Xanthi - Greece cities
This Thracian city is an aromatic blend of cultures and landscapes with a colourful carnival and a host of holiday possibilities.

It’s in the aromas from the chimneys and from Xanthi’s garlic plantations, the smell of the sea and the Rhodopi Mountains’ cool breeze. It’s also the mosaic of cultures, races and religions that come together here, creating a uniquely historic combination of people. It’s the colourful Carnival and festive open-air market. There’s a special ambience here and you can’t exactly put your finger on it. But you’ll feel it as soon as you arrive. Welcome to Xanthi.

What to do in Xanthi

The stately Old Town of Xanthi

Xanthi’s Old Town is glamourous and elegant. In the cobblestone streets and grand mansions of the wealthy tobacco merchants, you’ll find traces of a glorious era. Their stately multicolour homes have painted walls, wooden windows and flowering gardens. Inside they’re decorated with tasteful, handmade furniture, stained glass windows and ornately carved doors. Worth a visit are the Town Hall, built in 1830, the Municipal Gallery on Orpheus Street and the Folklore Museum of Xanthi.

Lake Vistonida and Porto Lagos: Where land and water become one
Nature lovers will find their paradise here. From the source of the Nestos River until Abdera, and from there until Porto Lagos and Lake Vistonida, you’ll find a majestic blend of earth and water. The soil here in this corner of Greece is irrigated by the river’s fresh water. This then merges with the salty sea and between the reeds you’ll discover a refuge for rare birds, fish and other animals. Pure and peaceful, this scenery invites you to become one with it.

At Pomakohoria, a cluster of villages
‘Is this even Greece?’ you’ll wonder. At Pomakohoria – a cluster of interesting little villages – the unspoilt landscape has not been altered by surrounding influences, and nor have the people. Many say the locals, with their blond hair and blue eyes, are the descendents of the Agrianes, the army of elite warriors led by Alexander the Great. Today they live in the foothills of the Rhodopi Mountain range, preserving their cultural identity.

A colourful carnival
Every year Xanthi hosts the most brilliant, beautiful and colourful carnival in northern Greece. All of the city’s cultural communities come together to celebrate and recreate old customs. Although the Carnival has evolved over the years, the combination of modern additions, tradition and folkore is what makes it so special.

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