SOUFLI & KOMOTINI
Known as the Town of Silk, Soufli was built in the 18th century and flourished through silk production until the 1980s. Today, very few silkworms are cultivated in the surrounding farms, but silk cloths are produced from local & imported thread into beautiful scarves, ties and shirts. The windows of the town’s shops are bursting with colours, textures and silky sensations. The impressive “cocoon houses”, the buildings for breeding silkworms, are scattered all over town, giving a distinct colour to the architecture. Soufli is also famous for its wine, tsipouro (a local alcoholic drink), and cooked meats.
Komotini is, nowadays, a thriving commercial and administrative centre. At the heart of the city is the Municipal Central Park and the 15 m Heroes' Memorial, locally known as 'The Sword'. The revamped Square of Peace is the focus of a vibrant nightlife enjoyed by the students living in the city. The old town has traditional shops and workshops that have long vanished from other Greek cities. Komotini has several museums including Archaeological, Byzantine and Folklore. There is a Regional Theatre which produces plays all year round. NE of Komotini is the Nymfaia forest with trails, courts, playgrounds and environmental studies area. Within the forest is a Byzantine fortress and the historical fort of Nymfaia.