The mountains of the region -Rodopi, Orvilos, Falakro, Paggaio, and Menoikio-as well as the islands of Samothraki and Thasos, are covered with forests of rare flora and fauna.
Important historical monuments as well as archaeological sites and rare treasures that are hosted in the museums of the area (Samothraki, Komotini, Avdira, Drama, Kavala etc) offer an extraordinary chance to connect with the past; they offer as well the possibility to gather information about the historical and pre-historical past of the region. The traces of the Byzantine Era, such as castles (Pytheion, Didimoteichon, Avantas, Nymphaia etc) or ancient cities (Mosynoupoli, Anastasioupoli etc) are very important too.
Apart from the archaeological museums, in the cities and villages of the region we can visit museums of folkloric art, ecclesiastic, technological (such as the museum of silk or the museum of special craftsmanship) or even natural museums.
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The rich-political, social, and economic- history is also traced at the build-up environment of the department, the visitor can see in the area a characteristic variety of the typology as well as the morphology of the development of the popular architecture and the influence of the diverse styles of western Europe. Nearby the popular buildings, European-like mansions were constructed mostly due to the economic wealth of merchants and industrials of the region, during the 18th and 19th century.
The abundance of the customs and the folkloric festivities is manifest; the visitor can find out in every single village or area, regional customs of Thrace or of Macedonia or even of the northern Thrace and Pontus, all of them habits of people that came into the area as refugees during the period of 1922-23.