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Rhodope (regional unit)

 

Rhodope (regional unit)

Rhodope
Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Ροδόπης
Regional unit
Municipalities of Rhodope
Municipalities of Rhodope
Rhodope within Greece
Rhodope within Greece
Coordinates:
Country Greece
Region East Macedonia and Thrace
Capital Komotini
Area
 • Total 2,543 km2 (982 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 112,039
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Postal codes 69x xx
Area codes 253x0
ISO 3166 code GR-73
Car plates ΚΟ

Rhodope (Greek: Ροδόπη, Rodópi, ) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its name is derived from the Rhodope Mountains, which cover the northern part of its territory. Together with the regional units Evros and Xanthi, it forms the geographical region of Western Thrace. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Komotini. The second largest town is Sapes. Most of the Muslims of Thrace, the only officially recognized minority in Greece, are settled in this area, where they form around half of the population.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Administration 2
    • Prefecture 2.1
    • Provinces 2.2
    • Sites of interest 2.3
    • Beaches and resorts 2.4
  • Transport 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

Rhodope borders on the regional unit Xanthi to the west and Evros to the east, and on Bulgaria's Kardzhali Province to the north. The Aegean Sea lies to the south. The eastern Rhodope Mountains cover the northern part of the regional unit. Apart from the mountainous areas, the territory consists mainly of farmland, forests and grasslands.

The southern and the central part have a mainly Mediterranean climate, and the northern part a mainly continental climate with cold winters.

Administration

The regional unit Rhodope is subdivided into 4 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):[1]

In 2015 this regional unit has three seats in the Hellenic Parliament.

Prefecture

Rhodope was established as a prefecture in 1930 (Greek: Νομός Ροδόπης), when the former Thrace Prefecture was divided into the Rhodope and Evros prefectures.[2] In 1944 Xanthi Prefecture was created from the western part of Rhodope Prefecture. Since the 1990s Rhodope cooperated with Evros in the Rhodope-Evros Super-prefecture.

As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the prefecture was transformed into a regional unit within the East Macedonia and Thrace region, with no change in its boundaries. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below.[1]

New municipality Old municipalities Seat
Arriana Arriana Fillyra
Kechros
Organi
Fillyra
Iasmos Iasmos Iasmos
Amaxades
Sostis
Komotini Komotini Komotini
Aigeiros
Neo Sidirochori
Maroneia-Sapes Maroneia Sapes
Sapes

Provinces

Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece.

Sites of interest

Beaches and resorts

  1. Petrota beach
  2. Synaxi beach
  3. Marmaritsa
  4. Agios Charalampos' beach
  5. Kangeles, near Maronia
  6. Platanitis
  7. Alkyona
  8. Proskynites' beach or Kryoneri
  9. Profitis Ilias
  10. Imeros' beach
  11. Karousmilou
  12. Molyvoti
  13. Chrysophora islet
  14. Glyfada's beach
  15. Paralia Mesis (with Blue flag 2014)
  16. Arogi's beaches (1 of them with Blue flag 2014)
  17. Fanari beaches (2 of them with Blue flag 2014)

Transport

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Kallikratis reform law text PDF
  2. ^

External links

  • Rhodope Internet Portal
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