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Arachova - Delfi | MOUNTAIN CHARM WITH RICH HISTORY

ARACHOVA

Wood... stone... picturesque paved paths... Skiing... outdoor activities... Traditional cafes... local specialties... tavernas... lively nightlife!

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Hugging the hillside at 980 metres, Arachova village is awe inspiring at first glance, either bathed in sunlight or half hidden in the clouds, or lit up at night with the rock of the infamous clock tower standing out clearly like a fort washed in orange light.

The mountain resort, well known for its woven goods, the 'formaella' cheese specialty, and the local brusco wine, lies at the foot of the Parnassos mountain.

In the 1821 revolution the village was associated with Karaiskaki, who eliminated the armies of Moustaphabey in the region.

The statue commemorating this, today still proudly reminds us of this victory, however the picture of modern Arachova is very different.

Discover it for yourselves.

PARNASSOS SKI CENTER

Parnassos ski centre attracts thousands of visitors to Arachova during the winter weekends

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However one can enjoy many other mountain outdoor activities throughout the year like mountain biking, hiking, parapente, canyoning etc. Parnassos offers unparallel choices for all outdoor leisure activities.

DELPHI

During the Mycenean period, the Goddess of the Earth was worshipped at Delphi. The development of Temple and of the Oracle began in 8th century BC when the worship of Apollo was widespread.

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Under the protection and the command of Amfykionias, the Temple declares independence during the 6th Century BC, whilst increasing the Panhellenic religious and political influence, increasing its region of command, as well as re-organizing the Pythian Games whilst enjoying increasing wealth, statues and other artifacts.

Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi was a panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 586 BC athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four panhellenic (or stephanitic) games, precursors of the Modern Olympics. The victors at Delphi were presented with a laurel crown (stephanos) which was ceremonially cut from a tree by a boy who re-enacted the slaying of the Python.

Delphi was set apart from the other games sites because it hosted the mousikosagon, musical competitions.

The third century BC, the Aitolians take command of the Temple, until 191BC when they are replaced by the Romans. Delphi many times benefited but also was invaded many times by the various Roman emperors.

With the establishment of the new religious order the spiritual influence is lost, and in 394AD it is closed officially by order of Emperor Theodosiou.

Delphi is a breathtaking site up until nowadays.

GALAXIDI

Modern day Galaxidi is a traditional seaside fishing village - however in the 18th century it was a very important naval base of the region.

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It was from here that the magnificent schooners and other sail boats set sail trading all over the Mediterranean.

Today, most of the mansions are renovated and the narrow streets appear to be untouched by time - Galaxidi retains a very tranquil and historically poetic feel, despite the frequent "invasion" of weekend visitors.