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East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

also known as Ανατολική Μακεδονία και Θράκη

East Macedonia and Thrace (Greek: Ανατολική Μακεδονία και Θράκη) is made of the north-eastern parts of the country, including the eastern part of the region of Greek Macedonia, Thrace, and two islands: Thassos and Samothrace. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace offer the visitor a magnificent combination of places and itineraries of archaeological and historical interest, tangible evidence of its very long history.

Explore the imposing mountainous area of Rodopi, the Rivers Evros and Nestos, many lakes and lagoons like Vistonida, which are protected under International Treaties, and enjoy bird-watching and other outdoor activities. Don't miss the Aggitis Cave, the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace Island and the old city of Xanthi. Thassos (Θάσος in Greek) is the northernmost Greek island, and 12th largest by area, known also as the emerald island of the Aegean Sea.

Thassos is a green Greek island famous for its clean beaches, vegetation, and its mountainous terrain, including the highest peak Ypsario (Ipsario) at 1,205 metres. The town of Thassos is also known as Limenas Thasou (Harbour of Thassos). In and around Thasos, there are many ruins dating from antiquity, most of the finds from archaeological sites being on display at the Archaeological Museum of Thasos.

Samothrace (also known as Samothraki) is a standout amongst the roughest Greek islands, being known for its prosperity among the fishing industries. Samothrace has a wonderful scene with Mt Fengari (with its peak Fengari rising to 1,611 m) as the core bit of the island. Additionally, the island offers exquisite yellow fields and incredible waterfalls. The island's most renowned site is the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Greek Hieron ton Megalon Theon with its the most famous artefact - the 2.5-metre marble statue of Nike, now known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, dating from about 190 BC. It was discovered in pieces on the island in 1863 by the French archaeologist Charles Champoiseau, and is currently in the Louvre in Paris.

The guests of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace will think that it is hard to pick some particular archaeological destinations, as remains going again to all the noteworthy periods and in addition the ancient one are scattered in the entire district. Immerse yourself in ancient times, haunting among the archaic sites. The ancient site of Sitagroi and the Aggitis Cave (or Maaras) at the plain of Drama, the area known as Dikili Tash (Orthopetra) close Filippoi (Kavala), the ancient toumpa of Paradimi, the Maroneia hole and the caverns of In-Dere pig out in Strymi (Rodopi), the ancient toumpa and the Makri collapse Evros, the ancient acropolis of Aghios Georgios Maroneias, Ergani (close Xylagani, Rodopi) and Aghios Georgios in Petrota and in addition the ancient cemetery with the outside asylum with wall painting compositions on rocks close Roussa town (Evros) are the absolute most essential destinations where hints of life going once more to the Neolithic period, late Copper time and early Iron period have been found.

Moreover, at the coastal region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace you can see the vestiges of numerous aged Greek settlements, for example, Avdira, Maroneia and Messimvria-Zoni. Enrich your senses with the many enchanting taverns, treating your taste buds with local dishes such as Soupies Krasates (cuttlefish in wine), Psomi Spitiko (easy homemade white bread), Koulakli Manti (minced meat dumplings with yogurt sauce) and other delicious Greek goodies!

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