|The region of Thrace occupies the northeastern corner of Greece. It is the place where the East meets the West in perfect harmony, as it is the connecting link between Asia and Europe, a special place with a very rich history, relatively untouched by tourism. Neolithic finds, antiquities dating from the Hellenistic era, Roman and Byzantine monuments, can be found everywhere in Thrace. To the north it meets the Rhodopi mountain range, whose foothills become fertile plains to the south.
Beyond the sea lie Thrace's inland waters. The lakes and wetlands of Thrace are truly wildlife sanctuaries, among the most important in Europe, with perhaps more than three hundred protected species of birds. Two hundred thousand wild birds - sea eagles, storks, pheasants, wild ducks, herons and even swallows gather here, where Mediterranean sea borders on Lake Vistonis, to spend the winter season.
Thrace is a great mosaic of a land, great in time and space, in the pages of history and in the history of the struggles waged by man. At every step, one hears Thrace singing melodiously of its history. Perhaps because it was here that Orpheus was born to attain mystical deification. Perhaps because it was from Thrace that Dionysos set out his intemperate wandering to places of revelry and initiation into divine mysteries.
This is a land of contradictions; of Byzantine churches, monasteries, mysticism and action, a cosmopolitan atmosphere beside a museum, a monument, a wall, a lighthouse, an old factory. The Macedonian tomb built underground at Stavroupolis, the castle of Kalyvia and the vast archaeological site of Abdera, the birthplace of Democritos, are places of exceptional fascination for the visitor.
Komotini is a garrison city, only 22.5 kilometres from the Bulgarian frontier, and the capital of Thrace, with pleasant broad streets and squares. It is a flourishing market centre for tobacco, cattle, hides and agricultural goods. The city is linked by bus and train with Athens, Thessaloniki and all major cities of Greece. An Olympic Airways bus connects Komotini with Athens through Alexandroupolis' airport daily.
Daily buses connect Athens with Xanthi, Komotini and Alexandroupolis. Daily train connections between Athens, Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis and between Thessaloniki, Xanthi, Komotini and Alexandroupolis. In addition, there are many buses interconnecting the main towns in Thrace.