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.

History and Folklore Museum of Avdira

History and Folklore Museum of Avdira The Folklore Museum of Avdira is housed in the renovated neoclassical building of the old school of Avdira and dates from 1860. The location of the museum, in conjunction with ...

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Castle Kalyvas - Ionic

Castle Kalyvas - Ionic Located near the abandoned village today, north of Upper Ionic and is one of the most important archaeological sites of Thrace. It dates from the Hellenistic period and particularly during ...

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Church of Holy Mary Archangeliotissa

Church of Holy Mary Archangeliotissa Northeast of Xanthi, on the outskirts of the mountainous mass of Rhodope in an extremely wonderful position, overlooking the plain of Xanthi, just above the Samakov region, you can find ...

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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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Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Christ

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Christ The settlement of Prasinada is located northeast of the prefecture of Drama 58 kilometers far away from it, in the triangle of Paranesti (Paranesti-Prasinada 19 km). It is built on ...

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Prophitis Elias beach

Prophitis Elias beach It is the beach of the synonymous seaside holiday village, next to the beach Imeros. During the summer months it receives visitors seaking for a quiet beach so that they ...

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Karatza lagoon

Karatza lagoon It is a small lagoon with salt marshes and a narrow coastal sandy beach. It’s surrounded by bare, partially cultivated hills with small islands and flat muddy land. The fishing ...

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Livadi Beach

Livadi Beach Livadi Beach is situated in the east of the island of Thassos at a 20 kilometer distance of the capital Limenas, close to Aliki. It is a quiet beach that ...

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Kallithea

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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Porto lagos Settlement

Porto lagos Settlement Porto Lagos is a quaint fishing village 26 km from Xanthi. It has a port that serves the trade of Xanthi’s Prefecture, with the capacity of many fishing boats (both ...

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6th Kavala AirSea Show

6th Kavala AirSea Show 30/06/2017 - 02/07/2017The “6th Kavala Air/Sea show” is planned to take place during the following dates: 30 June – 02 July 2017. It is an annual, free-to-public show of aerospace and naval ...

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