Discover the natural beauty of Alexandroupolis
Alexandroύpolis, a city filled with history and encircled by natural beauty. Situated on the coast of Thrace, Alexandroύpolis had its beginnings in the 1800s.
Founded by Turkey, the settlement was named Dedeaga - meaning "grandfather's tree". Eventually the settlement grew into a fishing village. It was annexed by Imperial Russian during the war of 1877 to 1878. The Russians designed the village with large parallel streets to facilitate the easy movement of troops. By the end of the war the Ottoman Empire had regained control.
A railway station was built in the village and thus it quickly developed into a town and played a minor role in trade. Bugarian forces along with the Hellenic Navy occupied the town on 8 November 1912; however it fell to the Greek forces on 11 July 1913. The Treaty of Bucharest though returned the town to Bulgarian rule.
Following World War One, the Treaty of Neuilly gave Greece possession of the area whilst the Bulgarians could use the port. Greece took over the city on 14 May 1920. King Alexander I of Greece visited the city which was renamed Alexandroύpolis in his honor. Bulgaria had not given up though. In World War Two the annexed the city. Peace eventually returned to the region and the city began to grow.
One of the most popular attractions in Alexandroύpolis is the Lighthouse which began operating in June 1880. Built out of boulders, the lighthouse reaches a height of 27 meters. The Holy Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Nicolas was beautified by the locals who decorated it with icons from the city gate of Ainos. Many sacred items from the church are found in the Ecclesiastical Museum. This grand Cathedral was inaugurated in 1901.
Nearby this splendid city you can experience the magnificence of nature at the Evros Delta. This stunning landscape offers a variety of important habitats fro migrating birds as well as supplying the area with vital resources. The exquisiteness of the islets, lagoons and salt marshes will leave you breathless. Further inland you will discover the Dadia Forest, a safe haven for several species of birds of prey. Designated a protected area since 1980, the area has a great diversity of flora and fauna. Visit the Eco-Tourist Center to learn more about this amazing region.
There are many lovely hotels in Alexandroύpolis. Alexandroύpolis' hotels offer great views, outstanding service and great facilities. Organise a flight to Alexandroύpolis through your travel agent. You can also find great deals on flights to Alexandroύpolis online. You may consider car hire in Alexandroύpolis to make day trips to other cities in Thrace.
Alexandroύpolis is a city of diversity, filled with cultural experiences, a rich history and surrounded by natural splendor.