Thrace is among Greece’s least visited areas, but it hides unique natural gems and cultural idiosyncrasies. In the north, the Rhodopi Mountains demarcate the Bulgarian border, and are home to the wonderful Pomak villages, whose minarets glisten on the rolling green hills. Eastward, towards the Turkish border, significant migratory bird populations stop at the Dadia Forest Reserve and the Evros Delta on the Aegean, delighting nature- and bird-loving travellers.
Once home to a powerful, non-Greek ancient Thracian civilisation, Thrace's agricultural traditions are attested today by tobacco crops, rolling wheat fields and vivid plains of sunflowers.
The region is notably influenced by its neighbours, Bulgaria and Turkey. Its unique Muslim minorities have roots in Ottoman times, and pockets of Thrace are dotted with mosques, Turkish-style houses and traditional sweet shops.
The largest town, Alexandroupoli, is also the jumping-off point for ferries to Samothraki.