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).
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.
Drama 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)
Recently, there have been efforts to exploit the rich local natural environment and to develop ecotourism. Drama also hosts an annual short film festival.
- National & International Short Film Festival in Drama
17-22 September 2012
- Official site of Drama Prefecture
Here you will find multiple links to activities in and around Drama.
- Adventurous Alpine Offroad Tours in Greece
Flora on Mt Falakro
- Virgin Forest Trail 11, Paranesti, Drama
Running competition on forest trails
- Ski center of Mount Falakro
(website is only in Greek)
- Snow forecast at Mt Falakro
- Cave of Aggitis river
Discover the beauty of Cave Aggitis
- Gorge of Petrousa – Pirgi
- Forest of Frakto
The forest is located on the northeastern edge of the Prefecture of Drama below the highest peak of Central Rodopi at 1,953 m. It has been characterized as a virgin forest and is the only such forest in the country and considered one of the most important of its kind in Europe.
- The Forest of Elatia (or Kara Dere)
The area is located in the central and northern parts of the prefecture and extends along the Greek-Bulgarian border area.
- Mountaineering and Ski Clubs – Mountain Refuges
- Archaeological Museum of Drama
- Ecclesiastical Museum of Drama
Accommodation in Drama