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Alexandroupoli, Greece Introduction to Alexandroupoli   page 1
The seafront of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The seafront of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, with the Rhodope Mountains rising to the north.
introduction facts and figures area map
Alexandroupoli - transport hub
of the Northeastern Aegean
 
Alexandroupoli is a small, modern city, pleasant though not remarkable, with few tourist attractions. As you can see from the map below, it is the easternmost city and port on the Greek mainland and the most important transport hub in Thrace. Most visitors are just passing through on their way to and from local destinations, the island of Samothraki and the Turkish and Bulgarian borders.

If you are staying longer in the city or a nearby village, or have a few hours while waiting for a plane, bus, train or ferry, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes around the port and in the centre, as well as a few churches and small museums you may like to visit. There are also beaches within easy reach (see page 5: sightseeing).
 

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East Macedonia
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The Faros lighthouse, Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The "Faros" Lighthouse on Alexandroupoli's seafront promenade,
where locals take their evening volta and meet in restaurants and bars.
A pool with an illuminated fountain adorns the foot of the venerable beacon.
 
Alexandroupoli Facts and figures
name: Alexandroupoli (Greek, Αλεξανδρούπολη, City of Alexander),
also known as Alexandroupolis

Named after King Alexander I of Greece, who visited the city in 1920.

Previously, as part of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, it was known as Dedeagach
(Greek, Δεδεαγάτς; Turkish, Dedeağaç).

Alexandroupoli is the site of ancient Greek city of Sale (Σάλη; also referred to as Sala), a colony of Samothraki. See History of Alexandroupoli.

 
country: Greece

location: Alexandroupoli is the easternmost port city in mainland Greece.
It stands on the coast of the Thracian Sea (part of the North Aegean Sea), northeastern Greece; around 14 km west of the mouth of the Evros River
(see page 5: Sightseeing) and the border with Turkey, although
the nearest border crossing is over 30 km away.

Distances:
840 km northeast of Athens
352 km east of Thessaloniki
149 km east of Kavala
121 km southeast of Xanthi
68 km southeast of Komotini
108 km south of Orestiada

43 km northeast of Samothraki island

300 km west of Istanbul, Turkey

All distances are approximate and can differ, depending on routes.

periphery: (administrative region) East Macedonia and Thrace (capital Kavala), which is part of the larger semi-autonomous Macedonia Region (capital Thessaloniki).

For further information about the administrative divisions, towns and cities of Macedonia, see our Macedonia facts and figures page.

For further information about Greece's administrative regions, see our introduction to Greece, Greece page 4: Facts and figures.

regional unit: Evros (Έβρος), capital Alexandroupoli

municipality: Alexandroupoli

area: Municipality: 1,219.9 square kilometres

population: Municipality: 72,959
Municipal unit: 61,702
Community: 58,125
(2011 census)

local time: Eastern European Time (EET)
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours

currency: Euro (€)

climate: Mediterranean (temperate, with wet winters and hot, dry summers)

language: Greek

post code: 681 00

telephone code: +30 25510

website: Alexandroupoli Municipality: www.alexpolis.gr

In Greek and English, although at present
there is not much information in English.
Further information for Greece can be found in our introduction to Greece pages.
Odos Vasileos Alexandrou, the seafront promenade of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Odos Vasileos Alexandrou (King Alexander Street), Alexandroupoli's seafront promenade,
on which stands its landmark lighthouse and a number of grand public buildings
(see Sightseeing in Alexandroupoli).
The evening volta along the seafront promenade of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

"Pame volta" - let's go for a walk. In Alexandroupoli, as in towns and villages all over Greece, people
take their evening constitutional stroll before dinner. Usually the main street or seaside promenade
is the place to enjoy a sunset and the cool evening air, to see and be seen, to meet and greet.
 
Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou in the centre of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou - just another modern street in the centre of Alexandroupoli.
 
A pink house in the centre of Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The variety of architecture in Alexandroupoli reflects its short but eventful history.
 
Alexandroupoli Area map
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Interactive map of Macedonia, Thrace, Central Greece and the Aegean.

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