The lighthouse, Alexandroupoli’s emblem
The lighthouse stands 27m tall, six storeys of stone steps, and its light can be seen 37km away. It’s hard not to notice the city’s main and most luminous attraction, which has stood in the port since 1880. Tirelessly guiding seafarers, on nautical maps it is still listed with the town’s old name, Dede-Agats.
The Evros Delta, a way station for flying migrants
When it comes to artistic flair, Nature is the real ‘old master’in these parts. The Evros Delta is a nature lover’s dream. Fresh water mixes with the sea to create a rich wetland habitat and vital sanctuary for large numbers of water birds. Of Greece’s 400 species, 300 hundred pass through here, while the river itself boasts 46 kinds of fish, 7 amphibian, 21 reptile and more than 40 mammal species.
The Dadia Forest Ecotourist Reserve: Discover Greece’s wild nature
Sixty kilometres outside of town, the amazing Dadia Forest is another magnet for bird watchers and nature lovers travelling to Alexandroupoli. The hiking and birdwatching trails within the hundreds of thousands of acres in the reserve will bring you close to eagles, hawks, vultures and dozens of other majestic birds.
Panagia Kosmosotira, a church on the frontier
At Feres, next to the bridge crossing the border between Greece and Turkey, is the church of Panagia Kosmosotira, important both ecclesiastically and architecturally. The religious complex and the monastery it was part of were built in the mid-12th century, and are among the most significant sights in the area.