• In Komotini, visit the Byzantine Fortress and the temple inside it, as well as the Asylum for the Poor, the Municipal Gardens, Yeni Cami and the city’s museums
• The Vistonida Lake, along with the Porto Lagos Lagoon and Lake Mitrikos constitute one of the most beautiful wetlands of Greece
• Explore the extremely interesting and rich in findings archaeological site of Maroneia, as well as the cave of the area
• Visit the interspersed Byzantine and other monuments of the Prefecture, such as the impossing triarc bridge at the river of Kompsato, the Fortresses of Nymfaia and Gratini, etc
• Visit the villages of the Muslim minority, in particular Kechros
• On January 8th the revival of “Babo’s fest” at the villages of Strymi, Proskynites, Nea Petra, during which women dominate, celebrates gynaecocracy
• The carnival of Sapes is the most remarkable carnival event in Rhodope, with its donkey derbies, the parade of Dionysus, etc.
• On May 14th, the Cultural Events “Eleftheria Thrakis” commemorate the liberation of Komotini and Thrace
• The anniversary of the Battle of the Fortress of Nymfaia is celebrated on April 6th
• Each May the Pan-hellenic Commercial Fair THRACE is being held at the exhibition centre of the Komotini Industrial Area (VIPE)
Perfecture of RODOPI
Region of Easter Macedonia-Thrace Capital town: Komotini Area: Population:
Rodopi is situated in the middle part of Thrace, extending between the Rodopi Mountains and the Thracian Sea. Its capital, the city of Komotini, demonstrates a lively cultural life where both the Christian and the Muslim elements are strongly preserved.
Heady streams, which flow from the Rodopi Mountains, run into the open sea. Lake Mitrikos and Vistonida Lagoon border the Prefecture of Xanthi. Furthermore, the European Footpath Ε6 runs over the mountainous parts of the Prefecture.
The south part of Rodopi has vast sandy beaches; one of the most touristic locations is Fanari. Other significant settlements of the Prefecture is the historic settlement of Maroneia, Iasmos with its numerous manors and Kechros, an overwhelmingly Pomak village.
The first inhabitans of Rodopi were Thracian tribes who intermixed with Greek tribes. During the Roman Era, the hellenisation of Thrace had been completed. Following the foundation of Constantinople in 330 AD, Rodopi became a Byzantine province.
Bulgarian tribes made their appearance during the 7th century AD, followed by the Ottomans in the 14th century AD. The Greek Army entered Komotini in 1913, however the final withdrawal from Bulgaria was finalised in 1920. After the population exchange during 1922 – 23, a number of Muslim residents remained in the wider area.
• Police Department of Komotini: 25310 36790 –Traffic Police: 2531035778
• Sismanogleio General Hospital of Komotini: 2531022222, 2531057100, 2531024601