In the mountainous paradise of Greece, a group of villages of unique beauty called Zagori, are spread over the heart of Epirus, at the Northwest part of the country.
An enchanting natural landscape embraces 46 villages of incomparable beauty, history and tradition. Here, the grandeur of nature is revealed through rivers and mountains, dense forests, high mountain tops, alpine lakes, gorges, ornate bridges, trees, plants, animals and birds that have existed in harmony for centuries in the region.
The name 'Zagori" is of Slavic origin and means "Behind the mountain" implying the area behind Mt. Mitsikeli on the North of Ioannina City. The area thrived economically and culturally for centuries, duringin the Ottoman Rule. However, after the death of Ali Pasha in 1822 and the abolition of its privileges in 1868, Zagori fell into decline. Moreover, the wars of the 20th Century caused serious damages to the region.
Zagori is divided geographically into three sections: Western, Eastern and Central Zagori
The picturesque villages are built amphitheatrically on the surrounding mountain range of Tymfe, Pindos and Mitsikeli.
The natural scenery is magnificent and ideal for a variety of activities.Local architecture is dominated by stone and wood .
One 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 breathtaking views of the Vikos gorge.
Zagori offers unlimited possibilities for excursions and all kind of outdoor activities that will give you unforgettable experiences.
The imposing peak of Astraka and the mythical Drakolimni lake are a unique hiking destination. On the other side one can try a shorter, classic hiking trail: from the bridge of Kleidonia to the bridge of Papingo, crossing the Voidomatis river Gorge.
In Voidomatis River onecan enjoy an unforgettable rafting experience or trout fishing. In the river's last permitted area.
Skiing in the snowed hillside of Mt. Vasilitsa, Jeep safari excursions, horse riding, hiking the "Skala (Steps) of Vradeto", an impressive 200 years old cobbled path, or mountain biking, bow and arrow shooting or climbing the Tymphe rocks are just some of the experiences one can savor and enjoy in the region.
Aristi is a village in the Western Zagori and is one of the most famous of the entire Zagori area. Built at a height of 650m above sea level, it is known for its scenic views and rich nature. Aristi is 48kms far from the city of Ioannina.
One of 46 villages in Zagori, it is ideally situated for a visit to the Vikos and Aoos gorges, the Voidomatis river and the villages of Papingo, Ano Pedina, Dilofo, Monodendri, Bourazani and the Mastorochoria group of villages in Konitsa area.
While exploring the village of Aristi, apart from the excellent architecture you will be impressed by the imposing church, the picturesque cobbled streets, the old fauntain and the traditional coffee house at the main square of the village.
Remains of the Paleolithic period have also been found near the village.at the banks of Voidomatis River
Half an hour away by car from the city of Ioannina, the hotel is the appropriate starting point for a visit to the Castle, the Archaeological Museum and the Old City of Ioannina, the ancient Theatre of Dodona and the beautiful Byzantine churches of the area.
Within a day-trip distance is the old city of Gjirokaster and the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, the only UNESCO World Heritage in Albania, located on the seaside opposite the coastline of Corfu.