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 Oil Press in Holy Mary of Thasos

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Thirea's burial tomb

Thirea's burial tomb The burial mound of Thirea islocated in the 8th kilometer of national road of Didymoteicho - Orestiada between Thireas and Asimenio villages. This is one of the largest mounds in ...

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Museum of Children's Art Oikoumeni

Museum of Children's Art Oikoumeni The children"s art museum "Oikoumeni" is located in the area Sydini of Xanthi and presents periodic reports of ideas from the rich collection of the Academy of Children"s Art. The ...

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Church of St. George

Church of St. George The church of St. George basilica located in the center of the second largest district of the Greek Christians of Komotini in the Ottoman period. _x000D_Around the church have survived ...

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Church of the Archangels

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Kalogeriko

Kalogeriko The "Kalogeriko" as it prevailed eventually to be called by locals, is the monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, which was built in the second half of the 19th century ...

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Preys' shelters-Municipality of Prosotsani

Preys' shelters-Municipality of Prosotsani 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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Waterfalls of Paranesti's area

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Traditional Settlement of Castle- Gennas Lake (Birth lake)

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Kavala

Kavala Kavala due to its geographical position (using a large natural harbor, unique from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupolis, the dynamics of the hinterland of Eastern Macedonia and always dominant position in the ...

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Samothraki

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Kotronia

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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