Xanthi, the city of unique emotions and special beauty
With landscapes of magnificent natural beauty, a long history, wonderful architecture, crossroads of cultures with customs and traditions that get lost in the depths of centuries and hospitable people, Xanthi with its special character, will make you find what you were looking for.
Discover every beautiful corner of it. A walk in the Old Town of Xanthi will fascinate you! Amphitheatrically built surrounded by green hills, it stands out with the neoclassical mansions, the squares, the old churches, the cobbled alleys and the flowery courtyards of the houses. Here you will find the Folklore Museum, the Municipal Gallery and the Daniel Mansion, where Manos Hadjidakis was born.
Make an appointment in the Central Square with the clock, a landmark of the city, visit the Bazaar of Xanthi, one of the largest and most famous bazaars in the Balkans, full of colors, sounds and aromas and also the famous Tobacco Warehouses, well-known throughout Europe
Discover the monasteries and churches of the city. Among those that stand out are the monasteries of Panagia Archangeliotissa, Kalamos, as well as Taxiarches.
At relatively short distances from the city of Xanthi you will find landscapes of unparalleled natural beauty. Some of them are the Archaeological site of Abdera, Porto Lagos with the monastery of Agios Nikolaos built on two small islands in its lagoon, Lake Vistonida, the waterfall of Livaditis, the forest village of Erymanthos and, of course, the river Nestos with its Delta and its Straits (the famous meanders).
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Xanthi
The local cuisine of Xanthi is rich and the various influences from the east and the west have created a wonderful cultural mosaic of flavors. In the taverns, it is worth trying ouzo with: yogurt kebab, traditional soutzoukaki, lamb with yufkades, tsigerosarmades, pork or chicken with sauerkraut, sausages, dolmades, kavourma, pastourmadopita, prassokreatopita, fresh fishes and seafood. Accompany your food with wines of excellent quality that are produced with vinification of local varieties such as Roditis, Athiri, Assyrtiko, Xinomavro and Negoska.
Apart from good food and wine, Xanthi has been known for many years for its excellent quality sweets. Do not forget to try and buy: cariocas, exquisite syrup-honey sweets (baklava, kadaifi, ekmek, saragli, walnut pie, samali, revani), kazan dipi, seker pare, tavuk gioshau, kiounefe, muhalebi , nougat, loukoumia and soutzouk lukum.
Best time to visit Xanthi
During the weeks of Carnival to experience the unique feeling of Xanthi’s Carnival, where city residents, students and visitors create a unique festive atmosphere!
In September, when the alleys of the Old Town are transformed into a colorful festive setting with the Old Town Festivals and in the summer to splurge on one of the largest river parties in the Straits of Nestos or do sports activities by the river.
How to use transportation in Xanthi
Transfer from/to Xanthi
If you do not have your own car, there are other ways to reach the city.
Buses run daily from Athens and Thessaloniki to Xanthi. The distance from Athens is 705 km while the distance from Thessaloniki is 205 km.
An alternative transportation option is by train from Athens and Thessaloniki with daily itineraries while the nearest airports are those of Kavala and Alexandroupolis.
To move in Xanthi, it is good to have your own car. But even in case you do not, there are bus routes that connect Xanthi with most settlements in the prefecture. Alternatively, you can rent a car on the spot.