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

Attractions & Things to Do in Xanthi

Old City of Xanthi

A vivid part of Xanthi that forms the historical center, is a meeting point for the locals, and brings a traditional notion to the city-life.

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Old-Town Festival, Xanthi

Event of the first week of September that finalizes summer and brings a unique festive atmosphere in the city.

↘ SE
< 1km

Folklore & Historical Museum of Xanthi

Shedding light to the everyday lives of the city inhabitants and the historical past of the city.

↘ SE
< 1km

Municipal Art Gallery of Xanthi


Bearing the name of an artist who comes from the city and donated his paintings to the organization.

↘ SE
< 1km

Xanthi Carnival Festival

One of the most important and famous Carnival events of Greece that attracts visitors from all over the country and abroad.

↓ S
< 1km

Monastery of Panagia Archangeliotissa

A historical and religious landmark that houses the ecclesiastical museum of the city.

↗ NE
≈ 1.1km
A picture of Nestos river flowing between the mountains and the lust vegetation of Thracian nature.
photo: Papatrexas

Nestos River (Galani Beach)

The fifth biggest river of Greece that has its springs in Bulgaria, flows very close to the city of Xanthi and expels to the Thracian Sea.

↙ SW
≈ 17.1km

Archaeological Site of Ancient Avdira

The ancient coastal city that played an important role and has a very rich historical past.

↓ S
≈ 34.4km

Fanari Port Beach, Rhodope (Komotini)

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

↘ SE
≈ 40.5km

Arogi Fanari Beach, Rhodope (Komotini)

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

↘ SE
≈ 44.5km


A coastal city that stands out for its fantastic hilltop views. Its cute old town and a number of nearby historical monuments await your visit.

↙ SW
≈ 46.2km

Mesis Beach, Rhodope (Komotini)

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

↘ SE
≈ 48.2km

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.