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Krinides is located in Greece
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Country Greece
Administrative region East Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unit Kavala
Municipality Kavala
Municipal unit Filippoi
 • Population 3365
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΚΒ

Krinides (Greek: Κρηνίδες, before 1926: Ράχτσα - Rachtsa[2]) is a town in the Kavala regional unit in eastern Macedonia, Greece. It was the seat of the former municipality of Filippoi. The ruins of the ancient city Philippi are close to the town. Krinides is situated at the southwestern foot of the Lekanis hills, 13 km northwest of Kavala and 20 km southeast of Drama. The Greek National Road 12 between Drama and Kavala passes west of Krinides.


Krinides was named after the ancient town Crenides. Formerly a possession of the island of Thasos, Crenides was captured by King Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC. He expanded and fortified the city and renamed it Philippi after himself.[3]

Historical population

Year Population
1981 2,811
1991 3,005
2001 3,295
2011 3,365


  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3.  Smith, William, ed. (1857). "Philippi". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 2. London: John Murray. pp. 599–600.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>