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.

Archaeological Museum of Avdira

Archaeological Museum of Avdira The exhibition includes objects found in the ancient city and its cemeteries and covers the period from the 7th century BC till the 12th century AD. Its main objective is ...

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Kale Fortress in Glafki

Kale Fortress in Glafki The Kale Fortress in Glafki, is located in the west of the settlement of Glayki and is a fortress dating back to the late Byzantine era.

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Inscription on the rock in Roussa

Inscription on the rock in Roussa West of Roussa at the foot of the hill of Chilia, stands a monument that indicates the existence of life in the region since the ancient times. The carved drawnings ...

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Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa

Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa Hooked up on the rocks on the south side of Samothrace, at the road to Pachia Ammos Beach, there is the small church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa. The access is ...

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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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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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Recreation Grove of Komotini

Recreation Grove of Komotini The grove of Komotini is the “green lung” of the city and it’s ideal for walking or jogging, biking, and game for children and adults. There are shaped areas with gazebos, tables, ...

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Rapsani

Rapsani For those who can’t leave the city, Rapsani is practically at the centre of it. A municipal beach, organised and awarded with the “blue flag” every year since 2009. There ...

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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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Petrousa

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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Traditional settlement of Perithori

Traditional settlement of Perithori The historic village Perithori is the "Souli of Macedonia" as named for the national struggles of the Greek people. Built on the foothills of a hill, the village has been ...

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Xanthi

Xanthi A land endowed with a thousand natural beauties: the snowy peaks, wooded slopes, breathtaking beaches. Lakes and lagoons, at the boundaries with the prefecture of Rhodope, protected by the International ...

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