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.

Archaelogical Site of Alyki

Archaelogical Site of Alyki The peninsula of Alyki is located on the southeastern side of Thassos, 32km from the port. On both sides of the peninsula, there are formed two natural creeks that were ...

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Building of the old municipal offices of the village of Agiasma.

Building of the old municipal offices of the village of Agiasma. The building is a declared historical monument as it is an interesting example of the neoclassical style with special uses and it is important for the studies of the local ...

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Old Town of Xanthi

Old Town of Xanthi The Old Town of Xanthi is located in the north of Xanthi constituting its historic core and covers an area of 380.000m2. The city is built after 1829. The year ...

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Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis

Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis Holy Church of St. Gregory the Theologian New Karvalis located 10 km from the city of Kavala. Honor of the St. and great Hierarch was built Temple here, which is ...

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Holy Monastery of Dormition of Holy Mary

Holy Monastery of Dormition of Holy Mary It belongs to the Bishopric of Alexandoupoli. It is located in the coastal area of Makri, five kilometers away from it. It is established in 1978 by the then Bishop ...

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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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The bridges in area Thermes - Medusa

The bridges in area Thermes - Medusa The bridges of Kidari: the first bridge is 200 meters west of the settlement Kidari while the second bridge is located before the springs of Thermes towards Kidari village. The ...

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Porto Lagos beach

Porto Lagos beach The beach is the pine forest of Porto Lagos used to attract the majority of Xanthi citizens. The seaweed therapy remains the main reason for today"s swimmers who combine their ...

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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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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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