which are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Delphi.

The Lake of Ilyki is a large natural lake of Boeotia located eight kilometers away from the city of Thebes. It has steep banks extending over 22 square kilometers at the foot of the western slopes of Ptoos Mountain. Ilyki Lake is ideal for natural explorations.

The National Park of Parnassos is the second biggest national park of Greece located on the central part of Central Greece. Parnassus has a Mediterranean type of vegetation with magnificent fir and pine forests. The highest peak is Liakoura at an altitude of 2.459 meters. Autumn at its best, the national park brings an abundance of colours while spring offers a stunning combination of wildflowers mixed with the snowy conditions of winter. Beautiful olive groves are found in Itea and Plisto Plains ideal for stunning promenades with breathtaking view. Parnassus National Park serves as a shelter for numerous bird species including golden eagles, harriers and vultures. Numerous routes are offered in the premises of the park ideal for mountain sports including hiking, mountain biking, off roading and skiing. Some of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus include Arahova, Agoriani, Amfliklia, Gravia, Tithorea and Vargiani.

The Ski Center of Parnassos is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May

Promenades and Villages

Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos, is a mountainous village located on the west side of Mount Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of 900 meters, the lovely settlement offers panoramic views to the mountain scenery. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus Mountain, Agoriani is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The central square of Agoriani is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The forest of Agoriani is ideal for natural explorations and hiking excursions. It is worth noting that the E4 hiking trail passes through Agoriani and leads to the Oracle of Delphi. In a close distance from the village, one will have the opportunity to admire the Matesis Waterfall distinguished for its unique beauty and the Korikion Andron Cave for its rich stalagmites and stalactites. Parnassus Ski Center is located close to Agoriani. Other villages worth visiting include Arahova, Gravia and Variani.

Arahova is a mountainous village located on the west side of Mount Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of 980 meters, the lovely settlement distinguishes for its traditional character with stone houses, cobblestone alleys and lovely squares. Characterized as the balcony of Parnassus, Arahova is one of the most beautiful villages of the mountain. Worth visiting sights include Agios Georgios Church and the Clock Tower for their panoramic views, Korikion Andron Cave for its rich stalactite and stalagmite formations and the Folklore Museum of Arahova. It is highly recommended to pay a visit to the nearby Archaeological Site of Delphi and the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas. Parnassus Ski Center is also located close to Arahova. On April 23, a large festival takes place in the village celebrating the protector saint of the village and the historical battle that took place between the Greeks and the Ottomans in 1826. The cheese Formaella of Arahova is one of the finest products of the village that has been designated with a protected destination of origin. Arahova is also famous for its fine weavings and textiles. Other villages worth visiting include Agoriani, Distomo and Livadi.

Davlia is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of Boeotia. It is a charming settlement with traditional character. The central square of the village is the most charming spot of Davlia ideal for relaxing promenades. The scenery is breathtaking with magnificent view of Parnassus Mountain. The most important monuments of the village include the four watermills of Davlia, the cavernous church of Panagia Faneromeni, the clock tower of Davlia, the traces of the citadel of Ancient Davlia and the remains of the byzantine church of Agioi Theodoroi. It is highly recommended to visit the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary of Jerusalem. Nature lovers can explore Agios Ioannis Springs of Mavroneri and Lapathia Campsite for its stunning ecosystem and rich flora and fauna. Other villages worth visiting villages include Arahova, Distomo and Livadia.

Distomo is a mountainous village located on the western part of Boeotia. The lovely settlement nestles in a verdant valley surrounded from rugged and smooth slopes. Distomo is known as the site of Distomo Massacre that was perpetrated from the Germans against the inhabitants in the Second World War. The Nazi Victims Museum of Distomo presents the complete history of the village through an interesting collection of documents and photographs. On Kanales hill, the memorial of the victims was constructed in honor of the inhabitants who died in the massacre. The most important monument of the wider area is the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas, one of the most impressive Byzantine monuments in the Mediterranean that has been included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kalivia Livadi is a mountainous village located on the west slopes of Parnassus Mountain. It is an old farming village built on a plateau at an altitude of 1.100 meters. Livadi is the largest and most beautiful plateau of Parnassus. Traditional stone houses with red tiled roofs contribute the picturesqueness of this village. While the scenery is verdant green in spring, snowflakes cover the village in the winter that fascinates the travellers. In ancient times, the local people used to cultivate their crops in Livadi because of the extremely fertile soil of the region; you might even distinguish the huts they used as accommodation. From late spring, the seasonal Pinigoura Lake appears in the village of Livadi ideal for canoeing and kayaking. In Livadi, one will find numerous sport facilities including a horse riding center and an ice skating platform. The endless view of the rugged peaks of Parnassus and the magnificent fir forest offers moments of ultimate tranquility ideal for nature lovers. Worth visiting sights include the Cave of Korikion Andron for its rich stalactite and stalagmite formations and the village of Arahova. Parnassus Ski Center is also located close to Livadi.

Koronia is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of Livadia. Blessed with verdant vegetation, the forest of Koronia is ideal for hiking excursions. Kefalovriso is spectacular natural scenery with huge plane trees and running waters ideal for natural explorations. The wider area of Koronia is offered for hiking, trekking and off roading. The most important monuments of the village include the traces of the ancient town of Koronia in the village of Mamoura, the Koronia Nymph Cave in the village of Agia Triada and the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi. Other villages worth visiting include Agia Triada for its picturesqueness and Agia Anna for its fir vegetation. It is worth noting that Easter in Koronia is celebrates with numerous musical and cultural special events.

Kyriaki is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of Livadia. Nestling at an altitude of 780 meters, the lovely settlement distinguishes for its traditional character and its verdant vegetation. The central square is the most picturesque spot of the village ideal for relaxing moments under an old plane tree. Kyriaki is famous for its fine agricultural products including meat, milk, wine and oil. Worth visiting sights include the chapel of Agios Ioannis Prodromos and the monastery of Agioi Theodoroi for its panoramic views, the hill of Paleokastro for the traces of the ancient town of Flygonion and the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas that has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Eight kilometers from Kyriaki, one will have the opportunity to discover the forested area of Arvanitsa filled with fir trees and wonderful views towards the mountain scenery of Parnassus. It is worth noting that the Plateau of Bablouki offers spectacular views to the Corinthian Gulf. Other villages worth visiting include Arahova and Livadia.

Livadia is the capital of Boeotia located on the west side of the prefecture. Nestling on the slopes of Mount Helicon, the picturesque settlement has a traditional character surrounded from verdant vegetation and running waters. Livadia can serve as an ideal destination to explore the Boeotian countryside. Spring at its best, Livadia enjoys sceneries of verdant vegetation. The most important monuments of Livadia include the Castle of Livadia and the Clock Tower of Livadia with their spectacular views, the Sources of Kria in Erkynas River with its flowing streams, the Ancient Theatre of Livadia where cultural events are held during the year and the Ethnological and Historical Museum of Livadia. Numerous cultural and musical events are held during the Carnival and Easter seasons at the capital. One of the most interesting festivals is the Trophonia Festival that takes place every September. It is also worth visiting the settlement of Perahori, which is known as Little Paris for its beauty from the local people, the villages of Analipsi and Elikonas (Zeriki) for their natural sceneries.

Parorio is a mountainous village located on the eastern slopes of Parnassus Mountain. The position of the village between the prefectures of Boeotia and Fthiotida justifies its name. Parorio is an exquisite sample of traditional architecture of Parnassus with stone houses, cobblestone streets and beautiful tiled roofs contribute the picturesqueness of this village. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agioi Theodoroi for its wall paintings, the traditional threshing floors and the medieval tower of Parorio.

Polidrosos, else known as Souvala, is a mountainous village located on the northeast slopes of Parnassus. Surrounded from verdant vegetation of cherry, fir and pine trees, the lovely settlement has magnificent landscapes that stand out for their authentic atmosphere. The mountain scenery of Polidrosos is ideal of mountain biking and hiking excursions. Worth visiting sights include the traces of the Church of Palaiopanagia for its byzantine wealth, the village of Lilea for the springs of Kiffisos River, the area of Mandamia with traces of the old hydropower station that used to supply with electricity the village and the neighboring village of Agoriani. The natural scenery of Polidrosos is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The driving route that leads to the village of Ano Souvala is quite spectacular drowned with fire and pine trees. The national trail E22 crosses the village, an ideal route for hiking excursions that will fill you with fresh oxygen and beautiful images. Ano Souvala is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Parnassus Ski Center is also located close to Polidrosos.

Excursions

Road Trip: The Town of Delphi will surpass the expectations of your imagination. From the verdurous slopes of Parnassus to the sanctuary of Apollo and the oracle of Pythia, Delphi has been acclaimed as one of the most sacred places of Greece perched on the high slopes of Mount Parnassus; indeed, its cultural richness designated it as a World Heritage Site from UNESCO. People would journey here from all over the world to seek wisdom from the oracle of Pythia, a woman that served as the earthly mouthpiece of Apollo. Its was power was so influential, that no great leader and warrior would made a major decision without consulting the oracle. So, Delphi served as the religious and spiritual center of ancient civilization that contributed to the cultural development of the entire country. Three of the most mountain massifs of the country interlace on the northern edge of Delphi composing an impressive geophysical canvas. Just a glimpse on the horizon over the silvery olive groves on the craggy slopes of Mount Parnassus, the blue surface of the Corinthian Gulf over the Delphic landscape will illuminate your imagination. Undeniably, Delphi is considered to be the most wonderful scenery of earth; the dreamy location high up on the mountains, the shadows of the crystalline blue sky and the massiveness of the green leaves of the olives will sparkle your eyes with the brightest colours of earth. The genuine colours and the perfect harmony of culture and nature lift in the fantasy world of the Olympian Gods. In Delphi, Greek mythology becomes reality. You might even hear the echoing whispers of millions ambiguous oracles with such a convincing force. Let yourself enter into the magical spirit and the divine atmoshpere of the navel of this earth.

Road Trip: The Town of Karpenisi is a place covered with snow nestling at an altitude of 950 meters in the verdurous mountain slopes of Velouhi. It is the most mountainous capital of Greece that stands in the heart of the massive mountains of the most rugged region of Roumeli. The beautiful town will welcome you with the rustling of the fir trees and the coolness of the water. All the magical elements of the mountainous nature intertwine in the most harmonious way creating an environment of unparalleled beauty that was conquered from thousands of imperious and rebellious characters over the centuries. Just like a hawk, your eyes will be captivated from the reddish roofs that immerse in the gullies of the barren crests embracing the beautiful village of Karpenisi. Snowy white or verdant green, it is more than worthy to ascend the serpentine roads that lead to the windswept heights of Velouhi; you will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views to the mountain ridges throughout the intense uphill that pop out of the mist wrapped with the snow of the winter. From the authentic spirit of Fidakia village and the picturesque atmosphere of Mikro and Megalo Horio, the astonishing monastery of Prousiotissa and the magical landscapes of Karpenisiotis to the snowy slopes of Velouhi Mountain and the fairytale gorge of Panta Vrehi, Karpenisi hides millions of mysteries. Mountainous nature at its glory, the beauty of Karpenisi will take your breath away. The tiny traditional villages around Karpenisi might even steal the glory of the idyllic protagonist of the show with their charming alleys, their picturesque squares, their stone houses and their idyllic landscapes. The thriving alpine beauty of Evrytania challenges you to discover the genuine soul of mountainous Greece that distinguishes for its mystical nature. Above the clouds to eternity and beyond, Karpenisi will hypnotize you with its divine beauties. This is Evrytania, a majestic place to live in. Are you ready to dive into the alpine state of mind?

Activities

Agrotourism: The interest for agrotourism is constantly growing, as many travellers want to discover the urban lifestyle of Greece. The development of rural tourism in Boeotia is based on agricultural activities of the region while adequate accommodation infrastructure is provided compatible with the natural environment.

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Parnassus National Park is quite remarkable. The prefecture of Boeotia has a high ecological value, as it serves as major station and shelter for native and migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Boeotia, one will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Alpine Swifts, Black Woodpeckers, Collared Flycatchers, Cretzschmar’s Buntings, Eleonora’s Falcon, Golden Eagles, Horned Larks, Lesser Kestrels, Rock Nuthatches, Rock Partridges, Subalpine Warbler and Yellow Wagtails.

Climbing: The wild topography and rocky terrain of Parnassus makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. There are 50 different climbing routes between the 4th to the 10th degree of difficulty in Kria of Livadia. Other climbing routes can be found in Antikyra and Zemeno of Parnassus. One will find Alpine Associations in the regions of Arahova in Parnassus, Aspra Spitia in Antikyra and the capital of Livadia. Discover more information from the Hellenic Federation of Climbing and Mountaineering.

Hiking and Mountaineering: Helicon and Parnassus Mountains hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. On the mountainous regions of Boeotia, there are old stone paths engraved in the rich natural landscape of the mountains. E4 Path is one of the favorite trails of hikers. The route starts from the village of Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos, and leads to the Archaeological site of Delphi (7 hours). The National Path 22 connects the mountains of Parnassus with Parnitha. The trail starts from the village of Agoriani of Parnassus towards the Mountains of Kirfi, Helicon, Korombili, Kithairon and Pastra and ends to the Bafi shelter in Parnitha. The east side of Parnassus National Park distinguishes for its rich flora and fauna and its unique natural sceneries. One of the most beautiful routes starts from the church of Agios Georgios in Arahova and leads to Defner shelter at the foot of Gerontovrahos. The route passes through fir tress and ski pistes. One can continue to the highest peak of Parnassus at Liakoura point (2.457 meters). The views from Liakoura will definitely reward you. Helicon Mountain also has numerous sign posted hiking trails. Discover more information from the Official Website of Boeotia and the Hellenic Federation of Climbing and Mountaineering.

Horse Riding: Boeotia offers invigorating experiences for lovers of horse riding. You can find the riding school in the village of Thebes.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Arahova is highly suitable for mountain biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. Elikonas Mountain is considered to be one of the best places of Boeotia for mountain biking lovers. Numerous routes start from Agia Anna village. The National Path 22 is another ideal mountain biking route that connects the mountains of Parnassus with Parnitha. The trail starts from the village of Agoriani of Parnassus towards the Mountains of Kirfi, Helicon, Korombili, Kithairon and Pastra and ends to the Bafi shelter in Parnitha. In Parnassus National Park, there are four mountain biking trails including 1 downhill, 2 free ride and 1 cross country. The mountain scenery of Polidrosos Village is also ideal for mountain biking excursions. Discover more information from the Mountaineering Club of Kyriaki.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Boeotia in order to explore the mysterious beauties of the prefecture. Elikonas Mountain and Parnassus National Park are considered to be the best places of Boeotia for off roading adventures. Make sure you always check the maps of Boeotia before you get into your car.

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Boeotia? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying site of Boeotia is located in Ancient Plataea of Thebes in the skirts of Kithairon Mountain. Discover more information from Oxygen Paragliding.

Skiing: With one of the most mountainous terrains in Europe, Greece is an ideal destination for skiing in winter. The heart of the winter in Greece beats on the snowish mountaintops where ski lovers desire adventures. The Ski Center of Parnassos is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

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Coffee Corners 

Elatos Resort: Coffee and Pastries, Elatos

Filon Kafe: Coffee, Agia Anna

Gospel: Coffee and Pastries, Arahova

Le Grand Chalet: Coffee and Pastries, Agoriani

Mikro Kafe: Coffee and Pastries, Livadi

Paramount: Coffee, Livadi

Petrino: Coffee and Pastries, Polidrosos

Xenia: Coffee and Pastries, Livadia

Gastronomic Delights

Agnadio: Greek Cuisine, Arahova

Arhontiko: Greek Cuisine, Arahova

Drosoula: Greek Cuisine, Vargiani

En Parnasso: Greek Cuisine, Polidrosos

Griza Arkouda: Greek Cuisine, Agoriani

Hani Zemenos: Greek Cuisine, Zemenos

I Taverna Tou Nikou: Greek Cuisine, Agoriani

Kalyva: Greek Cuisine, Livadi

Oistros: Cuisine, Arahova

Panagiota: Greek Cuisine, Arahova

Stamatis: Greek Cuisine, Kyriaki

Zahos: Greek Cuisine, Livadi

Zeriki: Greek Cuisine, Elikonas

Cocktail Inspirations

Cine Celena: Cocktails and Drinks, Arahova

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Gospel: Cocktails and Drinks, Arahova

Paramount: Cocktails and Drinks, Livadi

Petrino: Cocktails and Drinks, Polidrosos

Sehre: Cocktails and Drinks, Arahova

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of Arahova include feta cheese, honey, olives and olive oil, handmade pasta, wine and sausages. The cheese Formaella of Arahova is one of the finest products of the village that has been designated with a protected destination of origin. Arahova is also famous for its fine weavings and textiles. Feta of Parnassus is another popular product of Boeotia that stands out for its quality and its taste and has been designated with a protected destination of origin. The prefecture of Boeotia is famous for its meat, the village of Davlia is widely known for the alcoholic drink of raki and the vineyards of Askri are known for their fine wine.

The local specialties of Boeotia include paidakia, a dish of lamb cutlets, kokoretsi, a dish made with lamb intestine wrapped with offal, kontosouvli, a dish made with big pieces of pork grilled on the skewer, sausages, gardoubakia, a dish made with a dish made with lamb intestine roasted in the oven, stifado, a dish made with rabbit and giouvetsi, a dish made with lamb.

Events & Festivals

Livadia is famous of its Easter customs and traditions. On Easter Sunday, the Lakka Custom takes place where branches and charcoals are lit with the candle of the Resurrection in order to roast the lambs. The celebration begins in the morning followed from a festival with traditional music and dances in the area of Kria. The festival culminates from the night festive celebration at the main square of Livadia.

Every 23rd of April, the traditional celebration in honor of Agios Georgios takes place in the village of Arahova. Agios Georgios is the patron saint of Arahova. The celebrations begin on the evening of April 22 and culminate for three days. The feasts include traditional customs and dances accompanied from traditional music and food.

Every September, the Pindaria Festival takes place in the village of Thebes. The festival hosts musical and theatrical events during the first ten days of September.

Every September, the Trophonia Festival takes place in the town of Livadia. The festival hosts cultural and musical events for a period of twenty days.

The Revival of the Efhidian Feat is an important event that takes place every year. According to historical evidence, the people of Plateau asked from Efhidas to go to Delphi and bring back the purified fire from the temple of Apollo after the victory of the Greeks in Plataea against the Persians. The revival is organized in the beginning of the summer from the Sports Association of Efhidas. The route has a length of 107.5 kilometers begging from Plataea, passing through the villages of through Kaparelli, Lefktra, Xironomi, Agia Anna, Kyriaki, Stiri, Distomo and Arahova and ends at the Archaeological site of Delphi. The duration of the race is 14 hours.

History & Mythology

Mythology

Boeotia has an exciting mythological interest. The Nine Muses is the most popular myth connected to the prefecture. The muses were the daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus who were patronesses of the arts whose origin was the mountain of Helicon. Apart from the muses, the Korikion Andron Cave was dedicated to God Pan, the son of Hermes. Parnassus Mountain was considered to the holy mountain of Apollo and Dionysus, Thebes was believed to be the homeland of Hercules, the most famous hero of Greek mythology and Liakoura, the highest point of Parnassus, is identified with Ancient Likoria where Deucalion and Pyrra fled to save the world from the flood. According to the legend, Deucalion and Pyrra gave birth to the Greek, the founder of the Greek race.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the prefecture of Boeotia has been inhabited since the prehistoric period. Ogygos was the first king of Boeotia. Due to the strategic geographical position on the north shore of the Corinthian Gulf, the prefecture attracted numerous populations including the Minyes and the Cadmians. During the Mycenaean period, the Boeotians dominated the entire area of the prefecture emanating the area of Thessaly. More specifically, they occupied the regions of Heronia, Koronia and Orchomenos while they later conquered Plataea and Thebes. Although Boeotia was a single state, it was divided in smaller kingdoms under the umbrella of the Boeotian Public, which was oldest form of political union founded in the beginning of the 7th century BC lasting up until the 3rd century AC. The leading city of Boeotia was Thebes. In the Persian Wars, many cities collaborated with the Persians; nonetheless, the people of Plataea and Thespies distinguished for their philhellenic attitude. For this reason, the two cities were destroyed from the army of Xerxes during their resistance against the Persians. During the Peloponnesian War, the Boeotians fought on the side of the Lacedemonians. At that period, Boeotia experienced a big decline followed from the destructions by Philipp V, the King of Macedonia, and his son, Great Alexander. Boeotia reached its peak in the Byzantine period due to the development of silkworms. However, the growth was stopped from the invasions of the Normands in 1.147, who transported the silk industry in Sicily. Following the first fall of Constantinople in 1204 AC, Attica and Boeotia was granted to Othonas Delaros, who founded the Duchy of Athens. However, Boeotia was annexed to Mohammed B and remained under the Ottoman Empire until the Greek Revolution of 1821. Important chieftains of the revolution including Athanasios Diakos, Dimitrios Ypsilantis and Georgios Karaiskakis acted in Boeotia; the last battle between the Greeks and the Ottomans was held under the guidance of Ypsilantis in Petra of Aliartos in 1829. Other battles were carried out in Arahova, Distomo, Davlia and Domvrena. Boeotia was one of the first regions that were included in the Modern Greek State. The people of Boeotia contributed to the Balkan Wars while they suffered from executions and destructions of villages from the Germans in the Second World War.

Travel & Transport

By Bus: KTEL Buses of Boetia operate routes from the Liosion Station in the city of Athens to the village of Arahova on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts three hours.

By Car (155 kilometers): In order to get to Arahova, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia. Following the signs to Livadia at the junction of Thebes, you will continue towards Arahova/Delphi. The road trip usually lasts two to three hours.

By Train: Train routes operate daily from Athens and Thessaloniki to the city of Livadia. From Livadia, you can either hire a taxi or use the local KTEL bus to get to Arahova.

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Excursion to the Navel of Earth: Delphi Oracle

The Archaeological Site of Delphi, which has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the famous oracle of Ancient Greece located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Characterized as the navel of the world, the sanctuary of Delphi is set in one of the most specular landscapes of the country that was chosen from the two eagles sent out from legendary Zeus from the end of the universe to find the navel of earth. Delphi served as the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world for many centuries, as its history begins from Greek mythology. The Great Excavation of Delphi began from the French School of Athens in 1891, which uncovered spectacular traces for our knowledge of the life in Ancient Greece. Today, only the Treasury of the Athenians had enough of the original building material preserved while the Chiot Altar, Apollo’s and Athena’s Sanctuaries, Delphi’s Ancient Theatre, the Sacred Way, the Gymnasium of Delphi, and the Tholos of Athena Pronaia have been partially restored. An excursion to Delphi is a must!

Ascend the 264 of Egarsios Dromos

Ascend the 264 marble steps of Egarsios Dromos in Arahova to pay a visit to the historic church of Agios Georgios. From there, From there, you will have the opporunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the entire village!

Driving in the Boeotian Countryside

The Boeotian countryside is an ideal place for driving explorations. Blessed with spectacular sceneries of mother nature, your eyes will be captivated from the beauty of its mysteries. Liakoura Top: For this ride, you will definitely need a 4×4 vehicle. Follow the dirt track from Fterolakka Ski Center on the southern direction. Go all the way up and leave your car at the end of the track. From there, you will have to walk 40 minutes to get to the 10th highest top of Greece. The views will definitely reward you! Helicon Mountain: Moving towards the mountain of the muses, one of the msot beautiful routes of Boetia, you will be impressed from the pristine natural sceneries. Passing through the traditional mountainous village of Kyriaki, ascend the snakelike road overflown with verdant trees to admire the verdant vegetation at its best. Ilyki Lake: From Ypato village, you will follow the asphalt road and the dirt road that ascends the slopes of Sagmatas Mountain. Blessed with fresh air, you will have the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of the Boeotian valley, the robust mountains of Helicon and Parnassus and the lakes of Ilyki and Paralimni. Heading towards Mouriki village, this village can serve as the starting point for your natural explorations at the lake of Ilyki. Petra Waterfalls: After the village of Aliartos towards the town of Livadia, you will meet Petra village. At the center of the village, there is a narrow asphalted road that leads to the waterfalls of Petra; flowing waters falling from a height of 20 meters! A unique spectacle! Polidrosos Village: Leaving behind the picturesque village of Agoriani/Eptalofos, head north to visit the beautiful village of Polidrosos. A brief drive with bends and views to the impressive valley in the arms of the imposing eyes, after Lilea village, you will meet Polidrosos. Parnassus. Surrounded from verdant vegetation of cherry, fir and pine trees, the lovely settlement has magnificent landscapes that stand out for their authentic atmosphere. Ano Souvala Village: Following the road that leads to the ski center of Fterolakka, you will find yourself at the village of Ano Souvala. The drive is magical drowned with the foliage of fir and pine trees. For hikers, the village crosses the national trail E22, a perfect path to fill your lungs with oxygen! However, you can continue the road that leads to Parnassus Ski Center that passes through a dense forest of fir trees.

E4 European Path

The European Long Distance Path E4 crosses the west slopes of Parnassus Mountain at the 51st kilometer, the highest point of Lamia – Amfissa Highway. Then, the route passes under the summit to the village of Agoriani and goes down to Delphi. Just above Delphi, E4 merges with the Ancient Path used from pilgrims in antiquity to visit the oracle of Delphi.

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Arahova offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Valley of the Muses

Just a few kilometers away from the glory of Parnassus, Helicon Mountain enjoys the serenity of the unknown side of Boeotia. The place where the nine muses used to reside is offered for natural explorations. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine muses, patronesses of the arts, used to accompany Apollo when he was plying music with his lyre. Every muse protected a specific art; Erato for elegy, Euterpe for lyric poetry, Thalia for comedy, Calliope for poetry, Cleo for history, Melpomene for tragedy, Urania for astronomy, Polyhymnia for sacred hymns and Terpsichore for dance. Drowned from fir and oak tress, the mountain with the sixteen peaks has beautiful places worth exploring. From the village of Agia Anna with its verdant vegetation and its delicious taverns, the village of Kyriaki with its fine agricultural products, the byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas, an architectural masterpiece and and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the village of Zeriki (Elikonas) with its picturesque atmosphere, the Kopaeda Lake with its lake skiing facilities, and the valley of Arvanitsa with its tranquil atmosphere, Helicon Mountain has everything!

From Arahova With Love

Delicious sweet spoons, colorful textiles, handmade pasta, local sausages and the famous formaella cheese will fill your suitcase before you leave from Arahova! Formaella of Arahova is one of the finest products of the village that has been designated with a protected destination of origin from the European Union.

Ice Skating at Livadi

Do you want to practice your skills at ice skating or just enjoy your hot chocolate around the fireplace? In Livadi, you will find an ice skating center during the winter months!

In and Around Parnassus

Just a few kilometers away from the glory of Parnassus, there are millions of mysteries; Visit the mountainous village of Polidrosos to enjoy your hot coffee at the central square and pay a visit to the byzantine traces of Agia Eleoussa and explore the beautiful village of Vargiani to admire the views to Gravia valley and Giona Mountains. Head to the Oracle of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas, one of the most impressive Byzantine monuments in the Mediterranean. Characterized as one of the most beautiful of Parnassus Mountain, you should definitely visit the village of Agoriani and practice your skills at ice skating at Livadi village. Grab a map and drive in and around Parnassus!

It’s Sunset Time

Wondering where your can admire the most beautiful sunset in Parnassus? Choose either Liakoura, the highest point of Parnassus Mountain, or visit the church of Agios Georgios and the Clock Tower in Arahova!

Just for Speleologists

Eptastomo is the southernmost glacier of Europe located in the western slopes of Parnassus Mountain. As the glacier is located inside the cavern, it is maintained throughout the year. The name of the cavern derives from the seven orifices that lead to the interior of the cavern. The main pit has a depth from 80 to 100 meters and a diameter of approximately 200 meters and serves as a funnel that collects the snow that melts. Water flows in the form of drops, until it meets the cold air trapped in the cave creating a unique spectacle. The descent to the base of Eptastomo is quite difficult and risky, as the ground is slippery because of the frozen field. The interior of the cave can only be accessed with rappelling ropes. Walking up the glacier, you will meet imposing frost blocks formed from water and melting ice, especially in spring. The most phantasmagorical aspect of the cavern is the underground sound, a noise as if the cave is breathing, which comes from the surface to the interior of the cavern through the orifices. The small lake marks the final point of Eptastomo. Eptastomo is accessible from the road Arahova to Livadi. 4 kilometers after the intersection with the signs to Parnassus Ski Center turn right following the dirt road pointing to Eptastomo cave.

Natural Explorations in Lovely Agoriani

The Village of Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos, is a mountainous village located on the west side of Mount Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of 900 meters, the lovely settlement offers panoramic views to the mountain scenery. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus Mountain, Agoriani is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The central square of Agoriani is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The forest of Agoriani is ideal for natural explorations and hiking excursions. It is worth noting that the E4 hiking trail passes through Agoriani and leads to the Oracle of Delphi. In a close distance from the village, one will have the opportunity to admire the Matesis Waterfall distinguished for its unique beauty and the Korikion Andron Cave for its rich stalagmites and stalactites. Parnassus Ski Center is located close to Agoriani. Other villages worth visiting include Arahova, Gravia and Variani.

Observing Like An Olympian God

Wandering where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of Parnassus? Head to the church of Agios Georgios in Arahova to enjoy the landscape of Delphi till the northern coasts of Peloponnese and visit Vargiani village to admire an impressive view to the mountain ridges of Giona. In Livadia, the church of Agia Sofia offers beautiful views to the Boeotian countryside while the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, on the northern end of Kyriaki village, offers panoramic views to the verdant nature and the ancient town of Flygonion, known as Paleokastro. From the hill of Paleokastro, one can admire spectacular views towards Parnassus Mountain, the Corinthian Gulf, the ridges of Giona Mountain and Peloponnese mountains. Mavra Litharia offers a surprising view of Arahova while Mpamplouki, near Agia Anna village, offers magnificent views to the Corinthian Gulf.

Off Road Experiences

Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Boeotia in order to explore the mysterious beauties of the prefecture. Elikonas Mountain and Parnassus National Park are considered to be the best places of Boeotia for off roading adventures. Make sure you always check the maps of Boeotia before you get into your car.

Panigiraki of Arahova

The feast of Agios Georgios, else known as the Panagyraki of Arahova, is not be missed; a three day festival celebrating the victory of revolutionary hero Georgios Karaiskakis against the Ottomans in 1826. The feast begins the evening before the feast, April 22, with traditional dances of old men dressed in traditional costumes, the litany of the holy icon of Agios Georgios and the vesper ceremony. On April 23, the day of the feast of Agios Georgios, young men and elders dressed in local costumes walk uphill towards the battlefield of Karaiskakis, followed from the event at the fountain of Agios Georgios, the traditional dances at the churchyard of Agios Georgios and the termination of the 5000 meters race at the square of Lakka. On April 24, the festival hosts more athletic events while the traditional orchestra of Arahova plays at the square of Papaioannou in the evening. On the last day of Panagyraki, a memorial service takes place at the monument of Georgios Karaiskakis, followed from other athletic events that culminate to the Halasma of Panigiraki, the traditional feast of Arahova, with traditional food and music for everyone that is held in the churchyard of Agios Georgios.

Paragliding At Its Best

Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Boeotia? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying site of Boeotia is located in Ancient Plataea of Thebes in the skirts of Kithairon Mountain. Discover more information from Oxygen Paragliding.

Slide Like A Pro: Lake Skiing in Greece

Athletes or not, many people visit the Kopaeda Lake to practice their skills in lake skiing. Skiing in fresh water is easier, without ripples and winds. From slalom for all levels to barefoot and wakeboard, the school is fully equipment for sports enthusiasts. Discover more information from the Official Website of Hatziski.

Skiing At Its Best: Parnassus Mountain

The Ski Center of Parnassus is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May.

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