Near the abandoned village of Liveron at the south part of Rodopi mountain line, where paths are created between the mountainous hills, lies Nestos route, a route with extensive and long-distance meanders, forming an extraordinary area of enchanting beauty with rare and lush vegetation, an area of 24.000 sq. meters which justifiably, since 1977, has been characterized as an “Aesthetic Forest”.
Route: Xanthi - Nestos paths in Toxotes
Route: Thessaloniki - Nestos paths in Toxotes
Alongside the river the railway line Thessaloniki-Alexandroupoli is set. For the needs of the railway, during the period of its construction, a path was created at a higher altitude. The path, elaborately carved on the rocks at some of its parts, was used by the railway workers for their transports during the construction but today is a well known sight, valued for its exceptional architecture and its breathtaking view.
In addition, towards the end of 19th century and during the Ottoman Empire, French technicians built thirty tunnels essential for the passage of the train from Thessaloniki to Istanbul (Konstantinoupolis), the famous ORIENT EXPRESS
The visit to the well known path, even in a small part of it close to the village Toxotes, is the perfect chance for any visitor to admire the originally captivating landscape.
If you are fond of hiking, you could follow the path in combination with the route formed by the railway lines. You could use as starting point the village Galani located 10 kilometers from Xanthi and walk towards Kromnikou spring (5,5 kilometers) continue towards the Liveron station (3 kilometers) and finally up to Stavroupoli (10 kilometres). The route is worth every second and try, leaving you – without doubt – with a fulfilling experience.
No matter of the season you choose for visisting, the genuine beauty will pleasantly surprise you. You will meet springs and specially designed recreation areas with benches, tables and shelters to rest. You will stroll next to the sandy banks of the river, to steep cliffs, to sophisticatedly paths curved on the rocks, or in parallel with the train lines gazing delightful images of the virgin scenery.
You will be surrounded by a torrent of lush greenery, sycamores, wild olives, willows, alders, cedars and oaks and a variety of wild flowers, violets and orchids. Meanwhile, if you are lucky, rare birds such as herons, vultures and eagles will accompany you.
For your stay in Xanthi Prefecture, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Xanthi, as well as in many other areas of the County, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to Xanthi by car is easy through the existing road network.
The best way to explore, wander around Xanthi and discover its nature and sights is to have your own vehicle. It is worth visiting places where local tranportation and organized tours do not reach.
Indicative routes and distances from Xanthi:
Athens: 704 km
Thessaloniki: 206 km
Patras: 674 km
Ioannina: 464 km
Preveza: 552 km
Xanthi is linked to Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Thrace.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest
Regular Intercity Bus routes serve most of the areas of the prefecture.
There are daily regular Bus (Xanthi KTEL) routes to and from Athens.
From Xanthi there are also intercity bus connections to several regions.
Xanthi is linked to Thessaloniki and all cities of Macedonia - Thrace network as well as to the rest of Greece.
OSE Xanthi tel: (+30) 25410.22.581
OSE Athens tel: (+30) 220.127.116.111
OSE Thessaloniki tel: (+30) 2310.517.517
One of the airports close to Xanthi is "Megas Alexandros" (Alexander the Great) airport in Chrisoupoli in Kavala at distance of 40 km.
Another airpost is the "Dimokritos" in Alexandroupolis, 115 km far from Xanthi and the access is easy and quick through Egnatia highway.
"Megas Alexandros" airport in Chrisoupolis tel: (+30) 25910.23.601
"Dimokritos" ariport in Alexandroupolis tel: (+30) 25510.45.198
"El. Venizelos" tel: (+30) 210.35.30.000
Distances and routes from the airports to Xanthi:
Chrisoupolis airport: 41,5 km
Alexandroupolis airport: 115 km
Olympic Airlines Office in Xanthi, M. Vogdou str., next to OTE building
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.