Xanthi is a city in Thrace, the capital of the homonymous prefecture. It is built at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains, at the beginning of the plain which extends to the Thracian Sea.
It is built on the outskirts of Achladovounos and is crossed by the river Kosinthos, which divides the city of Xanthi into two parts, namely the west that encloses the Old and the New City and the east, called the settlement "Samakov" which is less dense and characterized by its beautiful natural environment. Both pieces still retain their traditional fragrance and enchant the visitor with their nobility and grandeur.
The narrow alleys of the Old Town adorn well-preserved mansions with distinctive architecture, as they are an amazing mix of different styles. Combined with the magnificent churches and picturesque squares, the Old Town is definitely a living outdoor museum.
Significant exploration is the historical and cultural tradition of the area, with a visit to the archeological site of Abdera, the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Gallery. The city also organizes a variety of festivals throughout the year, such as the Xanthi Carnival.
Xanthi is the commercial and spiritual center of the region and one of its characteristics is the multiculturalism and the harmonious coexistence of the Christian and the Muslim element. The patron saint of Xanthi is Agios Ioannis the Forerunner and the day of the Sharpness of his Honest Head on August 29, is a holiday for the city.
A trademark of the New Town, on the other hand, is the square with the Clock and the tobacco warehouses, and especially in the famous "P" (Kapnergaton street) which took its name from the shape of the buildings of 1890.
Finally, the necessary stops for direct contact with nature are the river Nestos, with the Delta and its Straits, the Drimos Forest, Lake Vistonida, the waterfall of Livaditis and the forest village of Erymanthos. The Rhodope Mountains are famous both for its forests and for its traditional mountain villages, including Pomakochoria, which are famous for their cultural and architectural beauty.