Very close to the coasts of the mainland of Greece, surrounded by crystal clear water of the Aegean Sea, sits beautiful Thassos. Due to the lush vegetation and forests, this island is known as the “Emerald Isle”. What makes this island ideal for a holiday is pleasant climate, lagoons and bays, numerous amazing beaches, plenty of greenery, tasty wine and delicious honey.
Thassos is not a small island. It spreads over approximately 400 square kilometers, while the length of the coast is about 100 kilometers. The capital city is Thassos (also known as Limenas Thasou, “Harbour of Thasos”). It is the harbor for the ferry boats to Keramoti. Here you can see old harbor, ancient town, amphitheater, acropolis, castle, museums and much more. Thassos Island is perfect for families with children, couples and anyone who wants to explore. Once you visit Thassos, you will certainly want to come back.
Places to visit
When you step from the ferry on this magnificient island, you will be having second thoughts about where to go first. The main road goes along the whole island, allowing access to all 33 different beaches and coves. Many beaches are sandy with a long entrance into the water, and the longest among them is Golden Beach (Skala Panagia). It is 4 km long, 12 km far from Limenas and 4 km away from the village of Panagia and it is located on the eastern side of the island. The one part of the beach called Chrisi Akti which is a beach of Skala Potamia. It is called “Chrisi” which means “golden”, after the color that is reflected on the sand.
Makriammos and Paradise beach stand out as the most picturesque and organized Thassos beaches. Although many beaches in Thassos are developed with hotels and other tourist facilities, however they have not lost their pure environment.
Also, one of the beaches which will enchant you is the Aliki. There are two gulfs in Aliki with beaches of pebbles, sand and crystal waters. The beach on the western side is often crowded, with great resort and lots of taverns that serve ouzo. The eastern beach is quieter and not that occupied. Next to the beaches there is a peninsula of archaeological interest, ideal for hiking.
Thanks to its very long history, which stretches back to the ancient times, on Thassos you can see many of its archaeological treasures, which will make your journey something special. In the ancient times, Thassos was famous for its goldmines and marbles. Still today, here you can see the giant marble factories which export the snow white marble around the whole world. It will amaze you, especially if you arrive at the Marble Beach (Saliara), which is the magnificent beach with small white stones and splendid color of the water. This is a small exotic beach on the northern side of Thassos, 5 km away from Limenas.
Giola – Natural swimming pool
Giola is a natural rocky pool that is located in the region of Astris. The height of the rocks reaches up to 8 m from the place swimmers dive into the crystal clear and transparent, dark green waters. According to the legend, Zeus created Giola for Aphrodite to bathe in it, so Giola is also called Aphrodite’s tears. You can visit Giola by car, but consider that the trip goes on dirt roads, and one part of the road you have to travel on foot, or you can visit it by boat as part of one of the many excursions on the island.
Besides the beautiful beach, Thassos stands out by its traditional architecture. As this is a place with long history, the most interesting sightseeing on Thassos is the Ancient Agora. You can find old temples, remains of sanctuaries, Ancient Theatre and many other old buildings.
Worth visiting is the Monastery of Archangel Michael, which is built on the edge of a cliff, and gives a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea. Monastery dates back to the 18th century, and is located on the way to Aliki, about 25 km south of Limenas.
Many hiking paths cross the center of Thassos, leading to old castles, mountain peaks and traditional villages, such as Panagia, Potamia and Theologos.
Panagia is one of the most picturesque and photogenic villages on the island. It is located only 10 km from Limenas. It is built into the side of the mountain, giving spectacular views to the sea and to the mountains beyond. Natural springs provide this village with pure, clear water. Water bubbles up on the outskirts of the village, runs down alongside the narrow streets where one can actually walk and follow the route of the water down. Here you can buy traditional Greek olive oil andfinger-licking pure honey.
Thassos has so many interesting, unusual and unexplored places, that are impossible to visit all during the vacation. This is why more and more people have fallen in love with this island and crave for returning to Thassos again.
How to get there
Considering that Thassos does not have its own airport, travelers can land onto the nearby “Alexander the Great” airport in Kavala (Chrysoupolis), around 20km from Keramoti port. From there, Thassos can be reached only by boat. Ferries travel to and from Keramoti (Keramoti-Limenas) and Kavala (Kavala-Scala Prinos) daily.
If you come by plane, we recommend you rent a car or bike, because this is the only way you will manage to get to know and explore the beauty of this magical island.
Where to stay
If you want to choose the accommodation, every village around the island has a lot of hotels, rooms, studios or apartments. All information about accommodations on this beautiful island you can find on the site nikana.gr.