For the visitors of the Parnassos Ski Center there are a variety of accommodation, food and entertainment options. Villages in the wider area are favorite destinations year-round and even more so during the ski season. Some are more cosmopolitan than others, while quieter spots are also available, but all are equally scenic and ideal for special getaways.
Undoubtedly, Arachova, shaped like an amphitheater at an altitude of 1,000 meters, features among the top preferences of those visiting the ski center, while being considered by many as being the most cosmopolitan winter resort in Greece. For your stay here you will find traditional guesthouses and luxury chalets. At the traditional taverns you will taste all of the local delicacies and of course formaela, the local cheese. The paved central Lakka square is a popular meeting point, while a landmark of the village is the 18th century clock on the Tiria rock. The 264 steps, starting from Papaioannou Square, lead to the Church of Aghios Georgios, also known as Engarsios, from where one can enjoy majestic views.
Delphi is one of the most important archeological sites in the country. The “navel of the world” attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, providing highly developed tourist facilities. In addition to visiting the archeological site and the museum, the modern city of Delphi, built at an altitude of 570 meters, next to an archeological site, offers a unique view of the bay of Itea and many choices for food, accommodation and entertainment.
Agoriani or Eptalofos
Built amphitheatrically on the northwestern slopes of Mount Parnassos at an altitude of 850 meters in an impressive fir forest with waterfall and plane trees, Agoriani features stone houses and is one of the top winter destinations for skiers and non-skiers alike, just 20 km from the Parnassos Ski Center. The church of Aghia Paraskevi with the oak of Angelos Sikelianos stands out as does the church of Aghioi Anargyroi with its 7 springs, located just a few meters from the main square. From here one can start the mountain trek following the E4 path that connects the village with Delphi, passing through forest area of rare beauty.
Picturesque Amfiklia is located 17 km from Fterolaka and the Parnassos Ski Center, at an altitude of 400 meters. It is considered to be a listed settlement with cobbled alleys and squares, churches, fountains and beautiful mansions. In Amfiklia there are several options for accommodation and food. The Ancient Acropolis of Amfikleia offers impressive views of the area, while the chapel of St. Jerusalem that was built in a cave is one of the places of special interest.
Polydrosos or Souvala and Ano Polydrosos
Polydrosos is built at the northern part of Mount Parnassos at an altitude of 380m. and is 20 km from Kellaria of the Parnassos Ski Center and 15 km from Fterolaka. In recent years, improved facilities have been built there with traditional hostels and mansions being turned into tourist residences. Around the main square with the plane trees and the church of the village, one can discover several options for food and coffee. The route to the springs of Aghia Eleousa rewards visitors who will come across a landscape of unique natural beauty. A few kilometers from Polydroso, on the road to the ski resort, is the old settlement, Ano Polydrosos, which is literally tucked away in the pine trees.
Very close to the Parnassos Ski Center is Livadi, or otherwise Kalivia Livadiou, that extends on a plateau at an altitude of 1,100 m. Here you will find traditional stone villas, hostels, taverns, cafes and different activities, such as horse riding, cycling, archery etc. Towards the end of winter, when the snow begins to melt, the seasonal lake Pinigura is formed, which gives a completely different dimension to the area.