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 quite  put your finger on it. But you’ll feel it as soon as you arrive. Welcome to Xanthi.

Hidden gems of Xanthi

The serpentine Nestos River
The Nestos River cuts across the Rhodopi Mountains, trying to reach the sea, snaking in and out of the mountain range and creating the famous ‘Nestos Straits’. These meanderings result in unique geological formations and are a sight worth seeing by boat.

The birthplace of Democritus
Here you’ll find one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Greece. The first Greeks that settled here in the ancient city of Abdera were from the Ionian city of Teo. The Klazomenes, from Asia Minor, came later in 654 BC and Democritus was born here. Its marvellous small museum will delight you.

The Xanthi bazaar
With a long history, broken only by the centuries of Ottoman rule, the Xanthi bazaar is still a mainstay of residents of the city and an attraction for visitors from all around Greece and abroad. Famed for the diversity of merchandise on display, it is multicultural affair, full of colour, raucous sounds, rousing sights and tantalizing aromas.