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Top Choice Taverna in Xanthi & Around

Palaia Polis

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 extensi…
Top Choice Bar in Xanthi & Around

Ntili Ntili

A really popular, vintage-laden bar painted in bright colours and hosting all kinds of cultural events and parties. One of the local favourites.
Top Choice Sweets in Xanthi & Around

Paparaskeva

Locally recommended and famous Greece-wide, Paparaskeva has been selling Xanthi's sweets for over 80 years. Try the karioka – a spongy chocolate and nut cake – which is one of the best souvenirs you can take home (i…
Archaeological Site in Xanthi & Around

Archaeological Site of Abdera

A 20-minute drive northeast of modern Abdera (and 28km from Xanthi) lie the ruins of the ancient town. Outdoor exhibitions display stone sarcophagi, huge urns and other imagination-spurring remnants of the town, whi…
Historic Site in Xanthi & Around

Old Xanthi

On a serene hillside above town, Old Xanthi features pastel-coloured timber-framed houses on narrow, winding lanes and grand neoclassical mansions once inhabited by tobacco barons. Though some of its structures coul…
Bar in Xanthi & Around

Ermis

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-intern…
Museum in Xanthi & Around

Folk Museum

Stroll through the former mansion of the Kougioumtzolgou brothers, made rich by the region's flourishing tobacco trade, for a nostalgic glimpse of Xanthi's past. This museum features folk costumes and farming tools,…
Gallery in Xanthi & Around

House of Shadow

Now in a new location, this rather eccentric gallery works with shadow art to reveal that which we apparently cannot see. The local artist Triandafyllos Vaitsis does his best to provoke thought with tin sculptures t…
Sweets in Xanthi & Around

Glikia Gonia

This traditional Thracian sweet shop is a treasure chest of sugary treats, all made in-house. Choose from baklava that's oozing syrup, hefty ropes of pistachio-crusted soutzouk loukoum (aromatic rolls of Turkish del…
Museum in Xanthi & Around

Archaeological Museum of Abdera

This splendid museum paints a vivid picture of ancient Abdera, from daily life to the region's luminaries. Most interesting is the detail about Abdera's defence against incursions by the Thracians, with rich exhibit…