Traveler's Guide

East Macedonia & Thrace

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Region of East Macedonia & Thrace

The Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace occupies the northeastern part of Greece. It borders with Turkey easterly, Bulgaria northern and with the Regional Unit of Serres westerly. Southwest is washed by the Aegean Sea and southeast by the Thracian Sea. It includes the Regional Unities: Drama, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Evros.

It has a total area of 14.157 thousand hectares and covers the 10.7% of the total area of the country.

Also includes two major islands of Thracian Sea, Thassos and Samothrace. 

Crossroad of major sea and land routes by which, for thousands of years, are moving people and goods, ideas and habits to and from the four cardinal points: from the Black Sea and Asia to Western Europe and from North Europe and the Balkans to the Mediterranean and North Africa.

The traces of its history, that start from the Paleolithic season and arrive to our days, are everywhere: caves, rock paintings, forts, temples, theaters, citadels, mines, graves, tumuli, marble quarries, Christian monuments, monasteries and holy places , aqueducts, Islamic monuments, traditional villages, Megara, mansions, tobacco warehouses.

The Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, during the ancient times, was covered by forests at the rate of about 80%, but today this percentage has limited to 55% per area. In its extent there are trackless forests, virgin nature, high mountains, rich flora and fauna, large rivers, lakes and lagoons and an endless coastline with clear blue waters and friendly beaches.

The region is a place of music, dance, feast and ritual. Dionysus and Orpheus never left from this earth. The reversals of nature (winter, spring, etc.) give an opportunity for reversals of another class: masquerading and walking over fires, and outspoken sprees, kidnappings and robberies, all in the context of ritual.

Castle or fort of Gimbrena

Castle or fort of Gimbrena The castle or fortr of Gkimprena (walls and half-ruined churches) with an altitude of 600 meters, is a major untapped archaeological site. Currently at the top of the powerful ruined ...

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Roman portico in Agios Charalambos, Maroneia

Roman portico in Agios Charalambos, Maroneia At the end of the road leading from Maroneia the port of Agios Charalambos, is located a monumental Roman marble portico built in the area. This portico was leading to ...

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Municipal Museum Polygnotou Vagi

Municipal Museum Polygnotou Vagi The Municipal Museum of Polygnotos Vagi works in Potamia of Thassos by August 1981 and is dedicated to the life and works of sculptor Polygnotos Vagi, who came from there. ...

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Church of Panagia in Therapio Orestiadas

Church of Panagia in Therapio Orestiadas Therapio is a village in the northern part of Evros, near the Bulgarian border. It is located there the Holy Church of the Assumption and erected in 1895. A three-aisled ...

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Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis

Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis Holy Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis located 10 km from the city of Kavala. Honor of the St. and great Hierarch was built Temple here, which is ...

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Panagia Kosmosotira in Feres

Panagia Kosmosotira in Feres The monastery of Panagia Kosmosoteira (Our Lady, Saviour of the World) includes a fortress wall (with towers and a gate) and a catholicon (main church) in the type of the ...

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Diurnal and Nocturnal birds of prey Park

Diurnal and Nocturnal birds of prey Park The Park of Raptor diurnal and nocturnal birds is located in the market of Drama in a beautiful natural environment. In the Park visitors have the opportunity to see spectacular ...

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Mandra beach

Mandra beach It is approximately 6km. away from the village of Mandra and 25km. of the city of Xanthi. To the east are lying the lagoons “Lafri” and “Lafrouda”, creating a single ...

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Beaches of Chili

Beaches of Chili Just outside Alexandroupoli, the visitor can find the settlement of Chili, where they can find many remarkable sandy beaches, such as Delfini, Kokkina Vraxia and Kalamaki, where operate beach ...

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City of Samothrace

City of Samothrace The City of Samothraki is located 6 km away from the port of Kamariotisa to the interior of the island. It was built in the 16th century AD, amphitheatrically at ...

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Porto lagos Settlement

Porto lagos Settlement Porto Lagos is a quaint fishing village 26 km from Xanthi. It has a port that serves the trade of Xanthi’s Prefecture, with the capacity of many fishing boats (both ...

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Didymoteicho

Didymoteicho Didymoteicho is a town in Western Thrace and capital of the homonymous province of Evros. It is located 85 km away from Alexandroupoli and 2 km away from the Greek ...

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