One would think that I should be familiar with my country’s beauty. And, yet, I was overwhelmed by the allurement of the landscapes discovered during my recent trip to Thrace (*). As Thrace is quite far from Attica, we, Athenians, are rather reluctant to spend our holidays there, hence, to my shame, this was my first visit to this province. I was relatively acquainted with its history and archaeological treasures but was unprepared for the vast valleys covered in ancient olive groves, blossoming sunflowers, vineyards, crops, and fruit trees. There are richness and abundance in the land, expressed not only in its fertility but the cordiality of the locals as well who often go out of their way to make the visitor feel at home.
To any nature lover who would be interested in connecting with this corner of Europe that is still pristine and emanates a rare welcoming energy, I would suggest just hiring a car and roaming around. The distances are small, so don’t be afraid to explore unmarked dirt roads or follow undecipherable traces. From the fir-covered mountains around the Pomakohoria villages close to the Bulgarian borders in the North to the azure beaches on the south; from the rich banks of Evros River on the East to the lush riverside of Nestos River on the West: be adventurous and bold, you won’t be disappointed.
There are six destinations, though, that should be on your agenda, so plan accordingly to enjoy them to the maximum. [Read more…]