THRACE


Thrace Map

Entering Thrace from Kavala, the visitor encounters scenic Xanthi, the capital of the district of Xanthi. It is built on the location of ancient Xantheia and is justly proud of the many old houses and mansions which are prime examples of local architecture. A Byzantine castle dominates its surroundings from the top of a nearby hill to the north of town. Picturesque monasteries lurk among the pine-wooded hills.

Porto Lagos, an attractive fishing village is nearby, as are Avdira, Mesimvria, and Maronia. Further to the northeast, is scenic Komotini, capital of the district of Rodopi. The forts of the area, which date from pre-Christian times to the Byzantine era, are of special interest. Finds from all of the archaeological sites in Thrace are displayed in the Komotini Museum.

Alexandroupoli, the capital of the district of Evros, is a seaside town known for its fine sandy beaches. A pretty town with well laid-out streets and neo-classical buildings. To the northeast of Alexandroupoli is Feres with its especially important Byzantine cathedral of Theotokos tis Kosmosotiras. Along the Greco-Turkish border, to the north, is Soufli, famous for its silk production and its silks, and even further north are Didimotiho and Orestiada. The first is a splendid Byzantine city and the second is a small town built in a fertile area.

Roads pass through planted fields, flanked by wooded mountains and the deep blue sea.

Other roads pass through cities, villages, and landscapes ossessing a rare Greek beauty.

Samothrace The same roads lead the visitor through nature, history, and tradition to the eastern-most point of Greece, wonderful Thrace.


SAMOTHRACE

An island of the northern Aegean, Samothrace (Samothraki) is located opposite the gulf of Saros. It is mostly mountainous; it is covered by Mt Saros whose peak Fengari (moon) reaches an altitude of 1,600 metres, which is the highest peak on any island, Crete and Euboea apart.

Samothrace has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and fairly cool summers.

The smooth coastline forms four capes: Akrotiri, Malathria or Megalo Akrotiri, Angisto and Kipo.

Samothrace was especially important in antiquity because of the Cabeirian mysteries held in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. Today, near Paleopoli where the famous Victory of Samothrace (Louvre Museum) was found, one can see the ruins of the Sanctuary, the Tholos of Arsinoe, the Arcade, the Temenos, the palace, the theatre, etc.

Samothrace or Hora is the capital of the island. It is a charming village in the traditional style built in the island's interior.

Small picturesque villages, abundant physical beauty, forest coupled with Mediterranean vegetation and running water, and the virgin shores, compose a specially impressive landscape is the "refuge" of many nature lovers.



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