Evros – Villages

The villages and the towns of the Evros  are scattered throughout the region. The capital, Alexandroupolis, naturally dominates, as it is the largest city and the center of all activities. The characteristic of the Evros, which forms the border of three countries, makes each one of the villages of the region distinctive.

The county has a total population of about 150,000 inhabitants.

According to the national administrative division of territory, KALLIKRATIS, implemented in Greece on 2010, Evros is divided into five municipalities: • of Alexandroupolis • of Orestiada • of Didymoticho  • of Soufli • of Samothrace.

The villages of Evros is estimated to be more than 150, but it is certain that those who decide to visit them cannot decide which one to admire and choose first!

  • Spileo

  • Megali Doksipara

  • Sakkos

  • Palea Sagini

  • Neos Pyrgos

  • Vrysi

  • Giatrades

  • Sitaria

  • Issaakio

  • Asimenio

  • Tavri

  • Giannouli

  • Mavroklissi

  • Petrolophos

  • Mega Derio

  • Geriko

  • Itea

  • Melia

  • Pylea

  • Gemisti

  • Vrysoula

  • Kavisos

  • Monastiraki

  • Πόρος

  • Poros

  • Doriko

  • Perama

  • Komaros

  • Avra

  • Atarni

  • Plaka

  • Panorama

  • Kimisi Theotokou Village (Dormition of the Virgin Mary Village )

  • Ennato

  • Amphitrites

  • Agnantia

  • Fylachto

    In Fylachto of Evros, you can admire the petrified forest, with trees and plants aging about 40 million years! It is 50 kilometers from Alexandroupolis.

  • Tychero

    Tychero is 49 kilometers from Alexandroupolis to the northwest. It is a pioneer in matters of crops and is located near the petrified forest.

  • Soufli

    In Soufli, 65 kilometers from Alexandroupolis, there are many attractions of the 19th century, when the city prospered from the processing, production and sale of silk.

  • Sidiro

    Sidiro, 25 kilometers northwest of Soufli, is a Pomak village, built in a lush environment. It has 465 residents, most of whom are Muslims.

  • Sidirochori

    Sidirochori, a big Pomak village in Evros is characterized by stone houses built at a distance from one another. It is 8 kilometers from Mega Dereio.

  • Roussa

    Roussa is the best architecturally preserved village of Pomaks in Evros. Around the village s located the famous Tekke and the megalithic tombs of 1100 BC.

  • Protokklisi

    Outside the village of Protokklisi are found ruins of a prehistoric temple that are identified with the Temple of Pluto that Orpheus built in honor of his wife Eurydice.

  • Provatonas

    Provatonas is located on the national road linking the northern and southern Evros. At the square stands the magnificent church of Saint Paraskevi.

  • Mikro Dereio

    Mikro Dereio is located on the Greek-Bulgarian borders in the center of the prefecture of Evros. It is one of the few villages in the region that have a Christian population.

  • Mandra

    From Mandra of Evros begins a beautiful journey of 22 kilometers through a dense forest, which results in Mikro Dereio. Mandra is 9 kilometers from Soufli.

  • Lyra

    The village of Lyra is built on the banks of Evros near the Dadia Forest. Its few inhabitants are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry.

  • Lykofos

    In the village of Lykofos near Soufli operates a camping site amidst the lush hills. From the village starts a path to the Dadia Monastery.

  • Lefkimmi

    Lefkimmi, near the Evros River and the outskirts of the Dadia Forest constitutes a starting point for excursions to the great biotopes of the region.

  • Lagyna

    The village of Lagyna, 10 kilometers south of Soufli, is famous for its fish taverns, which serve freshwater fish from Evros, such as sazania (carps) and gouliani (catfish).

  • Lavara

    The village of Lavara is located on the national road that connects Soufli with Didymoteicho. It is a town with a long history since the Turkish rule.

  • Kyriaki

    Kyriaki of Evros is located in the middle of the route from Soufli to Pomak villages. The road is provincial but the landscape among the dense trees is impressive.

  • Kotronia

    Kotronia is surrounded by the Dadia Forest in Evros. It is a remote village with few of the houses being inhabited now.

  • Korymvos

    In Korymvos visitors can see the old church of Taxiarches, built in 1800, as well as the new one that replaced the old one and was built in 1983.

  • Kornofolia

    The settlement of Kornofolia is located just outside Soufli. Its monastery with the icon of Panagia Portaitissa attracts many pilgrims.

  • Dadia

    The village of Dadia, built at the entrance of the Dadia Forest, will be both a stop and a starting point for your tour in the forest that encompasses 73,000 acres.

  • Goniko

    Goniko is a big Pomak village in Evros, on the borders with Bulgaria. It has a minority primary school. Important tourist attraction are the rock paintings of 1100 BC.

  • Amorio

    Amorio, built on the banks of Evros is 7 km from Didymoteicho. In the village, there is a church of Saint Demetrius of 1921 as well as other temples.

  • Chelidona

    The settlement of Chelidona, on the borders with Bulgaria to the west, leads to the burial mound of Mikri Doxipara, one of the major attractions of Evros.

  • Chandras

    Chandras is a settlement of Evros, built in the valley between the rivers Ardas and Erythropotamos. In Chandras live 200 people (2011).

  • Fylakio

    Fylakio is a large village in northern Evros, built by the Ardas River. It is connected to the opposite bank by a bridge leading to the village of Elia.

  • Sterna

    Sterna is located in the north of the prefecture of Evros, 10 kilometers north of Orestiada. The inhabitants come, according to the tradition, from the Peloponnese.

  • Rizia

    Rizia, on the bank of Ardas next to Kastanies, is located in a natural environment of exceptional beauty and attracts many visitors to the beach of the river.

  • Ptelea

    The village of Ptelea in Evros is located just outside Ormenio. The inhabitants of the villages come from the modern Bulgaria. In the village operates a folklore museum.

  • Plati

    The village of Plati on the north bank of the Ardas River in Evros was created by the villagers of Bara and Gualia that do not exist today.

  • Petrota

    Petrota of Evros is a traditional village with stone houses located near the northern borders with Bulgaria. It is 50 kilometers from Orestiada.

  • Pentalofos

    Pentalofos near the northern borders of the country in Evros is a traditional village among vast plains and low hills.

  • Patagi

    Patagi, 10 kilometers southwest of Orestiada, has one of the most important religious sites in the region, the post-Byzantine church of Saint Nicholas.

  • Palli

    The settlement of Palli in Trigono of Evros is located on the main road linking Dikaia with Ormenio. It is 38 kilometers from Orestiada.

  • Ormenio

    Ormenio is the most northern inhabited settlement in Greece. Outside the village operates a customs office for the passing to Bulgaria and the town of Svilengrad.

  • Orestiada

    Orestiada is the second largest city of Evros. It is a modern city, built in 1923 by refugees of Karaağaç (Adrianoupolis).

  • Neochori

    Neochori, 7 kilometers west of Orestiada, is the head village of Marides, a group of indigenous Thracians living in 13 villages of the area of Erythropotamos.

  • Neo Cheimonio

    Neo Cheimonio, on the National Road Didymoteicho – Orestiada, was inhabited by refugees from Eastern Thrace, who came from the village of Megalo Zaloufi.

  • Nea Vyssa

    Nea Vyssa of Evros is the northernmost town in Greece. Its inhabitants come from refugees from the current Turkish town of Bosna near Adrianoupolis.

  • Mikri Doxipara

    Near Mikri Doxipara is located the unique, in Greece, burial mound of the 2nd century AD, where were found buried horses and carriages, which are excellently preserved.

  • Milia

    Milia is the last village in the west of the northern part of Evros, on the borders with Bulgaria. It is built on the Ardas River.

  • Μαράσια

  • Marasia

    Marasia in Evros is known for the “Lady of Marasia”, Vasiliki Lampidis, who has been hoisting the Greek flag for 50 years at the border outpost.

  • Κυπρίνος

  • Kyprinos

    Kyprinos is one of the largest villages on the banks of the Ardas River. The dam and the river bridge that connects the two banks are located at a distance of 8 kilometers.

  • Κριός

  • Krios

    Krios is located in Trigono of Evros, in the valley between the rivers Ardas and Evros. Its residents arrived in 1923 from the village Ortakci of Adrianoupolis.

  • Κόμαρα

  • Komara

    Komara is one of the biggest villages in the area of Trigono, the first one someone encounters when passes the Ardas bridge towards Ormenio.

  • Κέραμος

  • Keramos

    Keramos is located on the south bank of the Ardas River in Evros. It has about 250 inhabitants engaged in agriculture (cereals, corn, sugar beet, cotton).

  • Καστανιές

  • Kastanies

    Kastanies, the northeastern road border of the country, is located on the banks of the Ardas River, in a beautiful natural environment with water being the dominant element.

  • Καναδάς

  • Kanadas

    From Kanadas village to the bank of the Ardas River, during the summer months you can cross the concrete road that passes through the water and leads to Rizia.

  • Καβύλη

  • Kavyli

    Kavyli is located on the National road that connects Orestiada, Kastanies and Nea Vyssa. It is a big village and its residents are engaged in agriculture.

  • Θούριο

  • Thourio

    Thourio is located in the northern Evros between Orestiada and Didymoteicho. In this settlement, you will find shops for essentials, food, medicines, etc.

  • Therapio

    Near Therapio, on the north bank of the Ardas River in Evros, there is the dam of the river and a bridge that connects one bank to another for pedestrians and cars.

  • Ζώνη

  • Zoni

    In the area among the villages Zoni, Mikri Doxipara and Chelidona there is a burial tomb at which visitors can see buried carriages and horses.

  • Elaia

    Elaia or Elia is a riverside settlement on the north bank of Ardas. A 500 meter long bridge leads to the opposite village, Fylakio.

  • Dilofos

    Dilofos, 32 kilometers from Orestiada, is located at the Triethnes of Evros. Here meet the borders of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.

  • Dikaia

    Dikaia in Evros is located at the north end of Greece on the borders with Bulgaria. Dikaia mark the end of the railway on Greek soil.

  • Galini

    Galini is an abandoned settlement on the borders with Bulgaria. It is the first village the Ardas River encounters after entering the Greek territory.

  • Valtos

    You will encounter the village of Valtos in the middle of the route from Orestiada to the unique, due to the buried carriages and horses, burial mound of Doxipara.

  • Arzos

    The village of Ardas is built on the north bank of the Ardas River in northern Evros, in a natural landscape of exceptional beauty with many trees and running waters.

  • Ampelakia

    Ampelakia is a hilly village whose residents are mostly engaged in agriculture. Its residents come from Marides, an ancient Thracian tribe.

  • Ammovouno

    Ammovouno on the banks of Ardas River in Evros is located between the villages Kyprinos and Fylakio. Its residents come from the tribe of Gagauz.

  • Chionades

    Chionades in the area of Metaxades is the village at the highest altitude in the region and is very often covered with snow during the winter months.

  • Stathmos

    In the village of Stathmos is located the railway station of Pythio. It presents a special architecture due to buildings built in 1920 by the French administration of trains.

  • Sofiko

    Sofiko was created by the refugees of the villages Lili and Costi of Eastern Thrace in 1923. It is located after Pythio, on the way to Orestiada.

  • Sitochori

    Sitochori in the center of Northern Evros is one of the villages of Marides, indigenous Thracians that have common cultural features and particular costumes.

  • Savra

    The village of Savra is located on a green hillside on the bank of Erythropotamos, 17 kilometers west of Didymoteicho.

  • Rigio

    In Rigio of Evros have been discovered three tombs that seem to have many similarities with the large cist tombs of Macedonia.

  • Pythio

    Pythio in Evros is known for its Byzantine castle with its two towers surviving until today in very good condition.

  • Prangi

    Prangi of Evros is located on the banks of the Evros River, 1.5 km from Turkey in an area with vast meadows.

  • Polia

    Polia is a settlement of the Northern Evros very close to the Greek-Bulgarian borders. It is built in the valley of Erythropotamos, close to Metaxades.

  • Poimeniko

    The village of Poimeniko is located 13 kilometers southwest of Orestiada. The inhabitants belong to the tribe of Marides, who derived from the ancient Thracians.

  • Petrades

    Petrades in Evros is a traditional village, very close to Turkey. Along with Pythio, they are the easternmost land border of the country.

  • Paliouri

    Paliouri is one of the most picturesque villages of the northeastern Evros. The traditional stone houses have been standing there since the Ottoman era.

  • Neoi Psathades

    Neoi Psathades, settlement in Didymoteicho, was created by refugees of Psathades of Eastern Thrace and is just 4 kilometers away from their old village.

  • Metaxades

    Metaxades at the the Greek-Bulgarian borders is a picturesque stone built head village, with unique, because of the beige stone, architecture in the region.

  • Mani

    In Mani of Evros has been operating since 2009 the Folklore Museum of Marides, with exhibits of the Marides tribe that has been continuously living in Thrace since antiquity.

  • Ladi

    The village of Ladi had been built in the middle of the route that connected Didymoteicho with Ortaköy (current Ivaylovgrad of Bulgaria) and used to be a stop for rest.

  • Lagos

    The village of lagos in Evros, known for its military facilities, took its name from the many rabbits that existed and still exist in the area.

  • Kyani

    Kyani is one of the villages of Marides in Evros, in the valley of Erythropotamos, near Didymoteicho.

  • Koufovouno

    Koufovouno is 5 kilometers from Didymoteicho and is known for the Vouva cave, which gave its name to the village.

  • Karoti

    Karoti is a village in Northern Evros near Didymoteicho. Its residents belong to the family of “Marides”, indigenous descendants of the ancient Thracians.

  • Thyrea

    In Thyrea, on the road from Didymoteicho to Orestiada, has been traced a large burial mound with a height of 10 meters in which bronze war objects were found.

  • Evgeniko

    The village of Evgeniko in Evros was named after Eugene Eugenides, its benefactor, who funded the water supply of the village.

  • Ellinohori

    Ellinochori in Evros probably took its name after the liberation in 1920 to prevent the Bulgarian claims in the region.

  • Elafochori

    In Elafochori, in the settlement of Daphne, has been revealed an ancient Thracian underground built tomb of the 4th-3rd BC century, similar to the Macedonian ones.

  • Doxa

    The village of Doxa on the Greek-Bulgarian borders was named like this because it was rebuilt during the 50s after the disasters suffered in the civil war.

  • Didymoteicho

    In Didymoteicho, 2 kilometers from the borders with Turkey, you can come across one of the most significant Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Thrace.

  • Vrysika

    In Vrysika of Evros, in the middle of the route from Didymoteicho to Metaxades, operates a Folklore Museum with a rich collection of exhibits of the 19th century.

  • Asproneri

    Asproneri, a community of the northern Evros near Metaxades has always been a purely Christian village. Its inhabitants belong to the tribe of Marides.

  • Asvestades

    Asvestades is a small semi-mountainous village 14 kilometers west of Didymoteicho that retains very strongly the traditional element, the manners and customs.

  • Alepochori

    Alepohori in Evros is famous for its post-Byzantine church of Saint Athanasios in which there are excellent frescoes, although the church is architecturally humble.

  • Αβδέλλα

  • Avdella

    The settlement of Avdella, just outside Metaxades, retains to a certain degree the special architectural style of the area that is characterized by the beige stone.

  • Φέρες

  • Feres

    Feres, 6 kilometers from the borders with Turkey, is one of the main starting points for a visit to the Evros Delta.

  • Trifylli

    Trifylli is built on a hillside near the Dadia forest. Formerly it was called Pasmaktsi because of the fabrics (pasmades) that were made there.

  • Sykorrachi

    Sykorrachi at the western edge of the prefecture of Evros, on the borders with Rhodope, is famous for its taverns with local meat and good prices.

  • Πεύκα

  • Pefka

    Pefka of Evros is a hilly village with refugees from Santa of Pontus. It is located north of Traianoupolis, 16 kilometers from Alexandroupolis.

  • Πέπλος

  • Peplos

    Peplos is built very close to the Evros River on the country borders. It has about 1,000 residents and a school that gathers students from the surrounding villages.

  • Νίψα

  • Nipsa

    Nipsa, a hilly village of Evros, over Traianoupolis, was inhabited in 1924 by Pontian refugees, as happened in the neighboring villages.

  • Μέστη

  • Mesti

    Mesti, on the limits of Evros with Rhodope, is mainly inhabited by Muslims. In the village operates the Christian church of Saint George.

  • Messimvria

    Messimvria in Evros, opposite Samothrace is mostly known for the archaeological site of Zoni – Messimvria with the impressive findings.

  • Μάκρη

  • Makri

    Makri is a coastal town east of Alexandroupolis with a small natural harbor, busy beaches, many taverns and grill houses.

  • Λουτρός

  • Loutros

    Loutros is the biggest village in the region of Traianoupolis, with the thermal baths and the archaeological site.

  • Loutra

    In the settlement of Loutra in Traianoupolis are gathered many people who want to visit the thermal baths of the area and admire the archaeological site.

  • Leptokarya

    Leptokarya is the highest village in the Southern Evros and is 33 km away from Alexandroupolis. Here is built the traditional Sarakatsani settlement.

  • Κοίλα

  • Koila

    Koila near Feres in Evros, had been inhabited by Pontian refugees from Sourmena and Samsun. Today it was few residents.

  • Κίρκη

  • Kirki

    The village of Kirki, northeast of Alexandroupolis, is known for its abandoned mines located 3 km away from the village.

  • Kipoi

    Kipoi is the last village from which a traveler passes to go to Turkey. Its trademark is the Bridge of Kipoi that is half Greek and half Turkish.

  • Δορίσκος

  • Doriskos

    Doriscos is the newer settlement created there where was the Ancient Doriskos, between Traianoupolis and Feres in Evros.

  • Δίκελλα

  • Dikella

    Dikella, a coastal settlement near Alexandroupolis, combines mountain and sea in an environment full of olive groves.

  • Αρδάνιο

  • Ardanio

    Ardianio is a riparian settlement on the banks of river Evros and is inhabited by refugees of the Eastern and Northern Thrace, from the village of Rhodoni.

  • Antheia – Aristino

    Antheia and Aristino constitute a twin settlement near Traianoupolis of Evros. Their residents are refugees from Eastern Thrace.

  • Alexandroupolis

    Alexandroupolis, with the 60,000 residents, is an ideal place to relax and a base for excursions to the entire Prefecture of Evros.

  • Aisymi

    Aisymi is a hilly village of Evros near Alexandroupolis. There, a few years ago, was founded the Museum of Sarakatsani Tradition.

  • Αετοχώρι

  • Aetochori

    Aetochori, outside Alexandroupolis, was built by Pontic Greek refugees from Santa of Pontus, in 1925.

  • Άβαντας

  • Avantas

    In the village of Avantas in Alexandroupolis, there are remains from medieval castles and the church of Saints Theodores, which is built inside a cave.

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