Located in Thrace, Xanthi is a city with a long history. Glorious present and even better future, the capital of the prefecture of Xanthi.
It can be reached by car from all over Greece. Specifically, it is located 224 kilometres away from the city of Thessaloniki, 713 kilometres from Athens, 121 from Alexandroupolis and 165 kilometres from Kepous, its border patrol station before Turkey, and 405 kilometres from Istanbul. It features airline connections with Athens (two flights daily with Olympic Airways) through the airport of Kavala, and has railway connection with Athens, Thessaloniki, Alexandroupolis and Istanbul.
The modern city features parks, squares and modern housing, while there are a number of industrial units at its outskirts which provide employment to the locals. Moreover, Xanthi is the headquarters of the Polytechnic School of the Democritus University of Thrace.
The city also features a vast array of restaurants, taverns, ouzeri, that serve local delicacies. Special mention must be granted to the seafood taverns, both in the city and those scattered around the town’s outskirts, near the sea.
Xanthi is famous for its deserts and dried nuts. Plenty of cariokes, Sutzuk loukoumia, pastelia, siropiasta, hazelnuts, almonds, etc., can be found in both the stores of the Old town, and the bazaar that is held every Saturday.
Also, Xanthi is famous throughout Greece for its carnival. Every year, and for fifteen consecutive days during the period of Mardi Gras, a grand carnival is organised with references to both local customs and traditions and modern day life.