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Xanthi is located on northern Greece 220 km east of Thessalonica, On the north the prefecture of Xanthi borders with Bulgaria , On the south it is wetted by the Aegean Sea

One hour driving distance from the Turkish borders / 4 hours from Istanbul Xanthi's location at the point of junction of the Egnatia Road linking Europe and Asia and the cross roads linking the Balkan interior and the Aegean Sea is a very privileged one.This strategic position links its tradition and its potential in the future. It also shaped its identity.

The prefecture of Xanthi, which is one of the five prefectures of the wider region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, covers the western part of Thrace.
It borders with Kavala and Drama prefectures in the west, with Bulgaria in the north and Rodopi prefecture in the south while the Thracian sea washes
the south of the prefecture. It expands to 1,793 sq.km. and its total population rises to 102,959 people.

Religious Tourism

The great number of festivities that take place all over the area in combination with the existence of many Byzantine churches prove the profound religious feeling of the inhabitants but also give an idea of the importance of Orthodoxy in the region.
 
The Byzantine church of "Panagia Kosmosotira" in Feres represents the global religious symbol of the people of Thrace all over the world and of course it is the protector saint of the region of Thrace.
 
At the religious museum of the Metropoli of Alexandroupoli , the visitor can find very interesting and precious exhibits, such as icons from the period of the dynasty of Palaiologoi (14th –15th century), headstone from the tomb of Isaakios Komninos (12th century), holly utensils etc.

 Xanthi's  Chamber is a Public Law Entity established in 1956.

It is governed by a 5-member Administrative Committee and a 21-member Administrative Council. Today it counts 6.500 active members.

In order to achieve its mission, the Chamber:

  • Protects and develops industry, craft industry, commerce and the professions.
  • Provides information to producers and manufacturers about potential markets, export markets and suppliers of raw materials.
  • Provides information to businessmen about development incentives and the availability of grants and subsidies on favorable terms.
  • Provides advice and support to prospective investors with regard to available land, development laws, degree of sector saturation etc.
  • Provides information on European funding programs.
  • Participates in and realizes numerous European Programs.
  • Participates in cultural and Tourism Projects and working for energy sector.
  • Promote the cultural Heritage of the area

FOLKLORE


The lifestyle and culture of the Bulgarian nation have been formed in the course of  millennia. Bulgarian customs are rooted in the remote past and are closely interwoven with history and Christian religion.

The places where the preserved folk art is shown are the folklore festivals of the towns and villages. The folklore festivals are part of the folklore culture system and have their own space and time definitions.  They are determined by the calendar-ritual system, by the overall folklore culture of the individual villages and towns. The organization of the festivals turns into general merry-making for the village or town.  Traditional festivals are attended not only by the local inhabitants. The events are gaining popularity and are visited by guests from the country and abroad every year.

In Burgas Region authentic folk customs and rites have been preserved until today. Millennium-old pagan and Christian symbols are embedded in them and their preservation is of great importance to modern culture and to retaining Bulgarian identity.

SEASIDE RECREATION

The natural resources for tourism in Burgas Black Sea Region – beach strips, sunshine, favorable climate and sea water, are prerequisites that facilitate the development of seaside recreational tourism and climatic treatment.


It is the curative properties of the climate in the coastal areas together with the beaches and sea that are the reasons why a number of settlements and localities have been officially declared climatic seaside resorts. Obzor, Nesebar, Pomorie, Burgas, Sozopol, Primorsko, Kiten, Tsarevo and Ahtopol are of national significance, while the locality of Kozluka (Elenite Holiday Village), Sveti Vlas, Ravda, Aheloy, Chernomorets, the mouth of the Ropotamo River together with Arkutino, Lozenets and Sinemorets are locally important.

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Contact

Ms Anna Trono
University of Salento - Via Dalmazio Birago, 64- 73100 Lecce - Italy
Phone/Fax (39) 832 295629/630
Mobile (39) 339 4042463
E-mail anna.trono@unisalento.it

Ms Anthi Panagiotou
Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Xanthi
Phone (30)-2541-22533
Mobile(30)-6937-319595
Fax(30)-2541-25987
e-mail anthi@ebex.it


Ms Sonya Enilova
Regional and local development agency
Phone(359)-56-841966
Mobile(359)-887-793656
Fax (359)-56-841966
e-mail sonya_enilova@abv.bg

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