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Archaeological Tourism


Xanthi, land of Orpheus, of Democritus from Avdera, the great physicist and father of the atomic theory, of the teacher Lefkippos, of the most famous sophist Protagoras, birthplace of our great musician Manos Chatzidakis, and of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Christodoulos.

Myth and history are lost in the depths of time; however, the lyre of Orpheus has left behind its colours in the valley of river Nestos, where its melodies blend with the sounds of the river and the rich fauna, where nature’s palette displays its most intense hues.

Mythology comes alive where Hercules created lake Vistonida. According to the myth, he performed his eighth labour in Porto Lagos, where he captured the horses of Diomedes, by opening up a channel to the coast, through which the sea flooded the low-lying parts of the valley.

The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times; archaeologists have found a prehistoric settlement from the Neolithic era at Lafrouda.

Ancient Greeks, Persians, Macedonians, Byzantines passed through this region at times leaving behind traces of their civilization, spiritual life, art, economic growth, artistic quality, rich social life, religious worship, as well as signs of expansionism and destruction. Dozens of archaeological sites have been unearthed throughout the prefecture. Numerous major centres were developed, which enjoyed great prosperity in antiquity, such as Avdera, which were established by Avderos, a companion of Hercules, according to the myth. The region experienced particular growth, due to shipping, trade and agriculture, as verified by the archaeological objects, inscriptions and coins found during the excavations at Avdera.

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