Can a path change the life of both a man and a landscape? It didn’t take but a detour during a hiking trip, in September 1999, in the green-clad gorge of Anthohori – a magical spot in the heart of the mountain, a mere 4.5 kms from the lake of Plastira – in order for the page of a special story of hospitality to be written. When he laid eyes on the small wooden lodge reveal itself through the mist among the fir trees, the walnut trees and the oak trees, Christos Athanasiadis, a keen hiker and mountain lover, knew he had found the retreat of his dreams. Little did he imagine though that this would be the start of an exciting adventure! Here, in candlelight, in the company of the sounds of the running water and the smells of the forest, he experienced some of the most beautiful moments of his life either all by himself in the mountain or together with his loved ones. In this unique place, in the pristine forest, he longed to share these moments of deep relaxation, rebirth and contact with nature with even more people. So, with his friend Dimitris Panagopoulos they began designing Montanema Handmade Village. Stone by stone, a dream came true and a completely handmade village of hospitality was born, where love for nature and art, a taste for tradition ,an ecological conscience along with an authentic hospitality make sense.