Needing some culture? Looking at holidays to Greece is your answer. If you seek a beautiful, relaxing seaside city with a multitude of cultural offerings, then Alexandroupolis is a great pick for a day. The port city embodies a unique style with its modern street plan, picturesque waterfront and beaches, and proximity to gorgeous natural landscapes, all waiting to be explored!
With a day to spend in Alexandroupolis, begin in the center where you’ll find the historical Lighthouse overlooking the port. Getting around is easy enough, but renting a car in Alexandroupolis is the best option, with the freedom of your own vehicle you can really explore the place. There are many cafes around the lighthouse to grab breakfast, or check out Poiotita kai Paradosi for a homemade pastry- their spinach and feta is a specialty!
Wander to Dimokratias Avenue, a few streets inland from the lighthouse, to browse the main shopping street after breakfast. Then, rent bikes by the water to familiarize yourself with the city’s vibrancy and flavor! Ride along the bay, making sure to stop for a Greek coffee at one of the many cafés along the way.
When hunger strikes, head to Taverna Loukoulos for a reasonably-priced lunch down at the seafront. Try their seafood, or sample the variety of appetizers on offer. If you seek a more casual bite, look around for food served in “ladokolla” (wax paper)- an Alexandroupoli specialty!
After lunch, head to the city’s Ecclesiastical Art Museum- one of the best in Greece. You’ll find over 400 religious and cultural relics dating from the 16th-20th century- certainly enough to immerse yourself in for a few hours! If learning about Thrace folk culture and customs is more your speed, head instead to the Ethnological Museum, another great pick for learning about local history. (Or for museum buffs, why not hit both!)
If you feel like browsing more through the center afterward, Myrsini Silk Shop brings specialty silk items from the city of Soufli, and its owner will happily tell you about the city’s silk-producing tradition. Or you could instead catch a bus to the archeological site and cave of Cyclops at Makri, about 12 km west of the city.
Once all that sightseeing has worked up an appetite, settle in for true Greek cuisine at Nisiotiko, specializing in fresh seafood and a warm, friendly atmosphere! Cap off the night with a walk along the beach and a visit to a “Bouzoukia,” a Greek bar where you can listen and dance to traditional Greek music all night long!