If you find yourself in Greece during winter, Arachova should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
It is a small town situated on Mount Parnassos, famous for preserving local traditions like rug-weaving and woodcraft, as well as its cuisine. An easy, 2,5-hour drive from Athens, it is often called “Winter Mykonos” due to the wave of well-heeled Athenians who pass their weekends here from November onwards.
A magical territory with suiting, pagan-sounding place-names. Like the “Gamila” (camel) mountain, which guards this cluster of small villages made of stone, called “Zagoria”, so picturesque that they seem to belong to a fairy-tale. Or the mesmerizing color of “Voidomatis” (the Oxeye), the clearest river in Europe where you can dive and go rafting, floating through places beautiful and isolated, which you cannot see in any other way except by paddling. Then, you can take a walk to Vikos Gorge, with its breathtaking views and unique plants, once home to druid-like spirit-doctors that healed people with rare herbs they gathered there, or go on a 4-hour hike up to the Dragolimni (yup it means Dragon Lake) an Alpine magnificent small lake inhabited by little tritons, on top of Tympfi mountain. And live on a diet of homemade pies, local free-range meat and fish fresh from the river. Oh, and tsipouro spirit of course.