New Orestiada is the newest and northernmost city of Greece. It was founded in 1923 by refugees who fled Adrianople and Karagatz (both in modern day Turkey) after the Greco-Turkish Treaty of Lausanne and it is the capital of the namesake province.
The city is located in the north of Thrace, in the Prefecture of Evros, in the middle of a fertile agricultural area with 100,000 hectares of farmlands and abundant water from the nearby rivers of Evros, Ardas and Erythropotamos. The city's economy is largely based on agriculutre.
With a population of 20,000 inhabitants, Orestiada is characterized by its nice town plan, its numerous monuments, its financial strength, its rapid reconstruction and its continuing population growth, the latter providing further evidence of the city's growth and potential.
Every summer, at the end of July, the Youth Meeting of Ardas takes place in the village of Kastanies, near the Ardas river.