The second part of our Road Trip, as you already know, is about the two cities of northern Greece. Alexandroupoli and Xanthi!
Alexandroupoli here we go!
Based on Soufli, we took the road to beautiful Alexandroupolis, which is just 40-45 minutes away. Finally, I have come to the conclusion that Soufli is the perfect place to live if you want to discover Evros and its surrounding areas. Located in the center with equal distances from major cities.
I close the parenthesis and go back to Alexandroupolis! On our way, we met many small villages with few permanent residents, drowned in the green and surrounded by absolute tranquility. One of them was Kornofolia Evros with the famous Holy Monastery of Panagia Portaitissa. Then followed Provatonas, Tychero and other ones, until at some point we saw Alexandroupolis, the capital of Evros.
A city full of life
As soon as we got in the city, we understood why everyone is talking with the best words about the east and west crossroads. Beyond the two main streets, Alexandroupolis is full of small sights that are bustling with life. Cafes and restaurants for all the cravings. Of course, we drank our coffee while we saw the people who were going to the shops!
An hour later and with an ice cream on our hands, we went down to the most beautiful spot of Alexandroupolis, its lighthouse! A landmark for all of its coastal piece. Ideal place for long walks and cafes overlooking the sea. We walked both central and in coastal. We enjoyed the sun and the sea.
With no excess, Alexandroupolis has nothing to envy from other large urban centers. There is no way to get bored with so many people and so many different choices to spend your time. With this good mood, we boarded our car and started to Xanthi.
Xanthi a town full of mansions
After an hour and something, Xanthi welcomed us with the fabled Old Town. Starting from the central square with the tall clock and the perimeter cafes, we climbed up to discover the beauty of the buildings and the architecture of another era. The first word that came to our minds by walking was multiculturalism. People of different religions and cultures live and coexist in the same place.
A few meters further down, we saw the beginning of the Old Town with its paved streets and traditional houses. Colorful sights, full of restaurants and cafes. We spent some time in the cobbled streets and enjoyed this unique architecture that makes the place unique. Lovely mansions decorated with flowers on the windows. Within the narrow streets we discovered the Folklore Museum housed in a traditional home, the Kougioumtzoglou mansion, and then we saw the square with the Metropolitan Church of St. John the Baptist.
Let’s take something to eat
Scents of Oriental food were “scattered” everywhere and since an hour had already past, our stomachs protested, so we decided to sit down in a characteristic restaurant in the area. The meze bar! Wonderful food, at least the variety of meat and the salad of the shop we chose. At affordable prices, too.
Returning to the car we renewed our appointment with the city of Xanthi as we could not miss the opportunity to see the Nestos Delta and Lake Vistonida. If you want to see Part A of the road trip do a walk in our blog.
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