Situated in Zagori, Epirus in north-western Greece the Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas offers the perfect location for UNESCO surroundings, villages rich in history and tradition, and captivating nearby attractions including Ioannina city, the capital of Epirus.
A mountainous paradise, the spectacular Zagori region is currently under consideration for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is the first Greek cultural landscape to be proposed for this. Zagori, which translates as “the place behind the mountains”, embraces 46 villages of unparalleled beauty, history and tradition built on the surrounding mountain ranges of Tymfe, Pindos and Mitsikeli. One of the best preserved traditional settlements in Greece with exceptional natural beauty, this region represents over and above the necessary requirements for UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Hardly on the tourist radar, Aristi is one of the most famous villages of the entire Zagori area and is home to the enchanting Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas. Nestled in a world-class national park teeming with wildlife, untouched nature and idyllic enclaves, the hotel is the perfect base to experience everything Zagori has to offer.
Given Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas’ close proximity to the incredible Pindus Mountains, guests can enjoy kayaking in the Voidomatis River as well as canyoning, hand gliding and excursions to the Gamila Mountain Peaks and the Drakolimni Lake.
During these activities, guests can admire the old arched stone bridges, the cobbled streets that converge at small picturesque squares, the incredible gorges and alpine altitude lakes, as well as the breath-taking views of the Vikos Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Visitors can also hike the Steps of Vradeto, an impressive 200 year old cobbled path with 1000 steps. This bespoke offering also complements the hotel’s recent membership within the prestigious National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.
A Cultural Setting
Alongside adventures in the natural surroundings, guests can embark on a cultural journey of the region for a complete Zagorochoria immersion. Visits include the stunning sights of Kipi village, Oxia vista point, Monodendri and Paraskevi Monastery, Dilofo village and Papigo area. Guests can also discover the history of Ioannina’s historic city centre and beautiful lakes, learn more about the centuries of economic and cultural benefits experienced under the Ottoman Rule, and uncover remains from the Paleolithic period. Within a day’s visit there is the old city of Gjirokaster and the archaeological site of Butrint, the only UNESCO World Heritage in Albania.
Within the village of Aristi, guests can take a walk through the cobblestone streets, admire the imposing church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and enjoy a drink at one of the traditional cafes in the main square.
Back at the hotel, unwind in luxurious accommodations, find peace and tranquillity at the spa, and indulge in delicious local dishes including exceptional food and wines of the region. Not just a hotel, Aristi Mountain Resort & Spa is the ultimate refuge for those pursuing beauty in nature.
Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas (www.aristi.eu/en, +30 26530 41330) offers nightly rates in a double superior room on a B&B basis from £115 based on 2 people sharing.