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.

Palace in Limenaria of Thasos

Palace in Limenaria of Thasos The impressive "Palataki," dominates the rocky cape where it stands just at the end of Limenaria harbor. It is a two-storied building, rectangular, with two little towers on its narrow ...

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Imaret

Imaret Imaret, is a big band of the last Ottoman period, a classic example of Islamic architecture, it located on the west side of the peninsula of Panagia (old city). It ...

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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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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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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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Mosque on Doiranis street, Xanthi (Mouchatzir)

Mosque on Doiranis street, Xanthi (Mouchatzir) The mosque is located in the boundaries of the district Mouchatzir (Asa Mahalle), on Doiranis street and consists of the mosque and the house of the Imam. The mosque is ...

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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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Saos Mountain, peak Moon

Saos Mountain, peak Moon Samothrace offers various hiking possibilities. Indicatively: Mountain Saos, peak Moon. From the village of Therma, and in a short distance, the path begins and leads to the highest point ...

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Protected areas – preys' shelters-Municipality of Prosotsani-Preys' shelters

Protected areas – preys' shelters-Municipality of Prosotsani-Preys' shelters The flora that synthesizes high mountain vegetation consists of beech, chestnut, hydrid fir, black pine, cedar, oak, hornbeam, willow, alder, rowan, maple, ash tree, dogwood, wild rose, blueberry etc. Interesting ...

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Petrota

Petrota Petrota is in the northern part of the prefecture of Evros and belongs to the province of Orestiada. The name of the village is comes from the fact that it ...

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Komotini

Komotini Komotini is currently located in the north central plains of the region to a draft of the valley at an altitude of 36 to 48 meters from the sea and ...

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Giannouli

Giannouli The Gianoulis village is located in the heart Evros region and is northwest of Soufli at the distance of about 10 km. There the visitor can see the church of ...

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