Prefecture of Evros

Prefecture of Evros

The east gate of Greece and the European Union is Evros County. The area of the county is covering 4.239 s.m.and has a population of 143.752 inhabitants. The Capitol City is Alexandroupolis.  The town has a nice street layout and has one of the most important harbors in north Greece.
 The Evros river is the natural borderline between Greece and Turkey and just before the waters of it are going to meet the Aegean Sea the river is forming its worldwide famous delta. More then 200.000 birds overwinter in the huge areas of the delta, amongst them are 300 species which are very rare.
Another very important and protected area where you can admire wild life is the forest of Dadia, here you can see different species of predatory birds. The coastline of the county is very attractive as well, starting from Mesimvria to Makri and from there until Alexandroupolis you will see marvelous places and a magical scenery. The county has a very rich history and tradition, so it would be a good idea to visit the archaeological sites. Here you will meet the prehistoric, the classic and the Hellenic ancient history you will feel the spirit of the Romans and the grandiosity of the Byzantine.
 In Makri you will have the opportunity to see the cave of the Cyclopes and just a bit further away you will meet the graves from the megalithic ages ( DOLMEN). All those things are going to lead us to the grave in Elafochori, to the ancient city of Mesimvria, to Traianoupolis and to the Byzantine castles in Avandas and Pythio.
In the north is Didimoteicho, a town that is surrounded from Byzantine walls and has many little churches but the central point is the mosque of Vogiatzi pasha. Heading to the south is Soufli, which is known for its high quality silk production.
Finally the light of the biggest lighthouse in Greece will lead you back to Alexandroupolis, from where you can start your journey to Samothraki.


Alexandroupolis, the capital of Evros, possesses the leader position in the geographical area of E. Macedonia and Thrace, as it composes the connection’s basic gate among the European Community’s countries and the Mediterranean countries, Asia’s and Black Sea’s zone. It has been distinguished as the major internal border comb of the European Community...


Soufli was built on the eastern slope of the twin hill of Prophet Elias, one of the last peaks on the Rodopi mountain.


The magic island, the northern island of Greece is covering an area of 177 s.m and has approximately 3.100 inhabitants. On the island is the mountain Saos its top is 1600 m high, the myth says that this is the place from where Poseidon was observing the bloody battles in front of the Troan walls.  The island has also a huge archaeological site known as Paleopolis.
It is known that in the past, many centuries ago, Samothraki was the island were the “Kaveireia Mysteria” (religious ritual) took place but today only a very few things are known about them. The statue of “Niki” was also a part of the Islands history, but nowadays we can admire it in the Louvre museum in Paris.
 The museum and the towers of the Gateluzi are looking calmly at the Aegean Sea. In the interior we will meet the islands’ capitol, which is called Chora. The castle of the it is rising amongst rocks, it is considered as the guardian of the white traditional houses, which are build amphitheatrically on a green slope.The only link of the island to the mainland is the picturesque harbor of Kamariotissa. Here we can find hotels, rooms, restaurants, fish taverns and nightclubs. The island has several little villages that the visitor should visit some of them are the Kariotes, Alonia, Lakoma and Profitis Helias, which is famous for his grilled goat.
But everywhere on the island you can find a high variety of fish and seafood that is of the best quality. Scuba diving is very interesting in the sea around island where you can see caves and beautiful underwater scenes and if you are lucky maybe a Mediterranean seal.
In the interior the island is full of chestnuts, myrtle’s, arbutus platan and some other trees in general the vegetation of the island is unique. In an another village that is called Loutra we can find spa and hydrotherapy clinics.Little streams, lakes and waterfalls are giving a special character to the Saos. Those lakes are called from the locals “Vathres” and if you love the nature then you must see the “Fonias” lake a place that will offer you unforgettable experience.These are a few reasons why Samothraki is called the island of the gods.

Evros river

At the northeastern corner of Greece and nearly 20-km from Alexandroupolis at the crossroad between East and West, North and South, the river Evros is forming an ecosystem of international importance, according to the Ramsar contract, known as the Evros delta. Evros is one of the biggest rivers in the Balkans with its 430-km length, from which the 203-km are forming the natural borderline between Greece and Turkey...

Dadia forest

 Dadia is a quiet, secluded village of 200 families at the edge of the extensive forest covering the southeastern foothills of the Rodopi mountain range which face the narrow plain of the Evros river stretching to the sea. It lies north of Alexandroupolis, in the province of Evros in Thrace, the northeastern most part of Greece. As with most of Thrace, the area of Dadia is alive with historic memories.




Didimoticho, today a small town of approximately 12000 people, bears a long and extremely noteworthly history. The city is lying next to the Erythropotamos river, on the western bank of the famous Hevros river.
The first habitation was founded on the Hagia Petra hill at the Southestern end of the city in the neilithic period, according recent excavational evidence. During the Early Iron Age two villages existed together in both hills of the city, Hagia Petra and Kales, the second lying at the western end of today's Didymotichon..


Orestiada is located at the northern side of Evros and is 995 km away from Athens and 115 from Alexandroupolis. It is a modern and contemporary city, only 75 years old. Of course, since ancient times, there was a small settlement on this site which seems to have been founded by the son of Agamemnon and Clytaimnestra, Orestes.
 However, today’s Orestiada, a dream and inspired plan of architect Spyros Dasios, was founded in 1923. Its sightseeings include the great and spacious square at the center and the Folklore Museum.
Orestiada aspires to play an important commercial and social role in the area, as it is situate at the crossroads of two continents.
And so, on the one hand, its cultural movement is remarkable as the municipal authorities have worked for the founding and operation of a Mental Center, a Philharmonic and a Choir as well as an appendix of the Lyceum of Greek Women, and on the other hand the operation of a sugar factory, outside the city, in combination with the picking centers of sparrowgrasses and potatoes and the existence of a cattle breeding fund, give commercial wind to the city and the whole area which is in such a neuralgic position.
An interesting excursion that a visitor to Orestiada can go to, is to travel to Nea Vyssa, a small hamlet with a great history. This is the place from where Georgios Papas originated, leader of the rebellious consort in Moldovlahia.