Most people rush through eastern Thrace's largest town and transit hub on their way to somewhere else: Samothraki island, Turkey or Bulgaria, or the relative wilds of the Evros Delta and Dadia National Park. The summer heat can be paralysing, and there are no big sights to plan around.
But a few hours or even overnight in Alexandroupoli is hardly a waste of time. Join the crowds on a volta (stroll) on the harbourfront at sundown, or settle in for snacks and drinks in the pleasant pedestrian-friendly streets close to the water. There are also two quality museums, as well as an excellent long, clean beach immediately west of town.