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ALEXANDROUPOLIS The princess of Thrace… A city dressed in blue Alexandroupolis, the capital city of the prefecture of Evros, is located roughly 30km away from the Greek-Turkish borders. The whole area around Alexandroupolis is a perfect holiday destination because of its advantageous location, the admirable natural beauty and the great history. It is one of the few cities in Greece facilitated with an airport, a port, a railway station and a road network, dominated by Egnatia motorway. HISTORY It started in 1875 as a small village where fishermen used to live. Slowly its population grew. During the Ottoman domination it was named Dedeağaç. The specific name in Turkish means “grandfather’s tree” and is based on a local tradition of a wise dervish, who spent most of his life in the shade of a local tree and was eventually buried beside it. In 1913, during the second Balkan War, it stayed for a while in Greek government but eventually was given to Bulgaria with the Treaty of Bucharest. In 1920 King Alexander the first of Greece liberated Dedeağaç, which was renamed Alexandroupolis. WHERE TO STAY: If you want an exclusive accommodation, you can choose one of the luxury hotels in Alexandroupolis such as the “Thraki Palace”, “Alexander Beach Hotel”, ”Grecotel” and “Nefeli”. There are also cheaper hotels that also provide you a very enjoyable stay.