A beautiful place where East meets West, full of myths, history and tradition, offering a wealth of contrasts: the stunning Rhodope mountain range and the natural habitats of the plains, the ancient Thracian Horseman and the Byzantine church of Ai Giorgis, the welcoming taverna owner and the northern European nature lover coming to watch the migration of the spoonbills from the same beach every year. Rhodope welcomes and has much to offer to people with different languages and religious traditions!
Simple and relaxed, a walk in Komotini might take you from the Old Clock Tower and the Yeni Mosque to the tin workshops and from there to the old mansions: the Tsanakleios School, the old Rectory, the Komotini Clubhouse and the Municipal Library. Komotini boasts two exceptional examples of religious architecture: the Metropolitan Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos with its carved wooden iconostasis and portable icon of the Panagia Hodegetria, an outstanding 16th-century work of art, and the beautiful Old Mosque, built in 1608. On the way back, stop off at the antique shops, jewellers, shops selling kavourmas (confit), pastourmas (dried meat), soutzouk loukoum (a kind of Turkish delight with walnuts), tahini (sesame seed paste) and aromatic blends of coffee – and don’t forgot to try the best stragali in Greece (chickpeas roasted in a stone oven).
Lively and diverse, this is a place where locals, students and visitors come together to have fun, enjoying one another’s company, the food, the drink and the music. It’s what Komotini is famous for. Bars, tavernas and nightclubs playing rebetiko, traditional folk and modern Greek music attract visitors from all over Thrace.