Rodopi's Western part is the largest and by far the most wild area of the mountain range. The unique Virgin Forest of Frakto, Elatia Forest, Silver Birch Forest, North Greece's longest footpath into the wild, the famous Stravorema with it's flat meanders, hundreds of mushroom species and more can be found here. Rodopi's highest peak at 1950m, Thermia hotsprings and numerous old stone bridges. The famous VFT Running Contest runs through West Rodopi, of which the longest route stretches out to 160km in the wild!
Guest House Dryades. Situated at the last but one village before the forest, Sidironero, offers handmade jam for breakfast and an untold view to Falakro Mountain. Fast access to Elatia Forest. +30 6932291396, www.dryades-elatia.gr.
Hotel Elatia. Located in the Forest of Elatia, where a proper asphalt road leads, is the fastest access to the vast area of Elatia and the Birch Forest. In summer 2014 the hotel was not operating, however we've been told that it might function again. Pay them a call at +30 25210 91300-301. www.elatiahotel.gr.
Elatia Forest Village. These are the facilities of the Drama Forest Administration. Numerous rooms, a restaurant and even a small church populate the large area of the Forest Village. However, it might be difficult to get a permission to overnight there since the latter years the condition of the buildings is worsening. Call them at: +30 25210 57821
Vasilis Katsoulis. Based in Kavala Vasilis is a very experienced Mountain Leader - River Guide. Walking, rafting, climbing, canyoning, mountainbiking with Vasilis is adventurous and fun! +30 6946150116, www.mountainleadergreece.com.
Forestis. Right beside river Nestos in Paranesti, at Forestis you can do canoe-kayak, climbing, archery, rafting, mtb tours and more. +30 6947825551, www.forestis.gr.
Riverland. Base in Stavroupoli and Toxotes, Riverland also organizes canoe-kayak, rafting, archery, mtb tours and more. +30 25410 62488, www.riverland.gr.
North Star Enduro Touring. This team organizes enduro rides in the wild, ranging from easy riding up to "madness" extreme riding levels. +30 6937014584, www.enduro-touring.gr.