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.

Music Hall at Komotini

Music Hall at Komotini The idea to build a large cultural and conference center in Komotini began in the mid of 1980 decade. Finally study commissioned by the famous architect Nikos Valsamaki but construction ...

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Folklore Museum of Xanthi

Folklore Museum of Xanthi First owners of the building were the tobacco tradesmen Athanasios and Pantelis Kougioumtzoglou who used the plans they brought with them from Russia before 1860. Today those plans and designs ...

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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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HOLY TEMPLE OF PANAGIA

HOLY TEMPLE OF PANAGIA The Orthodox Church of the Assumption is located in the historic district of Panagia, within the walls of the peninsula, where half of the residents and families that lived during ...

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Pew of Paul the Apostle

Pew of Paul the Apostle Samothrace was the first European territory that the Apostle Paul was visited. The Pew Apostle Paul is located on the north side of Samothrace in the 7th km of road ...

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Holy Church of Saints Theodoroi

Holy Church of Saints Theodoroi Location: Kato Vrontous. At the southern edge of the municipality Kato Nevrokopi of Drama there is the village of Kato Vrontous. At an altitude of 650m. the village is surrounded ...

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Fanari beach

Fanari beach Fanari and its BEACHES are the leading summer destination in Thrace. Breathtaking BEACHES with sand and well equipped, two Camping, four hotels, hundreds of apartments, taverns, restaurants bars, shops, ...

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Sanative Springs in Thermes

Sanative Springs in Thermes The Sanative Springs are located in the mountainous region of Xanthi prefecture, just 42 km from the city of Xanthi. The geothermal field that exists in the region creates hot ...

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Nymphea Settlement

Nymphea Settlement Nymphea is a mountain village (alt. 550 m) and it’s located in Rhodope, 18 km north of Komotini. All the houses in Nymphea are stone coated and have wooden ...

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Samothraki

Samothraki Samothraki, island of the Great GodsThe name Samothraki derives from the prohellenic word ‘samos’, meaning altitude and ‘Thrace’ and translates as High Thraki.Samothraki is a place of exceptional natural beauty ...

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Village of Dadia

Village of Dadia Dadia is in the middle of the Evros Prefecture, 14 km from the city of Soufli. In the village of Dadia, there is a monastery and the old church ...

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