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.

Tower of Apollonia

Tower of Apollonia It is stands out with his height and the contemplation offered to the sea. It was built on the spot where Thasians settlers had built the city of Apollonia, the ...

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Building at Kouloglou and Seferi Streets

Building at Kouloglou and Seferi Streets The building at Kouloglou and Seferi Streets, property of the Municipality of Komotini, together with the surroundings of its plot, are declared historical monument and artwork that needs special government ...

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Tekes of Kizil Deli

Tekes of Kizil Deli The Tekes of Segit Ali Sultan, known also as Tekes of Kizil Deli or Tekes of Roussa is located 3 km outside the village Roussa (Turkish: Ruşenler, Rousenler), inhabited mostly ...

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Holy Church of Saint Nicholas

Holy Church of Saint Nicholas Saint Nikolaos, which was built before 1848 has an exceptional art carved icon screen and altar. The architectural order of the church is three-aisled wooden basilica with an apse, loggia ...

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Church of St. Nicholas Patagi

Church of St. Nicholas Patagi The initial phase of the temple should probably be placed at the end of the 17th and early 18th century. It is a small church that follows the formula of ...

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Information Center Lake Vistonidas

Information Center Lake Vistonidas On the route Xanthi-Porto Lagos and 2 km west from Porto Lagos, in New Kessani, is located the Information Center Lake of Vistonida. Open from mid-1998 and is staffed with ...

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Cave Sources of Aggitis River

Cave Sources of Aggitis River It is located 23 kilometers northwest of the city of Drama and is the only exploited river cave in Greece. The natural entrance is the source of an underground river ...

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Aesthetic Forest of Strait of Nestos River

Aesthetic Forest of Strait of Nestos River It is located at the borders of Kavala and Xanthi prefectures, south of the town of Stavroupoli, with area of 2,380 hectares. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes ...

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Makri Makri is a charming tourist resort. It has been inhabited since the ancient times and part of the settlement still retains its quaint, traditional character, while there are also the ...

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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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Kallithea On the slopes of Menikio mountain at an altitude of 480m and 19 km away from Drama there is the village Kallithea which fully justifies its name, thanks to the ...

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