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Outdoor adventures and the famous North Face Zagori Mountain Run at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Greece

Outdoor adventures at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Greece
Situated in west Zagori, Epirus in north-western Greece, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is not only home to luxurious accommodation, but a wild and rugged landscape - a perfect playground for adventure seekers. Nestled in a world-class national park teeming with wildlife, untouched nature and idyllic enclaves, the property is the perfect base to experience everything Zagori has to offer.

The plunging Gorge of Vikos and enchanting Towers of Astraka are punctuated by the crystal clear Voidomatis River, an ideal backdrop for a host of exciting outdoor pursuits including rafting, cannoning, horse-riding and mountain biking. Hardly on the tourist radar, Zagori is currently under consideration for the UNESCO world heritage list and is also home to The Zagori Mountain Run, sponsored by outdoor adventure brand ‘North Face’.  The North Face Zagori Mountain Running was awarded the Tourism Awards 2015 Silver Award in the category “sports tourism”, making the event one of the most important in Greece.  

A hidden gem and one of National Geographic`s Unique Lodges of the World, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas boasts three 2-storey villas in addition to 24 beautiful rooms and suites. Nominated in the 2015 World Luxury Awards and awarded Excellence in Customer Service Gold award at The Greek Tourism Awards 2015 the property offers ultra-personalised and once in-a-lifetime experiences.  

The North Face Zagori Mountain Run
Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is perfectly located merely 15 minutes from The North Face Zagori Mountain Run, this year taking place on the 22nd – 24th  July. Featuring a gentle 10km race, a 21km Semi-Marathon, a 42km Mountain Marathon, the race gives athletes and nature lovers from all over the world the opportunity to test their endurance in the picturesque but challenging landscapes of Tymfi and Zagori. Participants will cross the unique Vikos-Aoos National Park, a protected area of natural wealth, and enjoy the distinctive beauty of the Vikos gorge, Tymfi’s mountain range and beautiful rivers. In ideal proximity, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas offers guests an opportunity to view the thrilling race, access to pre-train in the Zagori region and relax in its luxurious accommodation and spa. The North Face Zagori Mountain Running has grown from a “simple” marathon, to what is now the highlight of mountain running in Greece.  

Outdoor Activities
Nestled amongst the incredible Pindus Mountains, the resort is a doorway to an amazing selection of other outdoor activities and recreational sports. Together with adventure organisations Trekking Hellas and Alpine Zone (both also members of the Zagori Excellence Network (ZEN) - Greece`s leading network in mountain tourism) the offering is elite, from Kayaking in the Voidomatis River to Canyoning and Hand Gliding and excursions to the Gamila Mountain Peaks and the Drakolimni Lake. Guests at the property are also encouraged to explore the region through jeep safari excursions, horse riding, mountain biking, archery or climbing the Tymphe rocks.  

The imposing rock towers of Astraka and the mythical Drakolimni Lake are also unique Hiking destinations. Less experienced hikers can also try a shorter, classic trail: from the bridge of Kleidonia to the bridge of Papingo, crossing the Voidomatis River Gorge. During these hikes, 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 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.  

Fly Fishing
Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is also the only property in Greece to offer guests the chance to participant in the art of fly fishing. The fertile rivers of Epirus combine with outstandingly clear waters and stunning scenery to make this an unforgettable experience. The property caters for both beginner and experienced fly fishermen, with technical lessons and local guidance from an expert in addition to all equipment being supplied.  

In contrast to the adrenaline filled adventures outside, Aristi Mountain Resort offers a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity inside the spa area. Take a moment to enjoy the calm waters of the pool in a light and airy atmosphere, with views out across the woodlands. Try a personalised massage in the heart of nature and with a sauna and Jacuzzi to complete the wellness offering, the spa is the ideal place to recharge after an action filled day.  

Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas offers nightly rates in a double superior room on a B&B basis from £115 based on 2 people sharing. Over the course of The North Face Zagori Mountain Run, the property is offering rooms from £85 per night on a B&B basis with full access to the spa and facilities, 10% discount at the restaurant. Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is easily accessible by car from Thessaloniki Airport (317km) and is a founding member of the Zagori Excellence Network.

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