Tekirdağ Province is a province of Turkey. It is located in the East Thrace region of the country, also known as European Turkey, one of only three provinces entirely within continental Europe. Tekirdağ Province is bordered by Istanbul Province to the east, Kırklareli Province to the north, Edirne Province to the west, and the Gallipoli peninsula of Çanakkale Province to the south.
Tekirdağ is the capital of the province, and the third largest city in European Turkey aside from the Istanbul and Çorlu. It is a part of the region historically known as East Thrace, located on the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe. There are honorary consulates of Greece and Bulgaria in Tekirdağ.
Tekirdağ was called Bisanthe or Bysanthe and also Rhaedestus in classical antiquity. The latter name was used until the Byzantine era, transformed to Rodosçuk after it fell to the Ottomans in the 14th century (in western languages usually rendered as Rodosto). After the 18th century it was called Tekfurdağı, based on the Turkish word tekfur, meaning “Byzantine lord”. In time, the name mutated into the Turkish Tekirdağ, and this became the official name under the Turkish Republic.
Tekirdağ has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and humid whilst winters are cool and wet. Snowfall is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two.