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For the village in Aetolia-Acarnania, see Platanos, Aetolia-Acarnania. For the village in Arcadia, see Iraia. For the village in Laconia, see Karyes.
Arachova is located in Greece
Coordinates: 38°29′N 22°35′E / 38.483°N 22.583°E / 38.483; 22.583Coordinates: 38°29′N 22°35′E / 38.483°N 22.583°E / 38.483; 22.583
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Greece
Regional unit Boeotia
Municipality Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra
 • Mayor Ioannis Patsantaras
 • Municipal unit 139.45 km2 (53.84 sq mi)
Elevation 968 m (3,176 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 2,770
 • Municipal unit density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 320 04
Area code(s) 22670
Vehicle registration ΒΙ

Arachova (Greek: Αράχωβα, also Αράχοβα) is a mountain town and a former municipality in the western part of Boeotia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Its name is of South Slavic origin, and denotes a place with walnut trees. It is a tourist destination due to its location in the mountains, its traditions and its proximity to Delphi. Greek rebels under Georgios Karaiskakis defeated the Ottomans at the 1826 Battle of Arachova. The cheese Formaela from Arachova has been designated as a protected designation of origin.[3] Nearby Arachova, there are also modern ski facilities, a magnet for visitors. Although contemporary culture tends to flatten the particular folklore of the region, however, the town maintains some local customes and indeed demonstrates them at celebrations take place on 23 April, in the honor of the patron Saint George.

Arachova has a panoramic view and picturesque closely, with small, but peculiar architecture, houses and the cobbled streets of uphill. In the center of town stands a huge and steep cliff, The Bell Tower, covered with dense ivy. On top of the tower, a large clock is placed of height 10m. Arachova is famous for its black wine, its "brusque", the colorful textiles, carpets and the rugs, handicrafts and the woodcut creations as well. 


Arachova is situated at about 970 m elevation on the southern slope of Mount Parnassus, above the valley of the small river Pleistos. It is located 8 km E of Delphi, 9 km northwest of Distomo, 18 km southeast of Amfissa and 26 km west of Livadeia. The Greek National Road 48 (Naupactus - Delphi - Livadeia) passes through the town. The Parnassos Ski Centre is situated to the north.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 2,910
1991 3,084
2001 4,158
2011 2,770



  1. ^ "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ WIPO

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