Komotini I is the capital of the prefecture of Rodopi and the center of the region of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. It is a modern economic and administrative center of the whole region where the European and oriental elements are perfectly combined in the architecture of the buildings and in the traditional cultures that live together for centuries in the same town.
A fast look in Komotini brings us in the old market with its narrow streets and low houses with tiled roofs, in Hephaestus square, in the most authentic and unfeigned statue of East and West.
Locals and visitors join here gazing the shops with the antiques, jewelries, pastourma and kavourma , soutzouk loukoum and tahini shops, the traditional dry nut shops with their ovens that make the most delicious roasted chick peas in the country, while everywhere in the air spreads the fragrance of baked Greek coffee that comes from the coffee shops of the area.
The prefecture of Rodopi does not lack natural beauty. It offers a variety of attractions and perfectly covers the preferences and interests of its visitors. The mountain of Rodopi with its beautiful, intact nature is a magnet for every visitor.
Just a few kilometers outside of the town, someone can have a walk in the suburban forest of Nymphea and enjoy the coffee in the touristic kiosk located there, looking the entire town and the valley from above.
Slightly higher than the touristic kiosk is the fortress of Nymphea. The place is public to every visitor who can tour in the historical war museum the battles that took place in the region during the Second World War.
For those who like walking or mountain bike, the European hiking trail E6 that starts from Sweden and crosses the green ash with elms, hazels, walnuts and cedars in Rodopi’s mountain sides , rewards with the wide variety of landscape and its altitude.
A great wetland habitat distinguished for its ecological and natural beauty is Vistonida and Ismarida Lake, where someone can find rare bird species.
In the Northern part of the prefecture lie wonderful well-organized beaches but also small and beautiful with steep reddish cliffs.
The cosmopolitan resort of Fanari with the infinite and clean beaches of Ammodi, Mesi, Prophet Ilia, Alkyona, Plataniti and the peninsula of Molyvoti, is one of the most gorgeous places of Rodopi prefecture, where someone can enjoy swimming and taste fresh fish from the restaurants nearby.
Along the coastal zone of the prefecture is located the area named Maroneia, known for its history and noble physiognomy.
The Homeric Era clues, the ancient theater and the sanctuary of Dionysus, the mosaic floor in a house of the 3rd century BC, the wall and the portico of the Roman Era, the tower of the Byzantine fortifications, are examples of an uninterrupted presence of a very important ancient culture in this region.
Anyone visiting the region can wonder the clues of this ancient culture, resting by the plane trees in the village square, gazing the sea, the vineyards and the olive trees.
A beautiful, simple, usual, multifaceted, alive, varied and enjoyable place.
This is Rodopi!