Drama is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its capital is the town of Drama. The regional unit is the northernmost within the geographical region of Macedonia and the westernmost in the administrative region of East Macedonia and Thrace.
The regional units of Xanthi to the east, Kavala to the south, Serres to the southwest and to the west, and the Bulgarian provinces of Blagoevgrad and Smolyan to the north surround Drama.
The northern part of the regional unit, bordering Bulgaria, is very mountainous. The main mountain ranges are Orvilos in the northwest, Falakro in the north, the western Rhodope Mountains in the northeast (including mounts Frakto, Elatia, Koula etc.) and Menoikio in the southwest. The Nestos is the longest river, flowing in the northeast.
The southern part mainly has a Mediterranean climate. The northern part is more continental with cold winters in higher elevations.
The economy of the Drama area relies heavily on the local paper and textile-clothing industries. Other sources of revenue include agriculture, consisting mainly of tobacco plantations, small-scale mining (particularly of marble) and forestry. Recently, there have been efforts to exploit the rich local natural environment and to develop ecotourism. There is a modern ski resort on Mount Falakro. Drama also hosts an annual short film festival.