Rodopi - Thrace (Greece)
Rodopi. Rodopi is the central prefecture of the Greek district Thrace, it borders to the north with Bulgaria, to the west with the prefecture of Xanthi, to the east with the prefecture of Evros and to the south with the Aegean Sea. The prefecture, and also the name of big mountain in the north, were named after a woman called Rodopi, according to Greek Mythology she was daughter of Ocean and Tithia.
The contrast between the Rodopi mountain mass in the north and the large plain of Komotini in the south is one of the most striking features of this area. The nature is very diverse; mountains, canyons, rivers, valleys, plains but also beautiful beaches. Of the approximately 2500 sq.km. area, 828 sq.km. is mountainous, 828 sq.km is hilly and 900 sq.km. is flat. In Rodopi are many streams springing from the mountains and flowing to the south in the Aegean Sea.
Also the climate between the north and south is different. In the north, in the mountains, the climate is continental, while further in the south it becomes Mediterranean.
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- Ancient Maronia that was founded by colonists from island Chios in the 7th century BC. Excavations brought to light an ancient theatre, a sanctuary, buildings, fortifications walls and more.
- Byzantine Maronia: Ones it was a prosperous harbour. Excavations brought to light many ecclesiastical buildings, the atrium of the early Christian Basilica and more
- The municipal park of Komotini
- The Nimfea (Nymphea) forest is very beautiful. According to Greek mythologyNymphs used to live here. Here you will also find the Byzantine fortress that was built to protect against barbarian invasions.
- The Archaeological and Ethnological Museums of Komotini
- Anastasioupolis - Peritheorion: located near Lake Vistonia, a fortification da
- In the village Mischos you the remains found are from the Byzantine city Mosinoupoli (formerly the city was called Maximinianoupoli)
- Papikios Mountains: On the border with Bulgaria are the Papikio Mountains. Here was once a centre for Byzantine monks located that flourished until the 15th century.
- Sapes: a traditional town surrounded by pines and oak, famous for its carnival.
- The rich flora and fauna at the lakes Vistonida and Ismarida.
- The Meteora of Thrace: imposing rocky mountains in the northwest of Komotini.
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