one of the most green and beautiful islands in Greece, lies in
the gulf of Kavala just 8 kilometres from the mainland. With
98 kilometres of coastal road around the island, wonderful
scenery, sandy beaches, fishing villages and mountain
settlements such as Panagia, are all waiting to be explored.
Three centres, the capital Thassos Town or Limenas as it is
also know, Potos and Limenaria.
buildings of Thassos Town cluster round both new and charming
old habours. The ancient remains of the town, including a
small theatre, afford idyllic views over the town. There is a
wide choice of tavernas and cafes and the town boasts a good
beach. Thassos Town is the ideal base to explore Thassos
On the south
coast of the island we feature the area around Potos, a
reasonable sized village with amenities and good beaches. We
would recommend car hire if you consider staying in this area
of the island.
not least, Limenaria on the west-coast is the second largest
town on the island. Facilities are good with many tavernas and
cafes. Beach lovers will adore Thassos Island and relaxation
is easily achieved, but we feel some time should be taken to
tour the island either by car or an organised coach excursion
to appreciate the scenery beauty. A very good circular road
enables easy travel around the island’s coastline. Along its
length, whilst rarely losing sight of the sea, you will
encounter thickly forested mountain scenery, traditional
villages, working fishing ports, seaside resorts, and many
sandy beaches. You don’t need to hire a car to do this - the
bus service operates a ‘round-island’ service up to five
times a day.
of the island is in the north, and the best place to base
yourself for general exploration. From here ferries run very
frequently to the mainland and so sites such as Pillipi, just
to the north of Kavala. Being the largest settlement, although
by no means a metropolis, Thassos Town has the greatest
variety of shops, caffee, bars and restaurants. As almost
everywhere on the island, it has its own sandy beach.
coast has the best scenery mountains meet sea here – and
some fine beaches. Chrissi Ammoudia (Golden Beach) is probably
the best, although now a developing resort area. Paradise
Beach, halfway down, is naturist. The small sandy inlet of
Aliki has the remnants of a Doric temple on its headland and
is popular with photographers and caique trippers alike – it
is certainly pretty. But the best beaches are in the far
south, which boasts a string of gloriously sandy bays. Here is
the island’s second town, Limenaria, and the two
smaller resort villages of Potos and Pefkari.
The gentler western coast has olive trees, beaches of its own
and a procession of fishing villages.
built high in the hills for protection against marauding
pirates, there are some beautiful old villages to seek out.
Traditional Thassian villages, rather like those in the
Pelion, have grey-slate roofs, a cool central square, mountain
springs and lush vegetation. The local tavernas here serve
simple, honest and fresh fare. Theologos is worth a
visit – it was the old medieval capital – and from Potamia
walkers will enjoy the path leading up to the summit of Mount
Ipsarion, at 1200 metres the highest point of the island.
close to the mainland, Thassos is popular with Greeks for
their own summer holidays, and the small resort areas can be
busy for a four week period in July and August. But the island
is large enough, and has so many miles of sandy beach, that it
manages to absorb this influx with greater ease than many
smaller islands. Thassos is famous for its honey – beehives
are much in evidence – and marble is still quarried today.
It is an island of great natural beauty, a distinctively Greek
atmosphere, and with much to offer away from the beach.
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