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.

Memorial of Missing Greek Cypriots

Memorial of Missing Greek Cypriots As a tribute to the Cypriot Struggle, the Municipality Abdera provided a place to the Association of Cypriot of Xanthi, which created the "Grove of the Missing." The creation of ...

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Building at 10 Venizelos Street

Building at 10 Venizelos Street The building at 10 Venizelos Street, property of the family Theologos - together with the surroundings of its plot - is a declared historical monument and artwork that needs special ...

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Fortification of Aggitis

Fortification of Aggitis At the top of the hill above the cave of Maara, a fortification was built in the late Roman or Byzantine times. In several places the height reaches from 1 ...

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Holy Church of Entrance of Holy Mary

Holy Church of Entrance of Holy Mary The building that dominates in village and impose strongly its presence is the church with its famous stone belfry. It is dedicated to the entrance of Holy Mary and the ...

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Church of St. Nicholas Patagi

Church of St. Nicholas Patagi The initial phase of the temple should probably be placed at the end of the 17th and early 18th century. It is a small church that follows the formula of ...

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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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The bridges in area Oreo - Dimario

The bridges in area Oreo - Dimario The bridge of Stamatis is a beautiful stone bridge near the village that probably took its name from the master builder Stamatis who made it. The bridge of Papas took ...

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Strait of Nestos

Strait of Nestos Nestos remains until today the pride of the northeastern Greece for his ecological value, the rare and beautiful natural environment. The forest - aquatic ecosystem of the river is of ...

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Geopark and Fossilised Forest of Fylakto

Geopark and Fossilised Forest of Fylakto In the region have been dating petrified trees which date back to years, that the human minds find it dificult to travel.Pieces of logs are found scattered in many parts ...

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Petrousa It is located 14 km northwest of Drama, on the southern outskirts of Falakro, at the edge of the homonymous canyon (Canyon of Petrousas). It is a town with developed ...

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Thermes Settlement

Thermes Settlement The settlement is situated about 40 km from the city of Xanthi in a mountainous terrain. It has about 1200 inhabitants, whose main occupation is agriculture activities and livestock. Thermes ...

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Doxato It lies on the road of Drama - Kavala at a distance of 10 and 25 km respectively.The settlement of Doxato is an interesting example of the application of innovative ...

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