Drama

The springs of Agia Varvara in Drama

Drama, the ancient Drabescus, is a town and municipality in northeastern Greece. Drama is the capital of the peripheral unit of Drama which is part of the East Macedonia and Thrace periphery. The town (pop. 42,501 in 2001) is the economic center of the municipality (pop. 55,632).

2011 Dimos Dramas.svg

Coordinates: 41°9′N 24°8′E

Drama has excellent water resources and may well owe its name to Hydrama (Greek: “having to do with water”), a town which it is believed stood on the same site in ancient times. In the Roman era, Drabescus was a trade center and military camp on the Via Egnatia. Since the Middle Ages it has been known as Drama in Greek.

Byzantine wall in DramaDrama is a land of valleys and mountains with alpine refuges and ski resorts. Glorious forests give home to flocks of birds. Fertile ground and tobacco plantations. Caves with enormous multicoloured stalactites. Rivers whose lyrical waters bubble gently.

 

Drama lies at the foot of Mount Falakro which is called the mountain of flowers by the locals but means literally ‘bald mountain’. A mountain of incredible beauty with ski slopes and well eqipped refuges for climbers. It highest summit – Profitis Ilias, stands at 2232 meters above the sea level. All the refuges have beds, mattresses and blankets, heating, water, and a kitchen. Falakros ski center has one difficult slope, 1000 meters long. (Tel-0521 23.054 or 23.049)

Oros Falakro, Drama 2007

Recently, there have been efforts to exploit the rich local natural environment and to develop ecotourism. Drama also hosts an annual short film festival.

 

 

 External links

Accommodation in Drama

 

 

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