Arachova, originally called Karyai (also spelled Caryae), is a mountain town and a former municipality in the western part of the province of Boeotia. It is a tourist destination due to its location in the mountains, its traditions and its proximity to the town of Delphi and the Parnassus ski centre.
The Formaela cheese from Arachova has been designated as a protected designation of origin. Nearby Arachova, modern ski facilities at the Parnassus Ski Centre are popular with visitors. Although contemporary culture tends to outdo regional folklore, the town maintains some local customs and demonstrates them at celebrations on 23 April, in the honor of the patron Saint George.
Arachova has a panoramic view, uphill small houses and the cobbled streets show a picturesque architecture. The town center includes a huge and steep cliff, the Bell Tower, covered with dense ivy. At the top of the tower is a large 10m height clock. Arachova is famous for its black wine, its “brusque”, the colorful textiles, carpets and rugs, handicrafts and woodcut creations as well.