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.


MULTIPLEX SPACE OF ART & THOUGHT The building known as the garrison headquarter of Xanthi, is located in the Old Town of Xanthi and is described as a piece of art and as a historical monument. ...

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Halil Bey Mosque (Old Music)

Halil Bey Mosque (Old Music) The complex Halil Bey includes the homonymous mosque of the 16th century, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica, and the madrassa (sacred teaching). The 8 rooms of ...

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The Fortress

The Fortress The Acropolis of Kavala, built around the first quarter of 15th century, stands at the top of Panagia peninsula where the old town is situated. It was built on the ...

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Monastery of the Ascension of Christ

Monastery of the Ascension of Christ In the settlement of Taxiarches in Drama (Sipsas) the first "settler" in the year 1930 was Father George Karslidis (1901-1959), who acquired the reputation of a holy man. Today on ...

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Holy Monastery of Holy Mary Kalamous

Holy Monastery of Holy Mary Kalamous The monastery is situated north of Xanthi in a gorge that has an altitude difference of 170meters from the area the area. The name of the monastery comes from the ...

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Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Christ

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Christ The settlement of Prasinada is located northeast of the prefecture of Drama 58 kilometers far away from it, in the triangle of Paranesti (Paranesti-Prasinada 19 km). It is built on ...

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Protected areas – preys' shelters -MUMICIPALITY OF DRAMA - Natura area 2000: Peaks of Mountain Falakro

Protected areas – preys' shelters -MUMICIPALITY OF DRAMA - Natura area 2000: Peaks of Mountain Falakro The special geological substratum, combined with climatic, soil and topographic conditions, created a significant variety of habitats with special botanical interest. Thus the mountain Falakro collects many, rare for Greece, ...

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Glyfada Beach

Glyfada Beach Glifada beach is a small beautiful beach which has shallow clean waters. It is quiet and is suitable for relaxing and peaceful moments. Very nice for swim and sunbathing!

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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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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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Kotronia The village of Kotronia is located 15 km southwest of Soufli. In the village have been found evidence for the existence of life in the Iron Age, thus in this ...

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Kazavitia Kazavitia, is perhaps the most picturesque villages of Thassos. With this name we now call the Little and Big Prinos, two beautiful and traditional mountain-villages at a height of 350 ...

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