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Xanthi offers each traveller a unique opportunity to discover a part of Greece that combines the Rodopi mountain range with huge landscapes of endless forests and the Evros River. Thanks to its fantastic geographical location, it connects the north-eastern part of Greece with Bulgaria and Turkey. Xanthi is where the saying ‘East meets West’ comes to life. It is part of the prefecture of Thrace, a nature lovers’ paradise that is all about fertile land, sunflowers, huge trees, and nesting birds. If you’re looking for a powerful destination that offers the aura of tradition steeped in nature, Xanthi is certainly a place to discover.

Whether fishing is your passion or not, it’s good to know that the region hosts an international conference on Fish Tourism in Abdera every year to promote eco-friendly methods of commercial fishing and supports its local fishermen. This area of Greece combines many types of outdoor activities which includes hiking, caving, kayaking, birdwatching, horseback riding and agrotourism among others. The Nestos river and Nestos delta are the gods’ gifts to outdoor activities from rafting to birdwatching. Lake Vistonida Ξάνθη and Xanthi’s lush forests are equally enchaning.

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Due to Thrace’s location, Xanthi struggled from Antiquity to remain Greek. It was invaded by the Persians, Goths, and Bulgars just to name a few. In 1912 it was invaded by the Bulgarians but for a short time until the Greeks freed the population eight months later. However, the area was seized again by the Bulgarians until the end of World War II, when it was finally liberated and became part of Greece. This city suffered through two Earthquakes in 1829 and was rebuilt. The main source of agriculture and trade in the 19th century was tobacco and it is interesting to see the architecture of tobacco stores from that period in the Old Town of Xanthi which are still well preserved. Indeed, visiting the Old Town is a must as it provides an enchanting window into the past. The preservation of the Old Town shows that the community has been very connected in keeping its heritage alive. Once you venture outside of the city centre, the east unveils the enormous landscape of the Rodopi mountains while the west reveals the beautiful town of Stavroupolis. There is an area here protected under the European Natura 2000 scheme, considered one of the only protected aquatic woods in Europe, where nature rules. Another outdoor destination is Livaditis, which offers a lot of sports like mountain climbing, hiking, walking, and cycling.

Xanthi also boasts a connection to the Sea. The towns that are on the coastline for swimming activities are Avdera, Erasmio, Mirodato, Magana, Madra, Porto Lagos, Potamia and Nea Kesani. The beaches are sublime, and not as well known as other parts of Greece luckily.

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 On the culinary front, the greater region of Xanthi offers all types of cuisine and is especially known for its unique sweets. Meat dishes and vegetarian meze (small starters) like Kolokythokeftedes – zucchini patties – can be found to be very tasty at “To Palio Meraki in Plateia Andika. If you’re looking for a evening spirit with healthy snacks, try Myrovolos which offers Tsipouromezedes – dishes infused with the hearty homemade liquor, Tsipouro, known for its medicinal qualities. You must sample the garlic eggplant dish there too. This place and many others offer live local music on weekends that adds an authentic touch to the whole dining experience.

Another must is to visit local bakeries and taste the various homemade desserts that each pastry chef has assembled for viewing. Saragli, Kariokes, Baklava,Kazandipi, Seker pare, ekmek kadaifi, touloumbes, ravani, and loukoum. These sweets represent the multi-cultural diversity of Xanthi between the local Greek residents, Greeks from Constantinople (Istanbul) and Turkey. Even the main dishes are influenced from these cultural blends, don’t miss the Giaourtlou (a kebab dish topped with yogurt sauce and served on pita) and soutzoukakia (tomato meat balls flavoured with cumin and many other spices). The local wild greens are must to try too. These are all locally grown and cultivated from farmers of Xanthi.

The region is well known for its monasteries and churches. Keeping in mind that Greeks are very spiritually connected to their faith, if one ventures into any of the monestaries or churches in this region, they will be awestruck by the individual beauty and mystical aura that they exude. Right in the middle of the Rodopi Mountains stands The Monestary of Panagia Archaggeliotissa (The Virgin Mary Archangel), built in 1848 and rebuilt in the 20th century after a fire. Many visitors make the pilgrimage to this sacred place to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. There are dress codes for visiting Monasteries and Churches, so dress conservatively.

There are many museums to discover in this region too. The Folk Museum in the Old Town is well worth a trip to view the traditional village style clothing, furniture, and decorative creations on display. Another gem is to see the architecture of the residences in the Old Town, once again it is obvious of the blend of cultures from Greek neoclassics to Western Macedonians and German Romanticism. Each residence in here is a historic wonderland. It tells a story of another era. Xanthi offers a touch of spice to every traveller. It is a jewel of Greece that focuses on continuing a long tradition of pride in preserving its heritage and landscape.

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Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

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Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

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Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

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Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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The Nestos Delta region attracts enormous interest in this outdoor water sport. Kayaking and Rafting are common at the Nesto Gorge (Livera, Toxotes, and Stavroupli). They are also popular at the Dam of Platarnovrysi, in Paranesti.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

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Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Xanthi is known for its diverse cuisine. Since it has a population of Greeks, Turks and Pomaks (a Slavic Muslim population residing in regions of Greece and Bulgaria), their food is very original in flavours and spices. It is also known for its sweets, dried nuts, hazelnuts, pastelia and almonds. Fresh trout from the river, wild herbs such as oregano and much more await the hungry palate.

Old Xanthi hosts an outdoor Farmers Market every Saturday, east of Plateia Dimokratias (center of town). This market offers local sustainable goods that support the community, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers. In addition vendors from neighbouring villages sell affordable clothing, handmade jewellery and various household items. This is a favourite pastime that should be seen which captures the very essence of the local community coming together to support each other.

The region also offers scintillating wines in different parts, such as in Abdera, not to mention Tsipouro and Ouzo.

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

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Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Find Out More

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

Find Out More

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Find Out More

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Find Out More

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

Find Out More

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Find Out More

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Find Out More

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

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Natural mineral springs lie in the areas of Potamia and Nea Kesani (near villages by the same name). These hot springs are known to cure many muscular and other ailments.

Photo: Ggia

The coast of Xanthi is full of splendid beaches to explore: Dasohori, Erasmio, Magana, Mirodato, Avdera, Ag. Yiannis, Porto Molo, Madra, Porto Lagos. Some are popular, full of nearby cafes and restaurants, while others are more secluded. Travel down the coast to find your favourite spot.

Photo: www.wondergreece.gr

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Find Out More

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Find Out More

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Find Out More

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Find Out More

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

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Archeological Museum, Avdera

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Kaliva Castle, Neohori

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Kosinthos River

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Nature in Livaditis

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Nestos River & Nestos Delta

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Virgin Forest of Frakto

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Aeriko, Mirtousa and Pashalia

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Kaliva Castle, Neohori

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Archeological Museum, Avdera

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Ethnological Museum of Thrace

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Municipal Art Gallery

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Stavroupolis Folklore Museum

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The Folklore Museum

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Traditional Costume Museum

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Kosinthos River

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Nature in Livaditis

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Nestos River & Nestos Delta

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Virgin Forest of Frakto

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Archeological Museum, Avdera

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Kaliva Castle, Neohori

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Kosinthos River

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Nature in Livaditis

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Nestos River & Nestos Delta

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Virgin Forest of Frakto

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Sgouridis Estate

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Vourvoukelis Estate, Avdira

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