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Greece’s Soufli Among “Best Tourism Villages” 2021

SoufliThe village of Soufli has been listed as one of the “Best Tourism Villages of 2021”. Credit: Taver, CC BY-ND 2.0

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Madrid named the Greek village of Soufli as one of the best tourism villages of 2021.

Soufli in the Evros regional unit is notable for the silk industry that flourished there in the 19th century. It stands on the eastern slope of the twin hill of Prophet Elias, one of the easternmost spurs on the Rhodope Mountains.

It is situated in the center of the Evros regional unit, 65 km north of Alexandroupoli and 50 km southwest of Orestiada. The village center is only 500m from the Evros River.

Grecian Delight supports Greecegreece museums greek cultural heritageThe Greek village of Soufli has a storied and unique relationship to silk production. Credit: Silk Museum in Soufli

Soufli is world famous for its production of silk. The silk production in Soufli has a long history dating from Byzantium ages. The families of Soufli that were involved with the silk industry could not even imagine that this “noble” raw material would be widely used one day.

Soufli is the only city in Greece and Europe to be involved with the silkworm rearing and processing of yarn taken from the cocoon. Silk produced in Soufli is of high quality, often considered better than the Chinese. This fact combined with the European monopoly gives a great perspective on the region of Soufli.

The Silk Museum presents the different phases of sericulture, or silk farming, and silk manufacturing in detail and focuses on how the town of Soufli, in Evros, became a major silk-producing center in the late 19th through to the mid-20th century.

At the museum, visitors will learn about all the details from each phase composing the cycle of sericulture and discover the stages of silk manufacturing through authentic exhibits, supported by audiovisual material.

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