Soufli is built by the banks of River Evros in the form of an amphitheatre on the slopes of the hill of Ai-Lias, just below Rodopi Mountains. It is located in Thrace (Northern Greece) at about 65km from Alexandroupolis. Soufli became internationally renowned at the end of the 19th century due to its ideal location on the crossroads of east and west - the Silk Road as it was called. At that time, Soufli experienced great economic growth. It was the trading and administrative centre of 60 villages on both sides of River Evros.
To this day, the town is reputed all over Greece for its unique silk embroidery. This is why sericulture is what defines the architecture of Soufli. The cocooneries are well ventilated and built of brick and stone thus ensuring the right conditions for the breeding of the silk worms. In the various silk shops, most of which are located in the town centre, you can find a wide range of silk garments,scarves,napkins, tablecloths all entirely handmade. On my last visit to Soufli, I purchased this lovely tablecloth which decorates nicely my dining table and brings back memories of the Silk City.