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.

Archaeological site of Paleopolis

Archaeological site of Paleopolis On the north side of the island, in Paleopolis near Archaeological Museum is the archaeological site of Paleopolis. It is remarkable and very important archaeological site since at this point ...

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Archaeological Museum of Drama

Archaeological Museum of Drama  The Drama Archaeological Museum was built by the Municipality of Drama and beguested to the Ministry of Culture. In this way the local community managed to speed up the procedure ...

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Municipal picture gallery of Didymoteicho

Municipal picture gallery of Didymoteicho Inside the castle, former residence of Vafeiadis, the renovated building of the Greek interwar, is housed the Municipal Gallery of Didymoteicho. It was founded in 2000 to host the works ...

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Holy Church of Taxiarches

Holy Church of Taxiarches Location: Kokkinogia. The Church of Taxiarches in the village of Kokinogia is post-Byzantine and was built in 1820. The Belfry located in the courtyard built in 1886. The interior walls ...

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Holy Monastery of Saint Mina

Holy Monastery of Saint Mina At a distance of about 1500 meters west of the village Perichora in "Tagkala ", majesticallt stands on the slopes of a picturesque gorge, surrounded by pine forest, the The ...

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THE FIRST STEPS OF ST. PAUL 21/05/2017 - 21/05/2017

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Cyclop's cave

Cyclop's cave Descending from the square of Makris to the harbor, a rugged trail of 300 meters length, leads to the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus, the Cyclops of Homer"s Odyssey. This ...

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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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Diurnal and Nocturnal birds of prey Park

Diurnal and Nocturnal birds of prey Park The Park of Raptor diurnal and nocturnal birds is located in the market of Drama in a beautiful natural environment. In the Park visitors have the opportunity to see spectacular ...

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Metaxades Next to the Greek-Bulgarian borders lies the quaint village of Metaxades. Most of the village’s houses are an example of a unique and rare architecture. Classic and elaborate, the houses ...

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Soufli Soufli is located in the center of the prefecture of Evros, 65 km north of Alexandroupoli. It was built on the slope of a small hill, under the shadow of ...

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Didymoteicho Didymoteicho is a town in Western Thrace and capital of the homonymous province of Evros. It is located 85 km away from Alexandroupoli and 2 km away from the Greek ...

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Happening in our region