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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The Central Heroon (Spathi)

The Central Heroon (Spathi) It’s located on the west outer side of the municipal grove. In the center you can see a 14m high column , that bears a huge metal simulacrum of sword, ...

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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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Holy Church of Taxiarches

Holy Church of Taxiarches The Holy Church of Taxiarches in Drama presents intense and priceless interest, as it shows rich historical reality from the Byzantine era. The church is located in the city center ...

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Holy Monastery of Holy Mary Kalamous

Holy Monastery of Holy Mary Kalamous The monastery is situated north of Xanthi in a gorge that has an altitude difference of 170meters from the area the area. The name of the monastery comes from the ...

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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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Loytros

Loytros Source: http://thassos.gr

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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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Paradise beach

Paradise beach Paradise beach is considered the best beach of the island!! With its “tropical” waters, it takes the visitor to exotic places! The white sand is ideal for long walks, the ...

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Sidironero

Sidironero Sidironero is built at an altitude of 630 m and is 45 km far from Drama. Is built in a green environment in the lap of dense Rodopi Mountains and ...

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Giannouli

Giannouli The Gianoulis village is located in the heart Evros region and is northwest of Soufli at the distance of about 10 km. There the visitor can see the church of ...

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Maronia

Maronia In the South of Rodopi surrounded by olive groves that reach to the sea is Maronia, an important historic town built in the area was the synonym of the ancient ...

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