Drama is a land of
valleys and mountains with alpine refuges and
ski resorts. Its forests are home to flocks of
birds. Fertile ground and endless tobacco plantations, caves with enormous multicolored stalactites, and rivers
whose lyrical waters bubble gently, the scenery in the
region is simply magical and the people hospitable . The prefecture capital bears
the same name, Drama. The town due to its abundant
water that flows through it, is lush and green and is
perched above acres and acres of tobacco
fields. The area is also the home of the famous Niko Lazaridi Winery which produces some of the best wines in Greece and is known internationally for their Château Nico Lazaridi, and the Rosé Nico Lazaridi.
Drama lies at the
foot of Mount Falakro which is called the mountain
of flowers by the locals but means literally 'bald
mountain'. A mountain of incredible beauty there
are ski slopes and well equipped refuges for
climbers. All the refuges have beds, mattresses
and blankets, heating, water, and a kitchen.
Falakros ski center has one difficult slope, 1000
Mara's Cave at
Kokinogies, about twenty kilometers from Drama is
filled with stunning colored stalactites, some of
which are 2 meters in diameter with their tips
touching the surface of the water. Why not take a
hike through the wonderful forest of Elatia (70
km. north of Drama), where amongst the pines, oaks
and willows, the red fir grows, a very rare tree
in this country, whose height often reaches 50
metres. Southeast of Drama (10 km.) is the pretty
market town of Doxato, with facilities for
tourists and a reputation for fun and high
spirits. The Bounar-Bassi springs, with running
streams and enormous trees, are just 3 kilometres
away at the foot of Mount Kouslari.
Hotels in Drama
Drama has one or two exceptional luxury hotels as well as many very comfortable family run economy hotels. Hydrama Grand Hotel (photo) is housed in an old tobacco warehouse in
Dráma, right opposite from Agia Varvara water springs. The hotel has a hot tub and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a bottle of local wine from their well stocked wine cellar. Combining classical and modern architectural elements, Xenia Hotel is located in the centre of Drama Town. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The family-run Emporiko Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation with TV and free Wi-Fi. Rooms feature balconies overlooking the city square or municipal gardens. Located in the centre of Drama, Hotel Marianna offers tastefully furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and private balconies overlooking the town. It has a bar with a spacious
lounge, serves buffet breakfast and features free bike rentals. Outside of the town the Kouros Hotel features a pool with sun terrace, a poolside snack bar and a classically decorated bar-restaurant. It offers a 24-hour front desk, a fitness centre and air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi.
See also Skiing in Greece and Winter in Greece. Thank you to Robert Wallace and Fantasy Travel for their photos.