Incoming students

 

Dear student,

should you be accepted for an internship offered by the IAESTE local committe of Xanthi, you can find some information here :

About Greece

 

Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα - Hellas or Ελληνική Δημοκρατία - Hellenic Republic) is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It shares borders in the north with Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.It has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets, Platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. Furthermore it's a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.

More wiki info:

Greece Voyage
History Mythology
Geography Economy
Language Cuisine

 

Travelling to Greece

 

Greece is a member-state of the European Union and the Schengen Area.

Nationals of EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry for a stay of any length.

Nationals of non-EU/EFTA countries will generally need a passport for entry to a Schengen country and most will need a visa.  More here. A visa granted for any Schengen member is valid in all other countries

The currency of Greece is the EURO .

Greece uses Eastern European Time (EET) during winter (UTC +02:00 hours) and the  Eastern European Summer Time (UTC +03:00 hours) during summer. Local date/time:

 

 

Arriving in Xanthi

Usually, incoming students decide to arrive in Xanthi via Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport (SKG).

City bus number 78 (or 78N) goes from Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport (SKG) to the city centre, the Railway Station and the Intercity Bus Station of Thessaloniki (KTEL Makedonia).

From Thessaloniki Intercity Bus Station there are busses arriving to Xanthi Bus Station. The road from Thessaloniki to Xanthi is a modern motorway (Egnatia Motorway (A2 or E90) : MAP ). The duration of the travel is 2h30min.

Almost every time, incoming students are being picked up by members of IAESTE Thessaloniki or Xanthi from the Thessaloniki Airport and Xanthi Bus Station, respectively.

Bus timetables: Thessaloniki - Xanthi

Map of Xanthi

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Town of Xanthi and guidebook

 

Xanthi (Ξάνθη) is town in the region of Thrace (Θράκη), capital city of the homonymous Prefecture of Xanthi. Built on the foothills of Rodopi mountain range, at the beginning of a valley which expands towards south to the Thracian Sea. It  has around 62.000 citizens.

Xanthi is the commercial and spiritual centre of the region and one of its characteristics is its multicultural aspect as well as the harmonically co-existence of both the Christians and the Muslims.

The contemporary town is a pole of attraction for everyday life. Shops, squares, parks, halls of entertainment such as cafes, restaurants, taverns, etc, with great aesthetic, candy shops which are known not only to all over Greece but also Europe having special tastes such as the ones that karioka and saragli have.

Since 1975 the town of Xanthi hosts the Polytechnic School, which is a part of Democritus University of Thrace, in which around 4000 students study, which is an alive lung of the town. The scientific and cultural creation of both students and professors offer an alternative suggestion of living in this town as well as they give a different power and new inspiration.

The cultural life of the town is intense, as well as its rhythms of life. The Thracian Folk Festival-Xanthian Carnival, known to all over Greece, Europe and lately all over the world, the Old Town Festival, unique in its kind and popular for its multiform, Manos Chatzidakis Festival, are insurmountable institutions that give the characteristic of the cultural orgasm at our town, reinforcing events, sectors and clubs.

Shopping

Most shops in Xanthi are open every morning and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Supermarkets are open daily for the whole day. The Municipal Market (Dimotiki Agora) is also open every morning where you can find butchers, fish shops and fruit stores. All shops are closed on Sundays.

Every Saturday morning the bazaar takes place, where you have the opportunity to buy a variety of things anf fresh food products.

About shops/cafés/cinemas/banks etc, check our map.

Health and Safety

Have in mind that you must always carry official documents of identification with you ( ID card for EU-nationals, Passport for non EU-nationals and/or VISA).

Taxis

  • Tel.: 25410 72801

 

The Democritus University of Thrace

The Democritus University of Thrace was founded in 1973 and took its name from the famous ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who lived in the 5th century BC and has surely been one of the greatest scientific spirits of the ancient times. Democritus was born in Abdeira, a small village near Xanthi. He was the first to believe in and formulate a theory about the existence of the atom. The University has twenty departments in four cities — nine in Komotini, five in Xanthi, four in Alexandroupoli and two in Orestiada.

Xanthi Faculty of Engineering:

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Production and Management Engineering 

Some departments are located at the "City Campus" (Prokat) and the rest as well as the student restaurant and dormitories at the "Kimmeria Campus" (Panepistimioupoli Kimmerion).

Accommodation

Students usually are accommodated at the Student Dormitories (Esties), 4 Km outside of Xanthi, at the Kimmeria Campus.

The facilities include:
- Single furnished rooms with WC-shower
- Phone / internet connection and three power socket CEE 7/4 - type F (220V 50Hz. Check if you need an adaptor)
- Common kitchen within the building
- Student restaurant (Leschi)
- Washing machines (with extra payment)
- Mini market and cantine (Kilikio)

Note that some facilities (such as the restaurant) might be closed during July and August.

Xanthi city busses

Updated Itineraries

 

 

 

The University (Panepistimio) busses run free of charge (not in July and August).
The Kimmeria/Pigadia and Kallithea busses require a student ticket (green colour) of 0,75 € .

 

Weather in Xanthi

more at: weather.gr

 

Proposed trips

Here is some advice for excursions: 

  • Xanthi
  • Thrace
  • Eastern Macedonia
  • Central Macedonia
  • Thessaly
  • Attica
  • Abroad

Worth visiting:

  • Xanthi Folklore Museum
  • Xanthi Art Gallery
  • Xanthi Old Town
  • Kosynthos river and path
  • Xanthi's monasteries
  • Nestos river
  • Leivaditis waterfalls
  • Vistonida lake

DAY 1: Visit the city of Komotini, by train or bus, for a coffee and then go ahead to Alexandroupolis, walk arround the city and the port with the lighthouse.

DAY 2: Take the boat and visit the island of Samothraki, swim at the beaches of the Thracian Sea or the waterfall and the small lake. Want to travel through time? Visit the ancient sanctuary of the Great Gods. 

DAY 3: Back to Alexandroupolis and visit the Evros river and delta, the forests of Dadia (a well known nature reserve, in which endangered species of birds of prey, including Aquila heliaca and Aquila pomarina, find refuge), the town of Soufli (notable for the silk industry in the 19th century) or Didimoticho and Orestiada.

DAY 1: Visit the city of Kavala  by bus, walk arround the upper city and the old castle. Swim at Kalamitsa beach.

DAY 2: Take the boat and go to the island of Thassos, Greece's northernmost island. 

DAY 3:  Another day at the beach of Iraklitsa, Nea Peramos or Ammolofoi

DAY 4: Visit the archaelogical site of ancient Philippoi and go towards the city of Drama, and it's beautiful city parcs. Take the train to return to Xanthi.

DAY 1: Do you like big cities? Well, Thessaloniki is Greece's second biggest city after Athens. Arrive there by bus or train and visit the historical centre of the city of Cassander. Full of sites and monuments: the Palace Complex of the Roman Emperor Galerius,  the Byzantine Chrurches and Castle to the Ottoman fortification walls and the White Tower, emblem of the city. Walk the the seaside and have a drink on the boats which sail arround the Thermaic Gulf.

DAY 2: Time for swimming again, so visit the suburbs of Peraia and Neoi Epivates, and their "blue flag" beaches.

DAY 3: Visit the city of Edessa and it's great waterfalls. Since we are in Macedonia, the land of Philipp II and Alexander the Great, a visit to the capital of ancient Macedonia Pella and the tombs of Philipp II at Vergina is must.

DAY 4: Well Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands may be far for here, but Chalkidiki is full of beautiful beaches. So let's swim again!

DAY 5: Have you heard of the 12 Olympian Gods? Well they lived at Olympus Mountain. Take the train and visit Litochoro, at the feet of Mountain Olympus, or go to Leptokarya or Neoi Poroi, for swimming under the shadow of the almoste 2.917 meters high mountain. 

The city-port of Volos, mount Pelion, islands of Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos), Meteora Cliffs and Monasteries and Kalambaka worth visiting!

Athens, the capital of Democracy and ... Greece's of course. Acropolis and the Parthenon, Plaka and Monastiraki, Cape of Sounio, port of Piraeus, islands of the Argosaronic golf

Turkey:  Istanbul comes first in mind! The city that Constantine the Greet founded as the new Capital of the Roman Empire. The city between East and West.  Edirne is another city near the greek borders you can easily visit too. Accesible by bus. 

Bulgaria: The capital Sofija and Plovdid are accesible by bus from Thessaloniki.

the former yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Skopje

 

Some texts and images have been acquired from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage

Last updated: 25/01/2013