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Alexandroupolis
Alexandroupolis is a beautiful city by the sea.The locals are friendly sociable and full of life! By plane, train, boat or car the city is easily and comfortably approached. On the waterfront, fishing boats give the visitors a taste of how Alexandroupolis used to be during the 19th century when it was still named Dede Agats.

In the 21st century Alexandroupolis became a communications and commercial center. The expansion of the port has already been completed. The railway, motorway and maritime axis of Alexandroupolis - Burke - Crimea - Novorossiysk - Moscow and the "Egnatia" Road is ready. Furthermore the new University Hospital offers its services not only to the inhabitants of Thrace but also to people of the neighboring Balkan countries. The city's population has already been approaching the 70,000 inhabitants and according to predictions in a few years it will exceed the 100,000.

The thoughtful street plan, the modern buildings, the local market and the mobility in streets is the proper combination of giving Alexandroupolis the appearance of a modern city, which keeps its very own and unique personal style by holding the advantages of a border region.

he cultural vitality of the city is expressed in various ways. Concerts, theatrical performances of ancient and modern style, the book fair, a nationwide festival of traditional dances take place during the “Eleftheria” (a local festival) and not only. Furthermore the visitors are given the opportunity to enjoy special traditional events which take place to villages of the surrounding area.

The city lives in a tranquil reality, next to the most important ecological triangle which consists of the Forest of Dadia, the delta of river Evros, the Thermal Baths of Traianoupolis and the island of Samothrace.

Crossroads of sea and land routes of both east and west, from the ridges of Rhodope and Evros river to the Aegean Sea and Samothrace. The nature creates landscapes of unique beauty and importance throughout centuries. Idyllic, beautiful beaches, rivers and streams, forests, mountains, prairies and plains coexist in a single composition.

Visitors of Alexandroupolis and Evros county, are certainly given the opportunity to choose between a great variety of sights worth their admiration in this corner of the earth. The city is welcoming and relaxing, without the stress of a big city and offers both to its residents and tourists quality of life. A quiet stroll along the beautifully designed bay where the lighthouse the landmark of our town, which was built in 1880, stands, will get you acquainted with the town's history, flavors, vibrancy and rhythms. The slow paste can help you relax, enjoy a bike ride and a visit the museums because due to the town's size the annoying rush hours not really exist. An ideal place for enjoying a marvelous Greek coffee and ouzo which will give you the most pleasant dizziness ! When you feel like being more energetic, you will be taken to one of the many organized beaches with beach bars and the opportunity to try several water sports or to the evening downtown bustling. Cafes, bars, clubs and of course places where you can enjoy the famous bouzouki, are all available for you to choose depending on your mood. Hospitable and fun-loving inhabitants will be willing to accompany you and reveal you the secrets of a rich nightlife.

The cuisine of Alexandroupolis emits an amalgam of fragrances and flavors both from West and East. Here the temptations are many and difficult to choose; fish and seafood or tasty meat? Tavern or restaurant? Shop next to the beach or into the narrow streets of the city?

Whatever you choose you will definitely enjoy the famous fresh fish and seafood which are of exceptional quality ! Local meat is cooked in a special way and you will surely be impressed. Wherever you are you should ask for the local specialties and excellent wine which are produced only in our region.

The tourism identity of Alexandroupolis complements its character, without altering its atmosphere and some elements will probably transfer your spirit back to Ancient Greece.

Alexandroupolis is not just the privileged center of a truly charismatic region it is also known for its hospitality and a really enjoyable place to be. It is the best way to start or finish a journey.

What you shouldn't miss when you visit the city:

  • Prehistoric settlement of Makri

12km. west of Alexandroupolis is the village of Makri with an archaeological site and the cave of the Cyclops, as it is named in the region. The cave presents traces of use from prehistoric times to the Byzantine period, while the excavation has unearthed a Neolithic settlement of 4th millennium BC.

  • Archaeological site of Mesimvria

Just below the picturesque bay of Makri starts an 8km coastline. leading to the archaeological site of Mesimvria. This is a well maintained site that is worth visiting, so as to admire its rare and perfectly preserved drainage system for the mortar of the classical period (kind of plaster of that era) and the section of wall aged back to the 6th century.

  • Towers of Avanta
  • St. Theodore's Byzantine cave
  • Beaches
  • Museums

Ecclesiastical Museum
The Ecclesiastical Museum of Alexandroupolis, is one of the best Ecclesiastical Museums that exists in Greece. It is a place of culture and historical memory. The rich collection includes more than four hundred religious relics, icons, sacred vessels, priestly vestments, woodwork, which are dating from the 16th to 20th century. The most luxurious of the gold-embroidered vestments belong to known prelates with national action in the region, like the Patriarch of Constantinople Anthimos Z Tsatsos (1827-1913), former bishop of Ainos. It is a fact that the most important part of the refugee are the relics from Ainos, which were brought by people during the population exchange in 1922, while of special interest are the icons, which represent the bulk of the collection, dating from the 18th and 17th century. The Ecclesiastical Museum of Alexandroupolis was founded in 1976 by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthimos world known as Dionysius Roussas an elected bishop in 1974. It was originally housed in the two halls of the Cultural Center but since 1982 it has been operating and housed in a neoclassical building of 1909 in Leontarideios School (former boys' school) in the Cathedral Square. The exhibits represent the faith of ordinary people who used to live in the two opposite banks of river Evros at times quite close to ours. The exhibits of the Ecclesiastical Museum consist of eight modules, like the number of the rooms in the museum.

Ethnological Museum
The Ethnological Museum of Thrace named Angela Giannakidou, is housed in a neoclassical stone building of 1899 and it is situated on 14th May street number 63. The landscaped area of the Museum, the exhibition material, the music, the use of multimedia and the Cafe are great reasons for a reappraisal of the local tradition. The Ethnological Museum of Thrace is a lively place which informs its guests about the popular culture of Thrace, it carefully links the tradition and the knowledge contained in it combined with the reflections of modern society. The purpose of the museum is to study, display and promote the culture of Thrace. The aim is to create a vibrant place which will reveal the culture of Thrace and can easily give the opportunity to reassess the tradition of the local area. The exhibition material was organized so that visitors can gain an insight into the traditional life of Thrace and especially of south Evros from the late 17th century until the early 20th century.

Natural History Museum
Located 2 km east from the center of Alexandroupolis in Platanotopos, is the Museum of Natural History. In a well-equipped building, harmonized with the landscape, the museum aims in highlighting the biodiversity in all levels, including genetics, ecosystems, geology, various species of the region of Evros county, ecological and geophysical characteristics. Modern facilities and equipment, such as multimedia, the enormous data bank and the active ways of presenting the elements of natural environment, help the visitor understand the importance of natural resources.

Dadia Forest
The forest of Dadia or else the Eagles' forest is one of the few places in Europe, where its wildlife is preserved and protected. Rare species of plants and animals there, manage to resist the global threat reduction and alteration of the natural environment. This happens because of the location of the forest, lying at the point where the Rhodope Mountains end.

In the region the visitor can see ancient pine and oak trees, meadows where wildflowers grow rare, pastures and fields, streams and rocks which are harmonically combined with the natural landscape. But what makes Dadia forest excel are the birds of prey. In the protected area a total of 36 out of 38 species, which exist in Europe, has been observed.

The 30 of them permanently nest there and the rest of the species spend the winter in the forest or arrive during migration. Eagles, vultures and falcons which are endangered species find refuge in the forest. Rare species like the Black Vulture, Lanner falcon and the Long-legged Buzzard nest in the forest habitat and make it unique in all Europe.

Dadia forest is the ideal place for wildlife protection. Wolves, jackals, deers and squirrels find refuge here. Additionally a rich herpetofauna which is the main food of birds can be found in the forest.

The area was declared protected in 1980 and includes two zones of strict protection, with an area of 72,000 acres and a peripheral zone around the nuclei area of 357,000 acres.

Delta of Evros' river
The Delta of Evros' river is a wetland of international importance which is protected by the Convention RAMSAR. Natural or artificial areas consisting of members are permanently or temporarily flooded with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salty.

The favorable geographical position of the Delta in relation to bird migration routes, the mild climate of the area, the recent isolation and difficulty of access contributed to the great biodiversity, which currently exists. In the area all formations and units of vegetation of a Mediterranean delta can be found.

In the area of delta and in the section along the river, more than 350 plant species have been recorded. The local vegetation dependents on factors such as soil composition, moisture and salinity. But the fauna is equally rich: they have found 46 species, 7 amphibian, 21 reptile species and more than 40 species of mammals.

Undoubtedly though, the high value of the Delta consists of the rich birdlife. In the Delta region, 304 species out of 423 species of birds occurring throughout Greece have been identified.

Soufli
Soufli is one of the few cities in Greece, where silk and silk fabrics are produced. Furthermore the city of Soufli is special for its architectural character, and a visitor can easily distinguish the traditional Thracian style. The town is built around the hill of Prophet Elias and the findings which have been discovered around, prove that the place has been inhabited since the Hellenistic period.

Soufli is beautiful with many picturesque and remarkable monuments from the period of flowering of the sericulture. Nowadays the history of sericulture, silk industry and the various stages of the traditional farming are presented in a particularly vivid way in the Silk Museum which is housed in the mansion Kourtidi.

The tour begins from 3000 BC with the journey and the adventures of silk from China, continues with the Greco-Roman antiquity and Byzantium, goes to the West, the Ottoman period and reaches the 20th century and Soufli. The fact that Soufli and the surrounding area developed sericulture can be easily proved by the architecture of the houses.

The form of the silk houses is quite typical. There are two or three floors tiled buildings where the interior contains large areas for the breeding of silkworms. The ground floor was inhabited by the owners and on the first floor there were the beds of the worms.

Thermal baths of Traianoupolis
Since ancient times the water of the thermal baths of Traianoupolis has been recognized for its therapeutic ability. Characterized as a hydro-thio-chloro-sodic, with a temperature of 52°C, it is suitable for spa therapy (osteoporosis, lumbago, gynecological disorders), ideal for drinking therapy (kidney disease, diabetes, disorders of bile and of the liver, gastritis) and inhalation.

The city of Traianoupolis was built in the early 2nd century AD by the Roman emperor Trajan Oulpio, from whom it got its name, because he was cured by thermal baths. It was the most important administrative, military and ecclesiastical center of Thrace from the 4th till the 13th century.

The Emperor Justinian walled the city with castles. In the adjacent hill of St. George part of the wall of the citadel, building foundations and part of the cemetery are preserved. In front of the south gate of the wall stands a part of the ancient Via Egnatia.

In the center of the site dominates the vaulted house known as "Hannah". Behind it there are two Ottoman baths which were built during the 16th century.

Didymoteicho
Didymoticho is the largest surviving city in Greece. Its geographic location was the reason it played a significant role, especially during the Byzantine period. It is the birthplace of several Byzantine emperors and it became the capital of the Byzantine Empire in the turbulent years of the 14th century.

In 1361 Didymoticho was conquered by the Ottomans and became the first capital of the Ottoman state on European soil. Today, visitors can visit the Grand Mosque which was built by the Ottomans and it is the largest and oldest mosque in Europe maintained.

Bayezid I started building the city and it was completed by Muhammad in 1420 AD. The visitors can also see the Mausoleum of Ourouts Pasha. During the Roman domination Plotinoupoli was established by Emperor Trajan. It is very close to Didimoticho and its findings can still be admired.

Finally, the city of Didimotiho is famous for its castles and strong walls which were built by the Byzantines to fortify the city.

Feres - Church of Virgin Mary of Kosmosotira
In the center of the town of Feres, the site of ancient Viras, dominates one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece, the temple of Kosmosotira.
Built in 1151 AD by Isaac Comnenus of Byzantium, according to the standards of Saint Sophia.

This is an excellent building, made of stone and bricks. Its architecture is a cross with five domes. The central dome, pierced by windows, with inner diameter of 7 meters which seem to hover in space, is breathtaking.
In the same are there are well preserved sections of the aqueduct which was built the same time the church was constructed and was rebuilt during the Ottoman period.

Symbol of cultural and religious heritage of the Church of Thrace Kosmosotira remains a jewel of the whole Evros county.

Samothrace
In the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea, overlooking the valley of the Evros, dominates the massif of Samothrace. The island was considered sacred in ancient times. The evocative nature of the charm had turned it into the center of mystic ceremonies, the famous "Kaveiron Mysteries".

The Sanctuary of the Great Gods, which is partially restored today, was created during the peak of the island as a religious center during the Hellenistic period, as well as the statue of Nike of Samothrace, which is now one of the most important exhibits of the Louvre, causing the admiration of visitors from all over the world. The antiquities of the island neither begin nor end there.

Recently a promising Neolithic settlement was discovered. Remarkable are the remains of Genoan domination; Gkatelouzi towers situated in Chora, in Paleopolis and in the mouth of Fonias' pedestals. The particular feature of Samothrace is still the wild, majestic nature.

The steep mountain Saos, with highest peak the “Moon” (1670 meters the highest peak of the Aegean), the dense forests and abundant streams differentiate Samothrace from the other islands.

Especially the gurgling streams that create spectacular waterfalls and natural cool pools called pedestals compose a rare, exotic landscape that enchants visitors. Finally, the coastline does not only offer the pleasure of the beaches, but also gives a great opportunity to more adventurous visitors to enjoy the rich seabed.

 

 

 

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