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.

Sanctuary of Dionysus

Sanctuary of Dionysus Of particular interest is the existence at Kali Vrysi of Drama the building of early Hellenistic period, preserved in good condition. The area is rich in antiquities from prehistoric to ...

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The Tekes Kioutouklou Baba

The Tekes Kioutouklou Baba The Tekes Kioutouklou Baba is an Ottoman tomb, which is estimated to date back from the 15th to 16th century. The monument is located on the western shore of Vistonida ...

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Monastery of Ypapanti in old Chortokopi Village

Monastery of Ypapanti in old Chortokopi Village The Ypapanti Monastery is located in the old village of Chortokopi (25 km from the city of Kavala). The monastery is Old Calendarist and belongs to the Diocese of Eleftheroupolis.

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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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Servili Mosque

Servili Mosque The mosque is located in the district of “Asia” (Asa Mahalle), on Skra street, no.20. The monument is a square building, with pitched roof. The prayer room is a ...

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Kagkeles beach

Kagkeles beach Kagkeles is a beach with pebbles and a view to Samothrace. In 2007 there was created in the site, a modern agrotourism center cafeteria. The crowd gathers to cool off ...

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Menoikio mountain

Menoikio mountain An important massif of the refecture of Drama is Menoikio Mountain, which is located on the western edge of the prefecture and is basically the southward sequel of Falakro. Its ...

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Volakas

Volakas Built in a cavity formed between the masses of Falakro Mountain at an altitude of 830 meters, Volakas is 35.5km away from Drama and 24km away from Nevrokopi. The village ...

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Feres

Feres Feres is located in the northeast of Alexandroupolis, at 28 kilometers distance, and very close to the Evros Delta. In the town center there is the Byzantine church of Panagia ...

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Thasos

Thasos Thasos the emerald isle. The poet Archilochos, who came from Paros with his countrymen to try and gain an insight into Thasos, wrote about the island: “And then we saw ...

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