Nestos River

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    Once next to it lived the ancient Thracian tribe Sapaion, today is the most ideal place for nature lovers, tourists, the friends involved in the sport of kayaking and for those who love sports entertainment. Delta shelters rare animals and birds.

    Nestos River is one of the biggest rivers in Greece. It origins from Mount Rila (2716 m) in southern Bulgaria, between the Aimou and Rhodope mountain ranges. There it is called the Nestos Mesta. Its total length is 234 km, of which 140 kms are on Greek soil. The total watershed to the estuary is estimated at about 5.761 Km2, of which 3.437 Km2 located on Bulgarian territory. The average annual supply of the river is 58 cubic meters per second, while the average annual water parting hurdles more than 1.8 billion cubic meters of water.

    Nestos is the natural border between Macedonia and Thrace. The flow of the river from the Greek-Bulgarian border to the estuaries, in the Thracian Sea, has created a number of different habitats hosting many species of flora and fauna the likes of which no one can meet anywhere in Europe either in quantity or scope.

    One of the rivers with the sudden waters born by Tethys and Ocean, as Hesiod says in his “Theogony”, was the Nessos, god of Thrace and father of Kallirrois. The Nestos of Thoukykidi, Herodotus, Strabo and Pausanias, whose waters are hidden under the thick fog, was Mestus for the Romans and as Mestos is indicated by Anna the Komnini in “Alexiada”(11th century). Thanks to special projects, Nestos irrigates the surrounding plains, obtaining so great economic importance. As a great creator River Nestos, thousands of years now opens the path between tremendous mountains providing water to the soil, plants, animals, humans. It was the driving force for the development of civilizations from prehistoric times. Near it developed numerous Thracian cities..
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