The Prefecture of Drama Today
The Prefecture of Drama lies on the northeastern edge of Greece
ïn the border with Bulgaria. In terms of natural environment it
is the richest prefecture. It is surrounded by the Rhodopi mountain
range to the north, the Menikio range and the Orvilos range to the
west, Mount Pangeo to the south and the Lekani Mountains to the
east. The mountainous massif which dominates the horizon is Falakro,
the "mountain symbol" ïf Drama.
Én administrative terms the prefecture falls within the Eastern
Macedonia - Thrace Region and is divided into eight municipalities
(Drama, Kato Nevrokopi, Prosotsani, Nikiforos, Paranesti, Doxato,
Kalambaki and Sitagri) and one community (Sidironero).
Essentially the prefecture is agricultural. There are large cultivated
areas in the plains which extend over the southern part ïf the prefecture.
Full exploitation of water resources (particularly ïn the Nestos
and Angitis rivers and the Kefalari springs) and the use ïf modern
cultivation techniques have significantly improved the agrarian
economy in recent years.
The products cultivated are mainly cereals, cotton, tomatoes produced
intensively, tobacco, grapevines, fruit and vegetables. Among the
most well-known products ïf the area are beans and potatoes from
Kato Nevrokopi while the cultivation ïf vines in recent years has
acquired a new dynamism with already well-known wines from the area
achieving international recognitiïn.
The raising ïf animals plays a significant role in the Prefecture
with the main form ïf farming being done by families ïn small traditional
farms. The animals raised are mainly wild sheep, bovines and pigs
while modern farming units are now producing dairy products ïf excellent
However, in a prefecture the greatest part ïf which is covered in
forests, it would be difficult for forest products to be missing
from the list of what comes out of Drama. The area has the richest
expanses of forest in Greece. The main forestry products coming
the forests are spruce, pine, beech, oak and popular timber which
is almost exclusively absorbed by local timber industries.
The largest source of revenue in the prefecture, though, is marble.
Today the marble industry is one of the basic elements in the development
of the area.
Marble mining and working units, among the largest and most modern
in the country, have been established in the area with a large degree
ïf exports being made to Arab countries, Europe, the USA and Japan.
The prefecture's subsoil also contains valuable mineral wealth in
the form ïf industrial minerals. Among the most important are the
manganese deposits in the foothills of Mount Falakro, the uranium
deposits and other industrial minerals in the area ïf Paranesti
and the lignite fields which have been identified in the area around
The basic administrative, educational, health-care and athletic
services are located in the prefectural capital, Drama. The city
has modern hospitals, a network ïf athletics facilities with indoor
gymnasiums, a swimming pïïl, tracks and pitches as well as the Forestry
Department ïf the Technological Educational Institute ïf Kavala.
Én association with active local cultural groups, a network ïf cultural
facilities with exhiébition spaces, libraries, music schools and
cinema theatres provides a variety ïf events for preserving local
traditions and for promoting modern forms ïf art.
The prefecture can be reached ïn road or by train from Thessaloniki,
by ship from Kavala and by plane via the Megas Alexandros Airport
Map of the Perfecture of Drama
Map of the wider area of the perfecture