Mayor of Nea Orestiada
Orestiada was founded in 1923 by the refugees of Eastern Thrace. Today
it is a modern town with an advantageous international economic
location, right next to the developing markets of Eastern Europe. The
remarkable works of infrastructure, and the industrial and commercial
activity of the area propagate the upward course of the town.
At the same time, it is a town which boasts of its athletic and cultural activity , an optimistic and creative town.
Municipality of Nea Orestiada is motivated by the deep love and concern
for our area, and fights hard on a daily basis for the progress and
well-being of our town. We also recognize the help and cooperation
Of all bodies but also of our active and creative citizens.
Nea Orestiada is a welcoming town which opens itself to whoever wishes to visit it and discover its beauties.
It is a town worth exploring.
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION (ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΚΗ ΘΕΣΗ)
Orestiada is the most northern municipality of Greece. It is situated
two kilometres away- in direct line- from the river Evros, which
constitutes the natural boundary between Greece and Turkey. By road, It
is 25 km away from Adrianoupolis ( Edirne), 64 km away from the three-
party border among Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, 110 km away from the
capital of the prefecture, Alexandroupoli, 458 km away from
Thessaloniki, and 961 km from Athens. Finally, it is 260 km away from
Konstantinoupolis (Istanbul), 380 km from away from Sofia, and 220 km
away from Plovdiv.It is linked with the rest of the country, by road
and rail, as well as by air through the airport of “Dimokritos” in
FROM ORESTIADA TO NEA ORESTIADA
town was blessed by Metropolite Polikarpos, envisaged by Political
Commander of Thrace Spyros Dasios, and demarcated by civil engineer
Giorgos Magklis in 1923. Its first Mayor, Stefanos Dimitriou exclaimed
pointing at the rainbow: “ Here we will all come to build our
Orestiada, it will become great, it will progress, it will become first
in the area of Evros. Look, the sign is sent to us by God”.
The name of the town and its history
the matricide, haunted by Erinyes (deities symbolizing remorse of
conscience), sought advice at the oracles, where he was told to wash
himself at the confluence of three rivers to expiate his crime. At the
confluence of the rivers Ardas, Evros and Tountzas he washed himself,
he was redeemed and built the town of Orestiada. According to another
version, the Nymphs, who were also called “Orestiades” lived at the
confluence of the three rivers, in the profuse waters and dense
vegetation and this is where the name of the area came from. In this
area, the ancient Thracian people “ Odrysai” had lived since the 6th
century B.C, having Oskoudama as their capital. In 127 A.C, Emperor
Andrianos names the town “Andrianoupolis” and in 1920 the Authorities
name the suburb of Karagatz “Orestiada”. In 1923, during the conference
of Lausanne, our allies submitted to Inonu’s pressures, who demanded
great war indemnities from Greece. Eleftherios Venizelos reacted and
French General Pelle suggested allotting Orestiada (Karagatz) to the
Turks. The inhabitants started to abandon their birthplace and became
refugees. On the 4th of June, 1923 the first refugees arrived and built the new town.
Orestiada, with the creativity and hard work of its inhabitants, is
turning into a wonderful modern town. It is the seat of the
Municipality, which bears the same name, and its best advantage is its
excellent town planning, which is unique in Greece. The latest census
has proved the rapid development of the town. Municipal District of Nea
Orestiada: 17,194 inhabitants. Kapodistrian Municipality of Nea
Orestiada: 21,730 inhabitants (including the Districts of Ampelakia,
Thourio, Lepti, Megali Doxipara, Neo Himonio, Neohori, Patagi, Pyrgos,
Sakkos, Xandras and Valtos).
All forms and stages of education exist in Nea Orestiada.
provide our citizens with four child care stations, ten kindergartens,
seven Elementary schools, one special care school for disabled
children, three Secondary schools, two Lyceums (High schools of General
Education) and two Technical High schools. Moreover, a laboratory of
specialized professional education and training is being run by the
municipality (namely KETEK, IEK and KEK)
fourth branch of the Thracean University of Dimokritos (the other three
being in Xanthi, Komotini and Alexandroupoli) was founded in Nea
Orestiada in 1998, with two individual directions of studies:
Agricultural Development and Forestry, and Environment and Natural
main concern of our Municipality is the perfect running of all stages
of education, brought about by the excellent cooperation among all
educational bodies. Should any problems arise, they come to an
immediate solution making the education offered in Nea Orestiada one of
really high standard.
geographical location of Nea Orestiada, in connection with the
determining changes which took place in the neighboring countries
mainly during the last decade, and the changes being in the pipeline in
neighboring Turkey, make our town a starting point and main attraction
point for development in the broader geographical area.
the short distances of Nea Orestiada from the capitals of the
neighboring countries and the political stability of Greece contribute
to the necessary favorable prerequisites for economic cooperation,
investments and development in the broader area of Eastern Thrace.
the vertical road connection to Egnatia Road, the new industrial area
built, the great works of infrastructure, the designation of Nea
Orestiada as the seat of the Municipality of Kapodistrias, constitute
the best foundations for a successful future course.
Agricultural Development (Αγροτική Ανάπτυξη)
Nea Orestiada is situated right in the middle of a fertile agricultural area fit for cultivation, of 1.050.000 square km ,
with profuse water supplies. The chief financial income comes from
agricultural and stock-raising products. The main occupation of most of
our farmers is the cultivation of corn, cotton, soft-type and hard-type
wheat, potato, asparagus and sunflower. On the other hand, our
stock-raisers are occupied with the raising of cattle, sheep, goats,
Moreover, a modern ostrich-raising unit runs in the Municipal District of Megali Doxipara.
Social Solidarity ( Κοινωνική Αλληλεγγύη)
Municipality provides elderly citizens with three halls of KAPI
(recreation centres for elderly citizens), two of which are located in
the town of Nea Orestiada and the third one in the Municipal district
of Valtos. These centres count with 1,150 registered members and run
social solidarity programmes on:
- Social Care
- Domestic Aid
- Food Provision to citizens in need
- Children’s Creative Occupation Centres
- IT training etc
Development Society holds a great Flower Show every spring in the Grove
of Adrianoupolis, a pine-grove of unique beauty used for recreational
purposes, in the heart of the town.
Culture ( Πολιτισμός)
the premises of our local Folklore Museum visitors can be informed
about the history of Nea Orestiada and the refugees of Karagatz, who
to the cultural activities of the Municipality of Nea Orestiada,
remarkable work has been demonstrated. Annual events have come to be
considered as institutions. There is also a great number of activities
held by various cultural institutions of the area. DEPAO (Municipal
Society of Cultural Development of Nea Orestiada) constitutes a model
municipal enterprise consisting of various artistic sectors such as: a
Drama School with a long and nationally acclaimed contribution to drama
in the area of Thrace, a recognized by the State Music School, an Arts
and Crafts section (painting, wood-carving, hagiography, mosaics,
pottery), a Classical and Modern Dance School. The renowned Municipal
Band as well as the Municipal Library are under the auspices of DEPAO.
the events held by DEPAO, there are various other clubs organizing
events in the area. Some of these are: The Society of the Folklore
Museum with its unique Instrumental Thracean Choir, the award winning
“Apollon” Choir, the Lyceum of Greek Women, and many other cultural
societies and women’s clubs of the Municipal districts and the suburbs.
the year, DEPAO has made efforts towards the production of culture,
through the various cultural events, which have constituted annual
institutions in the area. Some of these are:
· ORESTIA – HISTORICAL MEMORY EVENTS
is a historical memory cultural event, which enjoys huge participation
by the citizens and verifies the National identity of Nea Orestiada and
its existence in Greek territory. It is held annually towards the end
of June and consists of a variety of activities (artistic, musical,
theatrical, recreational) by which the anniversary of the establishment
of the town is celebrated as a tribute of honour and memory to the
people that founded Nea Orestiada. This tribute is brought to life by
honouring the Past, enjoying the Present and envisaging the Future.
events demonstrating honour and piety to the Patron Saints of Nea
Orestiada, Agii Theodori, with the organization of various cultural
events and seminars.
· PANHELLENIC CONTEST OF AMATEUR DRAMA
annually in August where seven drama groups from Greece and Cyprus take
place. The guests of honour and members of the Judging and Artistic
Committee are renowned celebrities in the world of drama. Every
evening, the outdoor municipal theatre is filled with keen spectators,
thus making the “Drama Festival” extremely successful.
· BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL
five-day event, held in mid-winter with literary evenings where
renowned authors present their work. It includes music festivals, a
great book exhibition as well as art and crafts exhibitions.
· MEETING OF LOCAL ARTISTS
sculptors, wood-carvers, poets and novelists, potters and all those who
engage in any form of art, meet in Nea Orestiada in a great group
exhibition, held annually in March.
constitutes one of the most vital activities of the Municipality of Nea
Orestiada. After the founding of DAKO ( Municipal Athletic Centre of
Nea Orestiada) greater attention is paid to the perfect organization of
every sport activity of our municipality.
Athletic Club of Orestiada, with its volleyball department has been a
First Division athletic club during the last decade but it has also
participated in European Cups gaining high distinctions. There are
twelve local football teams, the most important of which is “Orestis”.
The local Tae-kwon-do clubs constitute a notable presence having world
champions and Olympic medal-winners among their athletes.
Mass sports are also widespread. There are fifty-two groups of citizens of all ages and social status participating in them.
most significant athletic facilities of the town are: the National
Stadium, the new indoor stadium, with a capacity of 2,500 spectators
which all the citizens are proud of, the indoor basketball stadium,
modern tennis courts and various football pitches. A modern indoor
swimming pool is under construction, where we aspire to host
Panhellenic and International Tournaments.
Orestiada is one of the very few municipalities in Greece which has not
only a Municipal Radio Station (founded in 1989) but also a Municipal
TV Station operating since 1992, “ORESTIADA TV”. The goal of this
medium- which has successfully been fulfilled until now- is the
information and entertainment of the citizens of the municipality of
Nea Orestiada and the broader Evros area (including the neighbouring
countries, Turkey and Bulgaria).
Orestiada is renowned for its lively nightlife, among other things.
There are traditional taverns using pure products but also lively
nightlife for the young. Bars, cafeterias, dance halls constitute an
attraction in themselves for visitors to come and stay in the town and
experience the unique hospitality of the local people.