the capital with a total population 50.000, a small town in
first residents of the area created a settlement dating back
to 5000 BC in one of the town's neighborhoods. In later times
the worship of Dionysus I think makes a landmark in our almost
forgotten history. Dionysus was the god of wine -- and fun and
theater. The Drama plains still produce some of the finest
Greek wines. A lot of different tribes, peoples, and nations
passed and added their own incredients to the soup: Thraceans,
Macedonians (Hellenes), Romans, Byzantines, Jews, Franks,
Ottomans. Drama was also the capital of a greater province
during the Roman and Ottoman rule. Dramalis, actually Mahmud
Dramali pasha, an Ottoman local ruler started a campaign to
stop the Greek Revolution in the south, but was defeated
end of the 18th century and the beggining of the 19th century
the people of Drama, most of them Christians and of Greek
origin, took active role in the Macedonian Struggle in order
to gain their freedom and to unite with the free modern
Hellenic State. It took almost 10 years, but at the end of the
Second Balcan War Drama was liberated by the Hellenic Army
(July 1, 1913).
Etymology: There is a
number of theories regarding the origin of the name. The most
popular claims that it comes from the word YDRAMA (pronounced
ee-drama), the place with many water springs. During the years
the initial ypsilon (Y) was dropped leading to the modern name
DRAMA. However, it is almost proven that the modern town
evolved from the ancient town of Dravescus.
the word Drama has both in Greek and in English a very
different meaning. So it is very common to hear people from
other places to say something like life in Drama must be
drama, i.e. tragedy. Try to avoid saying that; you don't
really want to hear how "original" you joke sounds!
Furthermore, I can tell you that this just isn't the case!
Drama is well known in the region as a party place: it has the
best bars, clubs and tavernas in the greater area. Come and
join the groove!
Sightseeing's: - The
Falakro mountain, the bald mountain. It have not many
trees but you can't even imagine the diversity of the
vegetation; no wonder it is aso called the mountain of the
flowers. During the winter you can also enjoy skiing at the Falakro
ski center. The Frakto virgin forest, a asset of mother
nature, unique in Europe.
- The Maara
cave, the Alistrati cave, the monastery of Ikosifinisa, the
Nestos valey. You can visit it by car or take the organized
tour by train. The Nestos dams. The 3 hydroelectric power
stations of the Public Power Corporation produce more power
than any other hydroelectric plant in Greece.
to Drama: By plane.
Drama doesn't have an airport. You will have to use the
Macedonia Airport (Thessaloniki) or Kavala's Airport. Finally
Ellenikon (Athens) is your last choice. Of course in either
case you will have to use another means of transportation to
Drama is 2 hours away from Thessaloniki (158 Km), and 30 to 40
minutes from Kavala (36 Km). Athens is a little bit further
away, but you can make it in 9 hours (670 Km).
By bus. You
can use the public bus service (aka
to travel from Thessaloniki and Athens to Drama. As all
students in Thessaloniki know, the bus needs 2 hours and 15
minutes to Thessaloniki no matter what the weather or traffic
conditions are! (If you did this trip for 6 years you would
also know...) You can ask for more information at the bus
terminals in Athens (+3 210 5130220) and Thessaloniki (+3 2310
You can use the
Railways (aka OSE) to travel to Drama. The trip takes
hours from Athens. You can also use the train to come from
Thessaloniki, but it costs more than the bus and takes almost
1.5 hours more! For more information call +3 210 5240647
(Athens office), and +3 2310 517517 (Thessaloniki office).
Named after the father of Alexander the Great, it is known to
be the site of the defeat of Caesar's murderers, Brutus and
Cassius, by Octavius in 42 BC, and of the first recorded
preaching of St Paul in Greece. Today it is one of Macedonia's
most extensive archaeological sites.
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