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.

Byzantine Castle Kale of Didymoticho

Byzantine Castle Kale of Didymoticho The castle of Didymoticho, or as it is called by locals "Kale", dominates a rocky hill 107m., on the left shore of Erythropotamos. The district saves traces of human presence ...

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The Old Heroon

The Old Heroon It’s Located in the small park opposite the Archaeological Museum. It is the work of the talented local sculptor Peter Moschidis made of solid marble in 1930. Two large ...

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Anaktoropolis

Anaktoropolis Located in the area of New Peramos, built on the place of ancient Oisymi. Anaktoropolis (New Peramos) has fortified enclosure that occupies the top and a portion of the slope ...

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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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Holy Monastery of the Dormition of Holy Mary in Maries

Holy Monastery of the Dormition of Holy Mary in Maries We have not written testimony for the first building of the Church of Holy Mary, in its current location, before 1813. Also, we do not know if this church was ...

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HOLY TEMPLE OF AGIOS ATHANASIOS

HOLY TEMPLE OF AGIOS ATHANASIOS It is the third oldest temple after the Holy Church of Timiou Prodromou and Koimiseos Theotokou in Kavala, built on the east end of the city, in a sloping and ...

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San Antonio Beach

San Antonio Beach Just ouside of Potos, you will find the famous San Antonio beach. It is an organized large and wide beach which has shallow waters. It is perfect for children. You ...

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Virgin Forest

Virgin Forest The presence of significant mountains and forests make up the rich natural environment of the prefecture of Drama. The mountain is located in the central and northern part of it ...

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Kamariotissa

Kamariotissa The port of Samothraki is in Kamariotisa. Here you can visit the lake of Saint Andrew, the Church of Kamariotisa where there is the image of Holy Mary of Kamariotisa. ...

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Kallithea

Kallithea On the slopes of Menikio mountain at an altitude of 480m and 19 km away from Drama there is the village Kallithea which fully justifies its name, thanks to the ...

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Nymphea Settlement

Nymphea Settlement Nymphea is a mountain village (alt. 550 m) and it’s located in Rhodope, 18 km north of Komotini. All the houses in Nymphea are stone coated and have wooden ...

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