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Drama the Ideal Destination

Drama

The rich history of the area is a mosaic originating in prehistoric times, uninterruptedly spreading into each historic era. Inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age, the region has several prehistoric settlements located on small hills near capital Drama and in villages scattered throughout the prefecture. Archaeological excavations have unearthed finds from the historical times, bringing to light new information regarding the life of the ancient residents of the region. Recently discovered, the temple of Dionysos near the village of Kali Vrissi dates back to the early Hellenistic years. Under the Romans, old roads were repaired and new road networks were constructed with Via Egnatia, the most significant, connecting Rome with Byzantium and passing through the region of Drama. The province became world-wide famous with the visit of Apostle Paul to Phillipi during the winter of 49 AD. With the exception of the city of Drama, there is no evidence of any other large urban centres during the Byzantine period. Ottoman occupation for approximately five and one half centuries posed a huge threat against the continuing presence of the Greek population in the region. However, around the 1840's the growing cultivation of tobacco assisted the financially flourishing Greek communities to develop rich intellectual activity in the cities and towns. The national conflict between Greeks and Bulgarians for control over the region around the end of the Ottoman occupation, led to the Macedonian Struggle. Thanks to the struggles of the people of Drama, the region was liberated by the Greek army around the end of the Second Balkan War and united with the free modern Hellenic State.

Drama

With the peaks of Mt. Falakron rising as a natural shield, natural running waters, high plane and poplar trees casting their heavy shadow over springs with crystal-clear waters, a slow pace of life at the neighbourhoods and parks, hospitable and pleasant residents, capital Drama, in the heart of the prefect, is the most popular starting point for the majority of the visitors in the region. Surrounded by fertile fields, this thriving city of approximately 50,000 is the seat of a metropolitan. The archaeological Museum covers the history of the human presence in the prefecture of Drama from the Mid Paleolithic Age through the modern times, while the Ecclesiastical Museum houses treasures of immense spiritual and artistic value. Near the city at the feet of Mt. Paggaion , the Byzantine Ikosifinissa Monastery, a “spiritual guard of the Orthodox faith”, is visited by thousands of believers each year.

Drama

Nature has gifted the countryside of the Prefecture of Drama with unique habitats of great biological, ecological and aesthetic value. Rich in natural beauty, it constitutes an ideal destination for nature lovers, for the lovers of adventure and for everyone who wishes to escape from the city and come closer to nature. The creation of proper infrastructure including traditional accommodation and dining facilities on mountainous and forest stretches has promoted the area to a heaven for alternative tourism. One of the best in the Balkans, the ski centre on imposing Mt. Falakron, offers comfortable accommodation, restaurant and a ski school, while four mountain shelters provide accommodation for climbing aficionados. At the feet of Mt. Falakron near the town of Prosotsani, the cave of Aggiti River (Maara Cave), unique in beauty and the only aquatic cave in Greece, features stalactites of various shapes and sizes that ornament its interior. The forests of Elatia, the best preserved among the forests in Europe, offer refuge to a large number of rare specimen of the European fauna and flora. The moist, silent and dark forests of the region provide shelter to the bear, the wolf, the wild goat, the golden eagle, the horn-owl and the owl, forming a splendid mosaic of wide variety. Directly linked to the history and culture of the region, various local events, such as the festivities on Epiphany Day, popular traditional celebrations, the international short-film festival, art shows with the participation of artists from the Balkans, the public library, as well as the aggressive network of local associations determine the cultural identify of the region.

Drama

From Athens or Thessaloniki, Drama can be reached by either bus or train. Air travel is facilitated through the airport of Kavala.

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