Elatia, Drama

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Entering the forest village of Elatia.
Entering the forest village of Elatia.
Elatia is located in Greece
Coordinates: 41°28.84′N 24°19.5′E / 41.48067°N 24.3250°E / 41.48067; 24.3250Coordinates: 41°28.84′N 24°19.5′E / 41.48067°N 24.3250°E / 41.48067; 24.3250
Administrative regionEast Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unitDrama
Municipal unitSidironero
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)25240

Elatia (Greek: Ελατιά, Ελατιάς), until 1927 known as Kalyvia Koutra or Kara Dere (Greek: Καλύβια Κούτρα, Καρά Ντερέ, Καράντερέ, Bulgarian: Кара дере[1][2][3]), is a forest village in Northern Greece near the border with Bulgaria. It is the administrative center of the Karantere forest. The settlement, which became part of the community of Sidironero in 1927, was dissolved in 1940.[1]


After the Russo-Turkish War the village of Elatia (Kalyvia Koutra or Karadere) remained within the borders of the Ottoman Empire and its population consisted of Pomaks[4] and occasionally some Sarakatsani families who used to stay there in summers. It was acceded to Greece after World War I. Its name was changed to Elatia (Ελατιά) in 1927.[2] The village was depopulated in the period 1919–1934,[3] most probably in 1923 as a result of the Treaty of Lausanne. Since then the village remained a place for Sarakatsani in the summers, and nowadays it serves as a center of the forestry enterprise of Elatia mountain and as a tourist station and mountain refuge.


  1. ^ a b "EETAA local government changes". Archived from the original on 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  2. ^ a b Λιθοξόου, Δημήτρης. Μετονομασίες των οικισμών της Μακεδονίας 1919 - 1971 (in Greek). Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b Simovski, Todor (1999). Atlas Of The Inhabited Places Of The Aegean Macedonia. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu. p. 55. ISBN 975-16-1103-2.
  4. ^ Мехмед, Хюсеин (2007). Помаците и торбешите в Мизия, Тракия и Македония (in Bulgarian). София. p. 57. Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 3 December 2008.

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