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.

Traditional Settlement of Castle- Gennas Lake (Birth lake)

Traditional Settlement of Castle- Gennas Lake (Birth lake) The Castle is the oldest settlement on the island an is located 12klm. northeast of Limenaria and at 500m altitude. The name was taken from the ruins of the ...

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Antisara

Antisara Antisara was an ancient city (perhaps older than Kavala) at the location of today Kalamitsa (west entrance to Kavala city). From Antisara all that"s left is a part of its ...

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Museum of Folk Costume of the Lyceum of Greek Women

Museum of Folk Costume of the Lyceum of Greek Women The Museum of Traditional costume founded in 2009 is housed in a restored traditional building beautiful architecture with neoclassical decoration, which housed the Lyceum of Greek Women Xanthi, Annex Athens. ...

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Achrian Mosque of Xanthi

Achrian Mosque of Xanthi The mosque is located in the Old City, in the present district of the Acropolis or Achrian Mahallesi (Ahrian Mahalle). The mosque is a single aisle space and it was ...

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Pew of Paul the Apostle

Pew of Paul the Apostle Samothrace was the first European territory that the Apostle Paul was visited. The Pew Apostle Paul is located on the north side of Samothrace in the 7th km of road ...

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Holy Monastery of Dormition of Holy Mary

Holy Monastery of Dormition of Holy Mary It belongs to the Bishopric of Alexandoupoli. It is located in the coastal area of Makri, five kilometers away from it. It is established in 1978 by the then Bishop ...

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Ismaros Mountain

Ismaros Mountain The Mount Ismaros has an altitude of 700 meters and at its foot is built the settlement of Maronia. In the area there is the Wildlife Refuge - "Reforestation Area ...

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Papikio Mountain

Papikio Mountain It is a habitat “Corine” under the code A00020009. It is mainly a forested mountain except the areas close to the Bulgarian border. Its Residents are mostly herders, who maintain ...

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Mesi beach

Mesi beach Three miles east of Fanari is located the beautiful Mesi beach next to the natural vivarium of Karatzas lake. There is also created in that place,a holiday village with permanent ...

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Traditional Settlement of Eleftheroupoli

Traditional Settlement of Eleftheroupoli Magical itineraries start from Eleftheroupoli to semi-mountainous or mountainous villages that embrace nature with all its splendour. There, one comes across samples of traditional architecture.Eleftheroupoli, Nikissiani, Paleochori, Moustheni, Messoropi, Podochori and Avli are well preserved ...

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Petrota

Petrota Petrota is in the northern part of the prefecture of Evros and belongs to the province of Orestiada. The name of the village is comes from the fact that it ...

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Xiropotamos

Xiropotamos Xiropotamos is amphitheatrically built on the foothills of Mount falakro, about 7 km away from the town of Drama, at an altitude of 260 meters.Traditionally, inhabitants occupied themselves with agriculture ...

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