EXPERIENCES

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Aristi Mountain Resort in cooperation with the alternative recreational tourism company TREKKING HELLAS, recommends a variety of outdoor activities throughout the surrounding region.

COOKING WORKSHOP

Discover an ideal cooking course in Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas.
Our cooking lessons invite you to live the Zagori culinary experiences while traveling in Zagori. 
Explore traditional local cuisine with superior quality, fresh and tasteful ingredients, produced in our own green house. Join a day-long culinary experience with handmade pies and salads, meats and cheeses and delicious sweets. During the course, you prepare a full three course meal, with the ingredients we have picked up from our organic garden or local producers and you can enjoy it at the end, accompanied with a glass of local wine. Fresh ingredients, traditional techniques and delicious tastes!

Minimum participation: 3 people

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Zagori is one of the most photogenic places in Greece and Europe. With its unique terrain, wide range of altitude (from 400 to almost 2500 meters above sea level), exceptional biodiversity and magnificent architectural heritage, the photographic exploration of Zagori's 1000 km2 could take a lifetime.

The tours are aimed at visitors with any level of knowledge and experience of photography. For the best results, guests are recommended to use a camera with manual settings and RAW format capabilities, DSLR or Mirrorless ILC. However, this is not essential. Carrying a tripod is also recommended, as it will help guests to create better quality images and allows higher control over framing and composition.

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BIRDWATCHING

GET TO KNOW THE AMAZING WORLD OF BIRDS THROUGH AN ADVENTUROUS TOUR AROUND THE WILD NATURE OF ZAGORI

The famously known nature of Zagori is part of the Northern Pindos National Park, which hosts a large variety of bird species. The shifting habitats of the area, such as the alpine meadows, the gorges, the oak and coniferous forests, are one of the main reasons that allow us to observe at least 140 different bird species throughout the year.

Are you ready to equip yourselves with a pair of binoculars and a fieldscope and join us in our search for the Golden Eagle on the mountaintop of Tymphe?
Are you ready to wander between the forests and seek out the sounds and movements of passerines, such as the Blue Tit or the Subalpine Warbler?

Whether you are new to birdwatching or more experienced, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning bird life of the area by choosing amongst our proposed routes.

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GEOTRAILS

EXPLORING THE GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE OF VIKOS-AOOS GEOPARK

Zagori is a geographical unity which represents the combined work of Nature and Human depicting the evolution of the local society under the influence of the physical constraints of this mountainous area. Furthermore, it boasts a wealth of geosites, supported by its strategic location within the boundaries of Vikos-Aoos Geopark, where the steep-rocky mountaintops of Tymfi mountain range alternate with Vikos Canyon and Voidomatis river.

Geohiking is geology-themed hiking. The main intention is to bring the hiker into contact with the local geological heritage. You don’t have to be a geologist, just a traveler who wishes to partake in the history of the Earth we all share. The landscapes of Zagori are shaped and defined by their geology, creating a great number of geosites. A geosite - geo (Greek) + situs (Latin) - is an area showing geological features of intrinsic scientific interest, features that allow us to understand the key stages of Earth’s evolution.

Exploring the geosites of Zagori can be both enjoyable and educational!

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HIKING

FROM VIKOS GORGE TO DRAKOLIMNI

We offer you a variety of different routes:

A) Vikos Gorge
B) Drakolimni of Tymfi
C) Scala of Vradeto
D) Papigo - Voidomatis Springs - Vikos village
E) Hiking in the Voidomatis Gorge
F) Hiking on the paths and stone bridges of Zagori 

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RAFTING IN VOIDOMATIS

EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The meeting point is in Klidonia, a short distance from Aristi Mountain Resort. You receive the Rafting equipment and they take you to the starting point of the route, which is the Bridge of Excellence. Information is given there and instructions are given for a safe descent.

The route on the river covers a distance of 5km, is of the second degree of difficulty, ideal for the whole family and no prior experience is required.

Passing by the old collapsed stone bridge, that swept away the river in 1911, you come across the monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa. After a route through a landscape of natural beauty, you arrive at the location of Boila. In this location, residences from the era of 2000 BC were found. The finds are exhibited in the archaeological museum of Ioannina. In the middle of the route is the monastery of  Agioi Anargyroi from the 16th century AD. You leave the boat on the river bank and by climbing the hundred or so steps, you reach the monastery. The end of the route at the Klidonia stone bridge holds a surprise.

Program duration: 3 hours
Duration of descent: 1.5 hours

HORSE RIDING

NEXT TO THE RIVER OR ON THE PAPIGO PLATEAU

The horses of Pindos offer children and adults the possibility of a peaceful walk next to Voidomatis river, under the dense foliage of the trees.
There are many different routes and depending on the season, you can experience the surrounding area in this unique way.

CANYONING

EXPERIENCE THE MAJESTY OF NATURE UP CLOSE

Canyoning is a sport with little spread yet. The Greek rendering of the word is Canyon Crossing. With the rappel technique, we cross steep canyons and find ourselves in places of unique beauty.

This activity is suitable for everyone, provided that they are not afraid of heights or acrophobia. Depending on the experience of the group, we also choose the appropriate canyon with the corresponding difficulty.

Canyoning in Rogovu Gorge, Papigo is designed for everyone who wants to have fun and share unforgettable experiences in a unique natural environment! An imposing landscape, sculpted by the power of Tymfi's waters.

The Rogovou Gorge has a crossing time of 3 to 6 hours, depending on the number of people with the program you choose (Family or Advance canyoning).

The meeting point is at the Megalo Papigo, where you pick up the equipment. This is followed by a 20-minute lesson on the use of equipment and abseiling technique, and we begin the canyon crossing.

Minimum Participation: 2 people
In case of heavy and continuous rain, the activities are not carried out, for safety reasons.

YOGA SESSIONS

WELLNESS AND RELAXATION

Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas offers you the opportunity to enjoy unique relaxation and wellness sessions in beautiful Aristi. Gazing at the magnificent Astraka Towers, next to the wonderful Voidomatis River, enjoy relaxing exercises with Yoga postures that improve your physical condition and bring you in touch with your inner self.

HANG GLIDING

ZAGORI FROM HIGH ABOVE

We are moving to Asprageloi village in the center of the vicinity of Zagori. There stands the take-off point for paragliding flights. The flights are mainly carried out on a daily basis during noon and last approximately half an hour. The instructor guides the parachute, as you safely enjoy from above the breathtaking scenery of the area. The landing is on the valley of the Fountain of Pasha. 

Duration: 1 hour

GLINAVOS WINERY

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF WINE

Just a few kilometers from Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas, the winery Glinavos initiates you into the magical world of wine. Enjoy an atmospheric stroll through the alluring world of wine, the history of the winery and the wine-making process. Visit us and enjoy the wine tasting that we will organize especially for you.

The tour sets off from the vineyards, so that the visitors get the chance to have a direct introduction of unique grape varieties and also to get a first taste of the natural beauties of the land. The winery comes next, where we guide the visitor through the wine-making areas, the aging caves (cellars), the bottling facility and finally to the wine-tasting salon, where the guests taste the wines and our traditional delicacies.

Visit us and enjoy the wine tasting that we will organize especially for you.

FLY FISHING

IN EUROPE'S CLEANEST RIVERS

For the first time in Greece, we offer the opportunity to enjoy fly fishing in the region of Epirus. The rivers of the region are distinguished by their stunning scenery and crystal clear waters, which range from calm to challenging for fly fishing. If you are a beginner and you want to introduce yourself to the art of fly fishing, an experienced guide will teach you the technique and provide you with the necessary equipment. If you are experienced enough we will guide you and give you valuable information for an effective fly fishing in the rivers of our region. The art of fly fishing stems from the endless pleasure and fulfillment that man draws from his direct contact with nature. The ''catch and release '' philosophy, which we fully embrace, is the reason why the hunting of wild trout is such a unique experience.

Neither license nor special equipment is required.

SHEEP WOOL PROCESSING

A JOURNEY IN TIME

Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas, in collaboration with Lena Gerothanasi, located in the beautiful village of Elafotopos, invites you to discover and follow the sheep wool journey from past to present.

The workshop takes you on a tour of the art of wool processing.

During the seminar, we wash the sheep wool, we dry it and lay it down. The participants have then the chance to watch a professional demonstration of the techniques of creating handmade fabrics, such as knitting and weaving on the traditional loom. Finally, we create a jewel with the felt technique, for which tools are not necessary!

Duration: 2-3 hours
Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 12
The seminar is for both young and old.

ROCKS OF METEORA

GET LOST IN THE HISTORY OF A SACRED PLACE

Immense rocks emerge from the flat surface, in one of the most sacred spots in Greece.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience, from Aristi Mountain Resort + Villas to the tops of Meteora through a magical journey into the heart of nature!
An organized daily experience that will fill your mind and soul with memories of a lifetime! A wonderful trip to the highlands of Greece, where you will have the chance to enjoy, admire and learn the history of the Meteora monasteries, nested into the towering cliffs since the 11th century!

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ZAGORI ROAD TRIPS

Meet Zagori and its most beautiful villages

There are two routes to choose from:

A) A visit from Dilofo to Kapesovo
B) Villages of Vitsa, Monodendri & Kipi

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EXCURSION IN ZITSA

Zitsa is the only appellation in the mountainous Epirus region in north-western Greece. It is the sole appellation in the country that deals and with sparkling white wines.

The continental climate and high altitude here mean that this is one of the coolest wine regions in Greece. The high acidity and delicate aromatics of the native Debina grape variety that dominates Zitsa's vineyards are well suited to the growing conditions and to sparkling winemaking.
Debina may be the only officially permitted grape in Zitsa, but it is not the only variety grown in the area. A traditional wine associated with Zitsa is a blended red made from Bekari and Vlachiko grapes, often produced in a sparkling rosé style. The two varieties are also often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce dry, full-bodied table wines.

Total Duration: 5 hours

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EXCURSION IN ZAGORI

If you do not want to drive but prefer to be guided by experienced guides to the most beautiful of Zagorochoria and to visit their beauties with them, you only have to express your wish to us.

Day tours include a visit to Ovires Rogovou in Papigo, Thesi-Oxia at the top of the Vikos ravine, Skala Vradetou, some of the most famous bridges in the area, such as Kokoros bridge, Kalogeriko, Paliogefyro and Sarakatsaniki stable in Skamneli. Also in the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Monodentri, and in the place of Beloi in the village of Vradetto.
During the excursion we will have a pick nick with traditional Zagoris pies, seasonal fruit and sweets.

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COMBINED ACTIVITIES

You can enjoy a wide variety of combined activies, as follows:
1) Walking & Rafting
2) Hiking in Voidomatis Gorge with cooking experience in nature and spa

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