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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.
Taverna Palaia Polis (Palaiapolis)
This wood-and-brick taverna has some of the most sumptuous cuisine around – try the fantastic hunkar bejendi (tender beef pieces on a bed of mashed aubergine and cheese) and its lush salads. The wine list is extensive and well chosen, the service excellent, and the exposed stone and wood interior stylish and pleasant.
Ntili Ntili (Bar and Cafe)
A really popular, vintage-laden bar painted in bright colours and hosting all kinds of cultural events and parties. One of the local favourites.
This bar in a restored old-town mansion has a fun vibe, an old avli (courtyard) with secluded tables and a colourful upstairs for winter. The owners, siblings Theodota and Georgios, serve homemade Greek-meets-international mezedhes and good cocktails.
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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 has been 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 bazaar, full of colour, sound and hypnotic aromas.
Municipal Art Gallery of Xanthi
The Municipal Art Gallery of Xanthi is housed in a traditional house that was built during the previous century. It is a perfect example of West Macedonian-Epirus architecture with a basic characteristic its wooden carved ceilings, that were used only in the region of Xanthi. It is right in the city center and belongs to the Municipality since 1993. In the two floors of the gallery the visitor can see art pieces of local artists but also has temporary exhibitions of artists from other places. By visiting the gallery, you will be able to see interesting artwork and on the same time see a traditional house of Xanthi from the inside.
Folklore Museum of Xanthi
The Folklore museum of Xanthi is in the city center and it is housed in two traditional buildings from 1870. They both used to belong to the family of tobacco traders Kougioumtzoglou and they were designed in a Renaissance style by a Russian architect. The basic characteristic of the decoration are red bricks as well as murals made by a German romantic painter. Located almost next to the Cathedral Square, it can be found in a region that was the center of the Greeks during the Turkish occupation. By making a tour in the museum, you will have the chance to see the historical and social changes which took place in Xanthi over the last centuries. You will have the chance to learn about the everyday life in the city of Xanthi, what locals used to do on their free time over the past centuries and see from up close objects and tools that people were using every day.
Monasteries of Xanthi
The region of Xanthi was always known for the religious tradition and the ecclesiastical art and architecture. The most important monasteries are the ones of Virgin Mary Archageliotissa, Virgin Mary Kalamou, Moni Taxiarchon and St. Nikolaos, forming a cross, making people think that this cross protects the city from disasters, earthquakes and diseases. In the city there is an ecclesiastical museum where you can see artefacts from churches and monasteries of Xanthi and regions nearby. The museum is in the monastery of Virgin Mary Archageliotissa and you can visit it every day, although the timetable is not stable, it can be changed according to the needs of the monastery.
Beaches of Xanthi
The coast of Xanthi is full of splendid beaches to explore: Dasohori, Erasmio, Mangana, 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.