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.

Ethnological Museum of Alexandroupolis

Ethnological Museum of Alexandroupolis The Ethnological Museum of Thrace was established to preserve historical memory in the wider geographical region of Thrace. Housed in a stone mansion built in 1899, in Alexandroupolis, on 14 ...

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History and Folklore Museum of Avdira

History and Folklore Museum of Avdira The Folklore Museum of Avdira is housed in the renovated neoclassical building of the old school of Avdira and dates from 1860. The location of the museum, in conjunction with ...

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New Temenos (Yeni Mosque)

New Temenos (Yeni Mosque) The mosque was founded in the late 16th century (1585) by master Ahmet who was head of the financial department of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Sultan Murad ...

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Church of saint Triada in Polystylo, Kavala

Church of saint Triada in Polystylo, Kavala The Saint Triada (Holy Trinity) Church is located in Polystylo of Kavala Prefecture, 10 km from the city of Kavala. Inside the church there are the relics of Saints Five ...

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Holy Church of Saint Paraskevi

Holy Church of Saint Paraskevi Location: Kallithea. In the stream that passes south of the village there is the church of Saint Paraskevi. The tradition says that Marco Gikas dreamed many times of the Holy, ...

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Information Center Lake Vistonidas

Information Center Lake Vistonidas On the route Xanthi-Porto Lagos and 2 km west from Porto Lagos, in New Kessani, is located the Information Center Lake of Vistonida. Open from mid-1998 and is staffed with ...

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Alyki lagoon

Alyki lagoon Alyki is a shallow coastal lagoon located between the lagoons of Ptelea and Karatzas. It’s surrounded by large salt marshes and coastal dunes, where there are no reeds nor marshes ...

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Chrysi Akti

Chrysi Akti Perhaps one of the most famous, and very close to the island’s capital, Limenas, is the beach of the Golden Beach! It is located between the villages Skala Potamia and ...

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Iasmos

Iasmos Iasmos is one of the oldest towns in Thrace built at the foothills of the Rhodopes mountain and the cove of Lake Vistonidas. The tradition has it that Iasmiotes are ...

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Evros

Evros In the northeastern part of Greece, the Regional Unit Ebro is named after the river that originates in neighboring Bulgaria and forms the natural border between Greece and Turkey. This ...

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Sidironero

Sidironero Sidironero is built at an altitude of 630 m and is 45 km far from Drama. Is built in a green environment in the lap of dense Rodopi Mountains and ...

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