By Catherine Tsounis
The conclusion of our Delphi excursion was visiting Arachova with guide George Rostandis, a Marathon runner and guide Mentor. Excursion guides are the goodwill ambassadors of Greece. This central Greek village is famous for its rugs. Arachova is a mountain town and a former municipality in the western part of Boeotia, Greece. 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.1
It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favorite for passionate ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. Its modern ski resort, its close proximity to Athens, and its breathtaking mountainous landscape are the strongest reason why. Apart from the mountain activities and horses. Arachova is also famous for its bustling nightlife and as the favorite mountain resort of Athenians.2
Giannis Syros, owner of “The Horse of Arachova”, showed us his rugs and crafts. Colorful embroidered pillow covers, folk blouses and t-shirts were viewed at the entrance. The tourists were focused on embroidered scarfs and table cloths. And woven Greek rugs in traditional patterns were everywhere. A traditional loom was displayed, showing how rugs were created. For more information, call Giannis at +30 2267 032096.
Photo – Guide George Rostandis (right) and driver.
Photo 2 – “Horse of Arachova embroideries.
Photo 3 – rugs.