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.

Fortress of Nymphea

Fortress of Nymphea The remains of the current Fortress of Nymphea or “Kale”, located approximately 4 km southwest of the village, at the 10th km of provincial road Komotini-Fortress Nymphea and few meters ...

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Folklore Museum of Vissa

Folklore Museum of Vissa The history of the Folklore museum of Vissa starts in the decade of 70s, when teachers and professors who teach in community of Vissa with motivate their love for ...

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Museum of Folk Costume of the Lyceum of Greek Women

Museum of Folk Costume of the Lyceum of Greek Women The Museum of Traditional costume founded in 2009 is housed in a restored traditional building beautiful architecture with neoclassical decoration, which housed the Lyceum of Greek Women Xanthi, Annex Athens. ...

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Holy Church of Saint Demetrius

Holy Church of Saint Demetrius In the center of Nevrokopi there is the church of Saint Demetrius, who was built in 1866 as witnessed by the Metropolitan of Nevrokopi, Nicodemus in 1901. Important historical events ...

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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 Saint Athanasius-Doxato

Holy Church of Saint Athanasius-Doxato A remarkable building in Doksato is the church of Saint Athanasius in the center of the village which was built in 1867, with the support and expense of all the ...

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Skala Sotiros

Skala Sotiros At Skala Sotiros there is a long beach with shallow clear waters. Besides, the village itself is a marvellous colourful place, due to the huge plane trees and the fountains ...

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Mesi beach

Mesi beach Three miles east of Fanari is located the beautiful Mesi beach next to the natural vivarium of Karatzas lake. There is also created in that place,a holiday village with permanent ...

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Kazavitia Kazavitia, is perhaps the most picturesque villages of Thassos. With this name we now call the Little and Big Prinos, two beautiful and traditional mountain-villages at a height of 350 ...

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Paliouri Paliouri is one of the quaintest villages of the northeastern Evros. It is located about 3 km east of Metaxades village and is one of the oldest villages in the ...

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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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