is a town in northeastern Greece. Drama is the
capital of the prefecture of Drama. The Drama
prefecture is part of the East Macedonia and Thrace
In the Roman occupation era, Drama was known as
Dravescus (Δραβήσκος), and it had been a trade
center and a military camp on the Roman Via Egnatia.
The economy of the modern-day Drama area had heavily
relied upon the local paper and clothing industries
during the previous years. However, these industries
have moved across the border to Bulgaria, with a
devastating impact on the local community's economy
and employment. Other sources of income include
agriculture, consisting mainly of tobacco
plantations, small-scale mining and forest industry.
Recently, there have been efforts to take advantage
of the rich local natural environment and develop
ecotourism in the area.
There is a modern ski resort on Mount Falakro. Drama
also hosts an annual short film festival.
Drama, the capital of the named prefecture, is built
in the foothills of the Falakro Mountains, in an
area of rich vegetation and plentiful water and is
traversed by the River Nestos and its many
During antiquity it was named Dirama or Idrama. In
the Byzantine period Drama knew great cultural
prosperity, which continued during the period of the
Makedonian Empire from c 9th to c 11th. Numerous
Byzantine churches made their mark in that period.
It also prospered during the classical period.
The towns pleasant appearance, its centers several
old assortment of institutions, is complemented by
proper street planning, its parks and its many
Byzantine churches. The town of Drama is surrounded
by large wooded plains and encircled by remarkable
settlements like Nea Amisos, Sevasteia, Taxiarchis
or Sipsa, Sadik Tsiflik, Pasali, Timotheos and
others. It has a lively cultural, social and
athletic life and every year it hosts the Festival
of Short films. During the festivities for the
anniversary of its independence on July 1, many
cultural events take place, lasting a week. In the
greater area many ancient Greek ceremonies are still
carried out, taking on a festive character, in
honour of Dionysus, the God of wine in the Festival
of Lights. Thus you can become acquainted with the
special traditional costumes, masks, dances and rich
garments. Religious celebrations take place in
Mavlolevki, Anastenaria and in Kali Vrisi with the "
Festival of the Grandmother ".
Beautiful valleys and mountains, mountain lodges and
ski centres, enchanting forests, flocks of birds,
fertile land, endless areas of tobacco fields, caves
with wonderful multicoloured stalactites and rivers
of crystal water, sum up the complexity of Drama.
The mountain regions are suitable for hunting but
one must first find out in which periods and
locations it is permitted.
The beauty of the Elatio forest is incomparable,
with its pines, beeches, willows and red firs, a
rare tree which can grow up to 50m. in height.
Doxato, known for its sacrifices, during the Battle
of Makedonia, is a beautiful commercial town with a
lovely market, only 10 km from Drama. A tourist spot
is Nevrokopi, very near to Bulgaria, Paranesti with
access to the river Nestos, with its fertile banks,
and Prosotsani with the Mara Caves and the wonderful
colours created by its stalactites.