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Dadia

Built at the foothill of Rodopi, the village of Dadia was founded by lumberjacks who according to the tradition took shelter there in order to survive a deadly epidemy. In the documents of the Ottoman Empire, Dadia was referred to as "Ciam-Kebir" meaning the "village of the Great Pine". The name “Dadia” is recent and associated with the pine trees and the fire-brands (“dadi”) which are used as tinder or for light. It is located 66 km NE of Alexandroupoli.

Sightseeing

  •  The ruins of a Byzantine castle on "Gibrena" peak.
  •  The beautiful forest of Dadia covering series of forested hills which form part of a low mountain massif at the extremities of Rodopi known as "Evros Mountains". The forest of Dadia is a protected region since 1980. It is situated on the crossroad of Europe and Asia and near the easternmost migratory route of many species of avifauna. Moreover, it offers shelter to many bird species as well as other species which belong to the Balkan, Asian and European flora and fauna. One can also observe the rarest predatory species in Europe. The black vulture (Aegupius monachus) - there are currently some 25 birds - is the officially protected species of Dadia forest and it is also the emblem of this habitat, which hosts one of the last populations of Eastern Europe. The whit—tailed eagle (Haliaetus albicilla), the rarest predatory bird in Greece, still nests in the area as does the imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca). However, there is only one nest of this rare species. In Dadia we have recorded 219 bird species, 40 serpents and amphibians, 36 mammal species as well as rare plants. The protected area extends over two core surfaces of 72,500 square km and includes beautiful forests and the surrounding region, in total 280,000 square km.
  •  The Ecotourism Center (500 m to the south of Dadia) comprising of guest rooms, a bar/cafeteria and the Information Center, which organizes regular trips to the forest.
  •  The predatory birds’ observation post located about 3 km away from the Information Center.
  •  The fossilized forest of the region of Fylaktos (Municipality of Tychero): It was created by the favorable fossilization conditions and is directly associated to the volcanic activity of the area 25,000,000 years ago. The fossilization is excellent, as the external morphologic characteristics of the tree trunks have been perfectly preserved. Pieces of fossilized findings can be seen in the courtyard of Fylaktos Center of Domestic Work and Handicraft as well as the park of the village. In the outskirts off the village you can see 25 million year old fossilized oak tree which is 19 meters long. In Tycheros Tourist center located at the entrance of the village next to the lake, you will have the opportunity to observe a small exhibition comprising samples of fossilized findings of the surrounding area.
  •  The village Lefkimmi (10 km to the west of Tychero) with remarkable churches.

Activities

  •  Bird watching.
  •  Hiking.
  •  4x4 routes.
  •  Mountain bike.

Useful Phone Numbers

  •  Dadia Ecotourism Center: 25540-32.209
  •  Municipality of Dadia: 25540-51.360
  •  Soufli Forest Service: 25540-22.221
  •  Tychero tourist center: 25540 – 41.840

 

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