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.

Ruins of the Byzantine city of Gratianos

Ruins of the Byzantine city of Gratianos In Gratini, the ruins of the Byzantine city, that after the destruction of Mosynoupoli the 14th century, were the most important center of the region. It’s situated near the village ...

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Castle in Pythion

Castle in Pythion The Castle in Pythio (of the Byzantine Empythio) is located 16 km north of Didymoteicho, near the railway bridge, which enters from the Greek to the Turkish ground. It was ...

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Jewish monument of Komotini

Jewish monument of Komotini The monument was constructed in the mid-2000s and placed in the grove of Santa Paraskevi in the city center. The intention of the Municipality was to honor the approximately 1350 ...

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Church of Saint Nicholas in Eleutheroupoli

Church of Saint Nicholas in Eleutheroupoli The Church of Saint Nicholas, was built on the foundations of the post-Christian basilica (6th c.), which was probably dedicated to Saint Mena. The former church of Saint Nicholas (1759) ...

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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

Church of the Archangels The church is situated at the junction of Evripidou and Orpheus streets, it is a three-aisled basilica church with a wooden roof, inserted in 1966.The monastery is located northwest of ...

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Flora

Flora Στο νομό Δράμας κυρίαρχο στοιχείο στη φυσιογνωμία της περιοχής είναι το φυσικό περιβάλλον με τους μοναδικούς βιότοπους και τα εντυπωσιακά δασικά τοπία, τα οποία και αποτελούν σημεία αναφοράς για κάθε ...

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Giola

Giola Source: http://thassos.gr

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Cave of Saints Theodoroi

Cave of Saints Theodoroi The small church of St. Theodore is modulated inside the cave of Zonaio mountain. The surviving wall painting seems to cover several years, but especially two phases are distinguished, belonging ...

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Kavala

Kavala Between the rivers Struma and Mesta, embraced by Mount Pangeo, the plain of Philippi and mountains of “Lekani”, next to an endless coastline, the prefecture of Kavala has a creative ...

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Traditional Settlement of Eleftheroupoli

Traditional Settlement of Eleftheroupoli Magical itineraries start from Eleftheroupoli to semi-mountainous or mountainous villages that embrace nature with all its splendour. There, one comes across samples of traditional architecture.Eleftheroupoli, Nikissiani, Paleochori, Moustheni, Messoropi, Podochori and Avli are well preserved ...

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Adriani

Adriani Adriani is a vibrant village with friendly inhabitants, 11km away from the city of Drama, at an altidute of 160m. Adriani has suitable soil for growing grapes, so here there ...

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