EVROS - WILD BEAUTY
The Prefecture of Evros at the northeastern tip of Greece, which is one of the largest in the country, is characterized by areas of special natural beauty. It has Alexandroupolis as its capital and is divided into three areas: Soufli, Didymoteicho, Orestiada, while Samothrace, a place of unique natural beauty, also belongs to it. The northern end is called "tri-national", because Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey meet in three different countries, while in the prefecture is the river Evros, the largest in the Balkans. It has a significant historical and cultural wealth with areas that have been declared protected monuments such as the habitats of the Evros Delta and the Dadia Forest. The area is in a strategic position, while combining mountain, plain sea.
The capital of Evros, Alexandroupolis is built in the south of the prefecture whose port is one of the most important with the lighthouse trademark. The lighthouse was built to help sailors passing through and to the Hellespont. Its Christian history is presented in the Museum of Ecclesiastical Art which is housed in the Leontarideio school and includes exhibits from the 15th to the 20th century. It has 25 km of coastline with picturesque beaches, lush vegetation, with magical views. The beach of Dikkela includes campsites, holiday homes while the sandy beach and olive groves reach the coast. Near the village of Makri is the Kyani Akti with its crystal clear waters and Agia Paraskevi, which is a settlement with a large cosmopolitan beach and is suitable for water sports. The organized beach of EOT is also the closest and most people prefer it.
Soufli is built on the hill of Profitis Ilias, in the Rhodope Mountains. It is famous for its "hooded houses", silks and rich tradition. Its history is associated with silk and the breeding of silkworms that contributed to its development. The Kourtidi mansion houses the Greek Silk Museum with its imposing chimney. The Municipal Museum houses the mansion Brika while it is worth visiting Agios Georgios and Agios Athanasios. The forest of Dadia and the ancient Thracian Cemeteries are located in the area of the mountain village of Roussa. The National Park is one of the most important protected areas of the WWF internationally with a unique population of reptiles, mammals and birds of prey. Further south, the Evros Delta is an important wetland, protected by the Ramsar Convention. The two habitats give a special character while there is an Ecotourism Center and a Bird Observatory.
Didimoticho is a real museum that combines natural beauty and history. It is crossed by the tributary of Evros Erythropotamos and is adorned by traditional mansions. The castle of Kale on the homonymous hill has inside it the chapel of Agios Dimitrios. The Folklore Museum has exhibits such as tools, costumes, ecclesiastical and marble representations. Sultan Bayazit Mosque in the center is the largest in the Balkans. The Garden Bridge that unites two nations, half is painted with the colors of Greece and the other with the colors of Turkey. Orestiada is characterized by the city plan, the monuments, the robustness and the reconstruction. and is a commercial center of Greece. The Historical and Folklore Museum includes tools, looms, spindles, costumes, utensils, musical instruments and ecclesiastical. The Diocese of Orestiada is Agioi Theodoroi and the old church in Karagats which the city honors with a series of cultural events "Theodoreia".
Feres, a town of Evros, is characterized by traditions, customs and traditions of all tribes from the Paleolithic era. They were founded around the fortified monastery of Panagia Kosmosoteira in the 12th century. Evros flows south of Fera, where it forms its Delta, while the wetland and its forest compose a landscape of unique beauty that hosts pelicans, herons, flamingos, cormorants and wild swans. Kosmosoteira is the katholikon of the monastery built by Isaac Komnenos with cells for 100 monks, a hospital, a nursing home, a library and an aqueduct that provided water that supplied the settlement. The archeological site of Traianoupolis next to the thermal springs that are a pole of attraction connected Rome with Constantinople.
Samothrace known as the "Holy Island'', stands out with its cobbled streets and plane trees adorn the main square. The capital of the island is Chora built above Kamariotissa, with the medieval castle, on the slopes of Saos. Characteristic is the natural beauty, the rare fauna and the streams with the waterfalls. It is world famous thanks to the famous statue of the Victory of Samothrace that adorns the Louvre Museum while the Archaeological Museum houses its copy. In Paliapoli is the Sanctuary of the Great Gods where the famous Kaveri Mysteries were performed. The Folklore Museum exhibits cultural heritage objects while the medieval towers of Gattilusi, which contributed to the protection of the island, are of great interest. The Dome of Arsinoe is the largest surviving circular structure dedicated to Queen Arsinoe of Thrace.
The island has been designated a protected area, included in the Natura 2000 network. Pachia Ammos beach is one of the sandy beaches with a unique view of Imbros and Tenedos while Vatos is a beach that can only be reached by boat. The Gardens have deep water and black pebbles and of course the pedestals which is a treasure with small pools formed by the waterfalls Gria Vathra and Fonias. The beach Pyrgos of Fonias is located at the northeastern end with the typical medieval Pyrgos, which stands half-ruined. The Fonia torrent, one of the largest in Samothrace, flows into the area. Therma, known as Loutra, is built between the plane trees and the foothills of the mountain and is one of the tourist centers of the island.
Traditional food, sweets, drinks and delicacies are the object that the women's cooperatives of Evros deal with. It has local cuisine that includes dishes such as sarmas, sarakatsani pies, spicy sausages from Soufli, river fish and handmade pasta. Zigouri or beef cooked with cabbage, tomatoes and red hot pepper, tzigerosarmas and kavourmas plain or with eggs are the most famous of the local flavors. Throughout the prefecture you can try tripe with different flavors: belly, legs, beef head and mixed. Homemade liqueurs are made on the basis of brandy, sour cherries or medlars. Basic products are also cotton, wheat, beets and corn.