Komotini, the capital of the Rhodope prefecture, is located in the middle of the Thracian plain, at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains. It is a city that surprises with its diversity and strong swings. Perfectly combining the old with the new; the Byzantine city walls coexist with modern shopping malls; the neoclassical buildings with the modern houses, the traditional cobbled streets with the major highways, the churches’ steeples with the mosques’ minarets. Because of its location, Komotini is a crossroad of cultures and religions with Christians and Muslims living together peacefully and creatively.
The city of Komotini is known for its cultural and educational life. The events of "Elefthéria", "Cultural Summer", "Folk Events festival" along with the "Regional Theater", the "Democritus University" and the "Open University" are some of the city’s cultural and educational official institutions. Main site hosting the above mentioned festivals and events is the open-air theater in the heart of the city, next to the green park of Agia Paraskevi with the homonymous chapel of the city's patron saint. Browse yourself through this historic town and let the monuments take you to other eras and cultures of both, Europe and Asia, continents.
Visit the ancient settlement of Maronia, the impressive Cyclops’ Cave, and the ancient villages of Ergane, Dikaia and Strymi. Also, visit the picturesque Pomaki village of Arogi and Vistonida and Ismarida wetlands with their rich biodiversity. For nature lovers, located 6 km at the north of Komotini, there is the famous forest of Nymphaea; an ideal place for walks, sports, leisure and environmental educational activities. Follow the road through the forest leading to the Byzantine Fortress and the historic Nymphaea Fort. Take a moment there ... and just breathe in the crisp air!
- The remains of the wall of the Byzantine settlement, downtown
- The Tower Clock
- The Old Town and its Market
- The Armenian neighborhood
- The Yeni Mosque
- The Imaret (poorhouse) of Komotini
- The Archaeological Museum
- The Folklore Museum
- The Church Museum
- "Caratheodory" Museum
- The Church of the Assumption, built in the 1800s
- The Eski Mosque
- Tsami’s dense forest and picturesque mill
- “Kaggeles” beach as well as the beaches near Fanari village
- The ruins of the Byzantine city of Gratian, 19 km from Komotini
- The Papikio Mountain, 20 km from the city
- The medieval bridges, near Paterma and Poliantho villages
- The Neolithic settlement near the village Paradimi, 12 km from Komotini
- The ruins of the Byzantine Mosynoupoli, 5 km from the city
- The ruins of Anastasioupolis, at the limits of the counties of Xanthi and Rodopi
- The Thracian meteors, a scenic landscape with wildlife and wild horses, northern of Iasmos town
How to get there
Travelling by car
To reach Komotini from Athens, you can drive via the National Highway from Athens to Thessaloniki (750 km distance - 7 hours journey) and then via Egnatia Highway heading for Kavala, Xanthi and finally for Komotini.
Travelling by bus
You can also take the Intercity Bus (KTEL Bus of Komotini) from Kifissos Intercity Bus Station (8 hours journey). For more information click here.
Travelling by train
You can also take the train from Athens's main Railway Station.
For more information click here.
Travelling by car
To reach Komotini from Thessaloniki, you can drive via Egnatia Highway (250 km distance - 2 hours ride).
Travelling by bus
You can also take the Intercity Bus (KTEL Bus of Komotini) from Thessaloniki Intercity Bus Station (2 hours and 30 minutes journey). For more information click here.
During your stay in Komotini, you can be served for health issues:
General Hospital of Komotini which is located at 45, Sismanoglou street, Phone: (+30) 25313 51100.
Useful phone numbers
Police Station of Komotini: (+30) 25310 34444
Fire department: (+30) 25310 22199
General Hospital of Komotini: (+30) 25313 51100
Intercity Bus Station of Komotini: (+30) 25310 22912
City bus: (+30) 25310 31796, 22303
Train Station of Komotini: (+30) 25310 22650
ΤΑXΙ: (+30) 25310 37777