Day 11: Unknown Greece – Meeting of two cultures
Drivefrom Kavala to the delta of Nestos river, one of the most important sites for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds, passerines and raptors. In the Delta of Nestos, which is located in the borders of Kavala and Xanthi, have been recorded 254 species of birds, including rare and endangered species. The landscape in this wetland area is of some extraordinary beauty and peace.
Drive to Komotini, one of the most important cities in the district of Thrace. Komotini is a famous student city and widely known in Greece for its significant Turkish-speaking Muslim minority (about 40% of the city’s population). That is why the Turkish presence is very much felt in the culture, the architecture and in everyday life of this Greek city.
Further drive to Xanthi. Xanthi is widely known for its great annual spring carnival, which includes concerts, theatrical plays, music and dance nights, exhibitions, a cycling event, street games and reenactment of old customs. The old city part is of great architectural importance and beauty, as it combines many Byzantine Greek churches with neoclassical mansions of Greek merchants from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as mosques from the Ottoman period.
After your tour in Thrace, you will return back to Kavala. Dinner and overnight stay in your booked hotel.