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.

Natural History Museum of Alexandroupolis

Natural History Museum of Alexandroupolis In a distance of about 2 mm east of the city of Alexandroupoli, in Platanotopos of the stream Maistrou is the Museum of Natural History. This is a modern and ...

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Castle of Kavala

Castle of Kavala The castle of Kavala is at the top of the peninsula where the old city is built. During Byzantine times and after them successive reconstructions and interventions in the fortification ...

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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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Old Temenos, Eski Mosque

Old Temenos, Eski Mosque The large mosque was founded, according to the testimony of the Ottoman traveler Evliyia Tselebi of 17th century, in 1608/9, while an inscription testifies repairs during the year 1677-1678. The ...

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Baptistery of St. Lydia

Baptistery of St. Lydia Located 15 km from the city of Kavala and next to the archaeological site of Philippi. There, in the river Zygakti is the point where the Apostle Paul baptized the ...

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Erasmio beach

Erasmio beach Those who do not like the crowded places, should prefer the Erasmio beach. The beach of Erasmio can be combined with a visit to the neighboring riparian forest of the ...

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Skala Sotiros

Skala Sotiros At Skala Sotiros there is a long beach with shallow clear waters. Besides, the village itself is a marvellous colourful place, due to the huge plane trees and the fountains ...

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Beach of Oxia

Beach of Oxia Source: http://thassos.gr

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Kavala

Kavala Between the rivers Struma and Mesta, embraced by Mount Pangeo, the plain of Philippi and mountains of “Lekani”, next to an endless coastline, the prefecture of Kavala has a creative ...

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Hannah - Baths Traianoupolis

Hannah - Baths Traianoupolis In Traianoupolis, near the town founded by Emperor Trajan is located the village Baths, which is famous for its thermal baths. The Baths are located 16 km northeast of Alexandroupolis. ...

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Therma

Therma One of the most visited villages where one can enjoy a hot path in the sanative springs, visit the church of Christ, hike to the Gria Vathra and bathe in ...

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