Sights at the Evros Department
In the southern tip of Rodopi Mountains, between two continents, Dadia Forest constitutes the geophysical area where many species of flora and fauna of the Balkan Peninsula, Asia and Europe thrive.
One of the few regions of Europe that so many different species of predator- birds coexist and simultaneously 3 of the 4 types of vulture are found.
The old forests, the rocky environment, the meadows and the grazing lands inside the forest and the many streams with the rich riparian vegetation offer a large number of habitats appropriate for nesting and feed among the different types of species.
At the National Forest Park of Dadia- Leukimi- Soufli pathway you will have the opportunity to discover up-close the secrets of the forest and to enjoy its breathtaking scenery. The pathways differ in a difficulty level, and at the time going through the different points of interest.
The National Park Information Center is there to promote the area’s natural habitat protection, enhance the ecotourism and inform and help to raise the awareness of the ecological values of Dadia Forest.
It is open on a daily basis (including weekends and public holidays), from 8:00 to 16:00pm. Inside the premises of the Center there is a photography- gallery and information for the protected area.
At the southeastern tip of Evros Department, in the boarders with Turkey, Evros River forms an extended Delta, with an international, ecological importance. There are 28 amphibian and reptile species reported in total, more than 40 mammalian species and 46 species of fish.
It is one of the most important wetlands, not only in Greece, but in Europe as well. It has a total extent of 95.000 acres (80.000 overland and 15.000 acres of water surface) and it is at the list of the protected areas of the International Ramsar Convention/ Agreement, due to the important species that it hosts.
Moreover, part of Delta is characterized as a Special Protected Area and it is suggested as a Community Interest Site at the Natura 2000 Web.
Thousands of birds find shelter at the Delta of Evros all the seasons of the year.
One can see and distinguish the following habitats:
- Riverside vegetation
- Scrub trees
- Wet meadows with rushes/ bulrushes
- Underwater vegetation of salty- brackish waters
- Lagoons- fresh water vegetation
- Halophytic vegetation
- Sandy vegetation
Visitors at the Delta of Evros Information Center will have the chance to participate in daily organized tours that take place all year around. The tours include information by projector, safe conduct at the wetlands by an Operation Center bus and aquatic routes by the traditional boats- plaves. During the tour, visitors are provided with the necessary observation- equipment like telescopes and binoculars.
Famous for the silkworm rearing and the local natural silk. The three- stores mansion Brika operates as a Municipal- History Museum with extended reference to the town’s history, while it hosts the rich silk exhibition of the Friends Silk Club, named Pupae.
The houses with the unique architecture, known as cocoon- houses, are usually two- stores high, whereas there are some one- store or three- store high. They are build of stone, wood and red brick. Also visit the old silk- factory named Jivre.
Unique is also the tour at the coastal area between the archaeological sites of the Mesimvria Zone and Maronia, till the port of Saint Charalambos. You can see the passing of time at Thrakis region over the centuries at the ruins of Ancient Ismara. The travelers that love the authentic experiences could search for the cave- church of Saint Theodores, the village, the mines and the famous Kirkis Villa.
More historical and religious monuments at the Evros Department are the church of Virgin Mary Kosmosotira and the aqueduct in Feres. The archaeological site of Dorisko. The archaeological site of Traianoupolis, the hot springs of Traianoupolis etc.
From Alexandroupolis starts an extended 25 km long coastline that ends up at the archaeological site of Mesimvria.
The Blue Flag beaches of the Department offer visitors a variety of choices. The well- organized beaches start from EOT- coast next to the city till the Red Rocks beach at Chili. If you go a little further you will find Saint Georges beach and Agia Paraskeuvi beach at Makri village with the traditional taverns and the most remote ones at Dikela and Mesimvria.
Beaches that satisfy all the tastes, sandy and rocky, busy and organized. The silting of the big river forms ideal conditions for families with small children that can swim in shallow waters with safety.
EOT Blue Flag seacoast is the nearest to the city. Red Rocks and Delfini with the endless coastline are beaches ideal for short trips while Makri is a different case. Olive groves that reach the sea, deep crystal clear waters that can be compared to those in Chalkidiki and fish taverns with Samothrace’s view.
Finally, a little further you can visit the popular beach Agia Paraskeuvi that is perfect for water sports, coffee and drinks. Surely whatever you choose you will definitely be touched by the beauty of the North Aegean Sea.
In Leptokarya, a 650 meters slope from the sea and 32 km from Alexandroupolis, the Sarakatsanian Club of Evros Department has reenacted a Sarakatsanian settlement. The representation of the summery Sarakatsanian settlement is a living museum and a recreation area.