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.

Ruins of the Byzantine city of Gratianos

Ruins of the Byzantine city of Gratianos In Gratini, the ruins of the Byzantine city, that after the destruction of Mosynoupoli the 14th century, were the most important center of the region. It’s situated near the village ...

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Ancient Plotinoupoli

Ancient Plotinoupoli The hill of Agia Petra in south-eastern side of Didymoteicho has been largely associated with the Roman Plotinopoli. The city was founded by the Roman emperor Trajan, named in honor ...

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Archaeological Museum of Thassos

Archaeological Museum of Thassos The Archaeological Museum in the port of Thassos, is a small but well organized museum that takes you step - step in the long history of the island. Significant findings ...

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Monastery of Archangel Thassos

Monastery of Archangel Thassos The Nunnery of Archangelos Michael is the greatest and most famous monastery of Thassos and is an important pilgrimage. It is built on the edge of a cliff near the ...

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Tekes of Kizil Deli

Tekes of Kizil Deli The Tekes of Segit Ali Sultan, known also as Tekes of Kizil Deli or Tekes of Roussa is located 3 km outside the village Roussa (Turkish: Ruşenler, Rousenler), inhabited mostly ...

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Church of St. Nicholas Patagi

Church of St. Nicholas Patagi The initial phase of the temple should probably be placed at the end of the 17th and early 18th century. It is a small church that follows the formula of ...

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Pahis

Pahis Τhe beach of Pachis is a long and narrow sandy beach in the most northern point of the island. It is 600 meters of fine, thin and white sand and ...

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Sanative Springs in Potamia

Sanative Springs in Potamia The Sanative Spring in Potamia (New Kessani) are located at the 20th km of the highway Xanthi - Komotini, in the municipality of Abdera, and operate from June to October. ...

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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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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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Xanthi

Xanthi Xanthi, a town that perches at Rhodope"s arms, first on the road and railroad way that connects Thessaloniki with Evros and Constantinople. Capital of the prefecture, with ancient descent and ...

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Traditional settlement of Perithori

Traditional settlement of Perithori The historic village Perithori is the "Souli of Macedonia" as named for the national struggles of the Greek people. Built on the foothills of a hill, the village has been ...

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