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.

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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Folklore Museum of Stavroupoli

Folklore Museum of Stavroupoli The Folklore Museum of Stavroupolis housed in the old building of Taxation Tobacco and founded from private initiative by Stavros Karampatzakis. Exhibits of the museum include traditional costumes, objects of ...

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Achrian Mosque of Xanthi

Achrian Mosque of Xanthi The mosque is located in the Old City, in the present district of the Acropolis or Achrian Mahallesi (Ahrian Mahalle). The mosque is a single aisle space and it was ...

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Armenian Church of Saint George (Surp Kevork) of Palaiokastritou

Armenian Church of Saint George (Surp Kevork) of Palaiokastritou The temple is located on the northwestern edge of the fortified hill in the area that had kept the name "Palio". In the Church of Saint George Palaiokastritou, where in ...

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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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Karatza lagoon

Karatza lagoon It is a small lagoon with salt marshes and a narrow coastal sandy beach. It’s surrounded by bare, partially cultivated hills with small islands and flat muddy land. The fishing ...

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Forest of Ipsario

Forest of Ipsario In the Thassos island there is the important forest Icarus, an area with rare flora and rare beauty. The main feature of the region is the presence of a very ...

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Xylagani Village

Xylagani Village Xylagani is a large village in the prefecture of Rhodope. The area is rural with large irrigated plains of crops, which most of them are cotton and grains crops. It ...

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Echinos This mountainous town is the center of Muslim Pomaks where mosques, houses, huts, workshops, warehouses and shops are reserved as remnants of an authentic old traditional environment. Special characteristic is ...

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