Xanthi's old town and its folklore museum are a window into the past. If you are here in February, you don't want to miss the town's carnival.

A panoramic view that includes the old and the contemporary town of Xanthi.
photo: taver / CC BY-ND 2.0

Xanthi Attractions

Xanthi Things to Do

A picture of Nestos river flowing between the mountains and the lush vegetation of Thracian nature.
photo: Papatrexas
hidden gem

Galani Beach of Nestos River

The fifth biggest river of Greece springs from Bulgaria, flows by Xanthi, and expels into the Thracian Sea. Indulge yourself in its pristine nature.

Monastery of Panagia Archangeliotissa

A historical and religious landmark that houses an ecclesiastical museum. It's located in a peaceful location in the woods. It celebrates on August 15.

Xanthi Old-Town Festival

Event in the first week of September that signifies that summer came to an end, and spreads a distinguished festive atmosphere in the town.

Xanthi Carnival Festival

During these festive days, the town's streets are filled with fun and disguised people. It's the second biggest carnival in Greece.

Xanthi Museums

Xanthi Beaches

A picture showing a part of the Arogi Fanari Beach at the area of Rhodope.
distant ≈ 44.7km

Arogi Fanari Beach

Long, sandy, organized, and with easy access beach that extends from Fanari to Arogi settlement.

A photo showing the beach of Fanari Port of Rhodope by the tavernas and the buildings of the Fanari settlement.
photo: Ggia / CC BY-SA 3.0
distant ≈ 40.2km

Fanari Port Beach

Long sandy beach by the port of the village where beach bars and tavernas offer many amenities.

A photo showing the beach of Mesis at Rhodope area.
distant ≈ 48.1km

Mesi Beach, Komotini

Organized sandy beach with shallow waters and beach bars, located between 2 lakes this of the Mavrolimni (Karatzas) and Aliki.

Questions & Answers about Xanthi

Why Visit Xanthi?
  • A city that respects its history and traditions, while showing significant growth.
  • Nicknamed as "Little Paris" during the 18th century due to the tobacco trade.
  • Hosts a large number of students of the Democritus University of Thrace.
What is Xanthi, Greece?

Xanthi is a city in northern Greece, located in the region of Thrace. It is the capital of the prefecture and administratively belongs to the prefecture of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. According to the data of the last census, the population reaches 50,000 residents with a continuing upward trend.

When Xanthi was founded?

The first references to Xanthi or Xantheia place the founding of the city at 879AD and during the medieval times, the city name turned its name into Eskitzi which in Turkish means old town.

What is the tobacco trading history of Xanthi?

The boom period of the city is the 18th and 19th centuries when it became world-famous due to the tobacco factories. The large volume of exports helped the capital inflow which was reflected in the local community. The examples of folk art and architecture the city presents from that period attest that Xanthi had nothing to be jealous of the great European capitals and for this reason also called the "Little Paris".

Is it worth visiting Xanthi?

Today Xanthi can be called a modern city that respects its history and traditions but also presents particular growth momentum. Two of the main events taking place at an annual level and attract many visitors are the Carnival of Xanthi and the Old-Town Festival. Also, the city hosts a large number of students from the Engineering School of the Democritus University of Thrace. The city can be reached via the modern road junction of Egnatia Road covering a distance of 736 and 221 km from Athens and Thessaloniki respectively.