Xanthi is one of the most beautiful cities of Thrace and of all Northern Greece. There are two prevailing therories about the origin of the name: The first is that Xanthi named from one of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys and the second that its name comes from an Amazon who was called Xanthi and reigned in the region. Today Xanthi has about 65,000 inhabitants and one of its features, are multiculturalism and the harmonious coexistence of Christians and Muslims. Every year Xanthi attracts many tourists as the paved squares and alleys in the old town make it a unique destination.
In the south of the city we find the area of tobacco warehouses. The countless warehouses were built by famous craftsmen at the beginning of the century to house large quantities of tobacco produced in the region. The district has an area of 12,000 sq.m. and is structured in shape Π. The exceptional architectural buildings now operate in new uses, whether as warehouses, workshops primarily for furniture, while five of them host cultural activities.
This well preserved settlement , built on a hill captivates visitors with its cobblestone streets and small squares reminding older times. The old city of Xanthi, one of the largest traditional villages in Greece has remained untouched by the ravages of time and retains its grandeur and its magnificence. It flourished duting the 19th century the early 20th due to the flourish of the tobacco trade with which were involved most of the population. Today retains unaffected its entire splendor.
In the central square of Xanthi you will see the clock tower. Built in 1870, it was part of the central mosque of the old city and it was renovated in 1934. Nowdays it is a real ornament of the "Republic Square", a meeting point for locals and visitors, connecting past with present, reminding the booming period of Xanthi.
Housed in the Kougioumtzoglou-mansionalone its a showpiece by itself for its architecture and frescoes. On its rooms hosts agricultural tools, utensils, jewelery and other exhibits showing the history of the city over the centuries. In a separate room you can see the doll of a young child playing piano, reminding Manos Hadjidakis (famous music composer), who was born in Xanthi.
The Airport that serves the city and the Prefecture of Xanthi too is in Chrysoupoli, just 35 km from the city. Alternatively you can choose buses or train which connects Xanthi with Athens, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli. Within the county, if you don't have a car to move, you can take the local bus which runs for Kallithea, Kimmeria, Chryssa, Feloni, Magiko, University, Evmoiro and Pigadia.
Nightlife of Xanthi is gathered in Sofias road and in the Old City where several classic mansions have been transformed to house stylish bar. Students in Xanthi are so many that they give a nice, fresh air of entertainment throughout the year making the city on their demands. Despite the many options for entertainment, do not forget to take the time and discover the unique atmosphere of the cobbled alleyways in the Old City.
Flavors and Shopping Guide
Some of the famous dishes of Xanti are "tzigerosarmades", pork or chicken with pickled cabbage, chicken with "kouskousi", sweet or savory pies and the sausages. Of course, Xanthi is also famous for its sweets. In patisseries alleys of the Old City try and buy syrupy sweets like baklava, kantaifi and saragli. You can notice the influences from Asia by tasting "Kazan Depi" ("the bottom of the cauldron" cream from sheep's milk) and "tavouk gkiosou" (made with chicken!).