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The Emerald Island

Off the Beaten Track: Emerald Glory and Olive Magnificence Under the Songs of the Sirens
Considered as one of the most fertile islands of the Aegean, Hippocrates had mentioned “… the winter looks like spring and the summer is more than breezy…”. The island of green and blue is blessed with majestic emerald waters around the coastline, charming mountainous villages, verdant vegetation and scattered archaeological monuments of exceptional interest. This is Thasos, an island that resembles a large rock erupting from the Aegean. Where the natural sceneries are so virgin and the protagonist of the show is none other than mother nature, the feeling of freedom overpowers you making you desire to open your wings and fly high. As though you characterize it, the clarity and purity of nature of Thasos will never change. Thasos is blessed with the finest of nature. The unimaginable scenery of the verdant forests and the turquoise waters unfolds in front of your eyes as your soul feels an inexplicable euphoria. Just like a fairytale. A magical tale full of odours, water colours and verdant vegetation. Dreaming of travelling to paradise? It’s not far; just come to Thasos!

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The Capital of Thassos

The Town of Limenas , else known as Thassos Town, is the capital of Thassos located on the north side of the island. The charming harbour nestles between the verdant mountain slopes. From here, one can enjoy spectacular sunset views. Limenas is the administrative and commercial center of the island with numerous amenities. Worth visiting sights include the archaeological museum along with the ancient agora of Thassos and the ancient theatre of Thassos. In short distance, one can find numerous beautiful beaches including Limanaki, Makryammos, Nisteri, Glyfada and Papalimani.

The Ancient Agora of Thassos

The Ancient Agora of Thassos was the administrational, political and religious center of the ancient town of Thassos. It is the most important archaeological site of the island located at the center of Limenas. The monumental complex was constructed in the 6th century BC while the gradual rebuilding of the agora started in the beginning of the 4th century BC. The entire area was enriched with buildings, monuments, statues and temples throughout the roman period until the 3rd century. Although the ancient agora of Thassos was destroyed through the centuries, important monuments are still visible.

The Beach of Saliara

The Beach of Saliara is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos. It is an exotic beach with turquoise waters and verdant vegetation located on the north side of the island.

The Mines of Thassos

The Mines of Thassos are located at the beach of Metallia. The mines of the island used to be an old factory elaborating iron. The exploitation of the mines started from a German company in 1905 but they ceased in 1912 owing to the First World War. However, the exploitation was continued from Vielle Montagne in 1925 until 1830 when it was interrupted owing to the financial crush. All the activities stopped in 1963.

The Monastery of Archangel Michael

The Monastery of Archangel Michael is located between the village of Astrida and Aliki. It is one of the most important religious centers of the island built on the edge of a steep cliff with panoramic views of the Aegean and Mount Athos. The monastery houses valuable icons and other ecclesiastical objects. The Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael made a great fortune from worshipers’ donations.

The Olive Oil Museum

The Olive Oil Museum is located close to the village of Skala Prinos. The museum is dedicated to the long tradition of Thassos on the production of virgin olive oil. One can discover the modern production process of olive il along with its long history. The museum offers a rich exhibition of photographs, many varieties of olive oils, different methods of extracting olives and the historical influence of olives in the culture of Greece. There are fourty local types of olive trees in the outdoors exhibition of the museum.

The Pool of Giola

The Pool of Giola is the natural pool of the island located in the region of Astris. The height of the rocks reaches up to eight metres where swimmers can dive into the emerald waters. Giola is accessible from a short drive from the region of Poto to Astris. Remember to bring with you water and food, since the place is quite remote.

The Village of Theologos

The Village of Theologos is one of the most beautiful villages of Thassos located on the central part of the island. Lying on a spectacular location of natural beauty, Theologos is the cultural capital of Thassos that has been declared as a traditional settlement from the Ministry of Culture. Every June, an interesting reconstitution of the traditional local wedding of Thassos is held in this village. One can visit the folklore museum of Theologos to discover the represantation of a traditional house in Thassos. Theologos is also known for the traditional products and the local specialties. A visit to this village is definetely a must!

Archaeological Sites

The Acropolis of Thassos was the natural defense of the ancient town located on top of the hill of Limenas. The acropolis constituted the ultimate defense of the island. The first inhabitants of Thassos constructed the wall of the acropolis with the intention of using it as a treasury safe. The entire acropolis had been reconstructed, restored and amplified in various periods.  The acropolis used to be surrounded from the medieval castle built from the Genoese Family of Galetuzi in the first half of the 15th century. On the second summit of the hill, one can admire the remnants of the ancient temple of Athena while the relics of the sanctuary of Pan are located on the highest point of the acropolis. It is worth following the path and ascending the verdurous hills since the scenery is magnificent.

The Ancient Agora of Thassos was the administrational, political and religious center of the ancient town of Thassos. It is the most important archaeological site of the island located at the center of Limenas. The monumental complex was constructed in the 6th century BC while the gradual rebuilding of the agora started in the beginning of the 4th century BC. The entire area was enriched with buildings, monuments, statues and temples throughout the roman period until the 3rd century. Although the ancient agora of Thassos was destroyed through the centuries, important monuments are still visible.

The Ancient Theatre of Thassos is located above the ancient agora in the harbor of Limenas. The theatre lies inside a natural hillside cavity. According to the historical texts of Hippocrates, the theatre must have been built in the 5th century. Today, the local festival of Thassos is held within the ancient theatre of Thassos. The festival hosts a series of cultural events including concerts and performances. The theatre offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Sanctuary of Dioskuroi Brothers is located above the beach of Aliki. The ancient settlement dates back to the 7th century BC. It is believed that the settlement must have been prosperous owing to the marble mining activities of the area. A part of the mining site lies on the seabed of the beach. According to historical evidence, the Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens was partially made using the marble stone of the island.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Holy Apostles is located in the area of Evreokastro. The beautiful whitewashed chapel with the red tiled roof offers astonishing sunset views. One can admire remnants of archaeological interest in the wider area.

The Church of Agia Paraskevi is located in the village of Theologos. Made of stone and tiles, this church is famous from the icon of Virgin Mary. The icon was made from wax and mastic, and it is considered as a work of Apostle Luke. The church of Agia Paraskevi is among the oldest churches of Thassos.

The Church of Agios Athanasios is located in the village of Kastro. It is one of the oldest churches of the island and the jewel of the village. The church celebrates on January 18 with a large feast enlivening the remote village. From there, you can also visit the chapel of Prophet Elias standing on the edge of the village.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the oldest churches of Thassos standing in the center of Limenas. The church was built on the foundations of an ancient temple. Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of sailors.

The Church of Panagia is located in the homonymous village. The church is dedicated to Virgin Mary built in 1833. The church is famous for its impressive wood carved temple. In the interior of the church there are numerous ecclesiastical icons from the 14th century.

The Monastery of Archangel Michael is located between the village of Astrida and Aliki. It is one of the most important religious centers of the island built on the edge of a steep cliff with panoramic views of the Aegean and Mount Athos. The monastery houses valuable icons and other ecclesiastical objects. The Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael made a great fortune from worshipers’ donations.

Monuments

The Building of Kalogeriko is located on the harbor of Limenas. It is a historical building of exceptional Macedonian architecture. Today, it is used by the municipality of Thassos to host cultural events.

The Building of Palataki used to house the headquarters of the German company that exploited the marble quarries in Limenaria. The building is an exceptional specimen of Thassian architecture. Despite all the restoration attempts that took place, the building has not been preserved.

The Mines of Thassos are located at the beach of Metallia. The mines of the island used to be an old factory elaborating iron. The exploitation of the mines started from a German company in 1905 but they ceased in 1912 owing to the First World War. However, the exploitation was continued from Vielle Montagne in 1925 until 1830 when it was interrupted owing to the financial crush. All the activities stopped in 1963.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Thassos is located in the village of Limenas. Exhibits include important archaeological findings from the excavations sites of Thassos including the ancient theatre and the ancient agora. The most notable works include the statue of the emperor Andrianus, the marble head of Pan and the bust of the head of Dionysus.

The Folklore Museum of Theologos is one of the three folklore museums of the island found in the village of Theologos. Housed in one of the most beautiful mansions at the center of the settlement, the museum exhibits a represantation of a traditional house in Thassos. The other folklore museums are found in the vilages of Limenaria and Kallirahi.

The Honey Factory was established from the Beekeeping Cooperative of Thassos. The factory is an excellent place to discover the locally produced honey of Thassos. If you are on the island around the 15th of August, don’t miss the annual honey festival held in the premises of the honey factory. The honey factory is located between the villages of Skala Prinos and Skala Rahoni.

The Sculpture Museum of Vagis is located in the village of Potamia. Polignotos Vagis is a famous scuptor from Greece who gained regognition for his works in scuptures until his deapth in 1965. The museum is dedicated to the life and works of the sculptor exhibiting more than 90 works of him.

The Olive Mill of Sotirelli is a real jem located in the village of Panagia. The mill was used from the family of Sotirellis to press olives and produce olive oil. Although it does not operate commercially, visitors are invited to visit it. The mill is a beauytiful symbol of the old traditions of Thassos.

The Olive Oil Museum is located close to the village of Skala Prinos. The museum is dedicated to the long tradition of Thassos on the production of virgin olive oil. One can discover the modern production process of olive il along with its long history. The museum offers a rich exhibition of photographs, many varieties of olive oils, different methods of extracting olives and the historical influence of olives in the culture of Greece. There are fourty local types of olive trees in the outdoors exhibition of the museum.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Drakotrypa is located in the village of Panagia. The cave distinguishes for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites formations. In fact, the name of the cave means dragon cave. It was named after a stalactite that had the shape of a dragon.

The Cave of Pan is located in the area of the ancient town of Thassos. It is a small cave with a carved depiction of God Pan. Although the engraving has faded out though the years, the brilliant portrayal can be still distinguished. Pan was the god of shepherds and fields and he was also associated with music. According to mythology, he once challenged God Apollo who was the best musician. His cultivation was widely spread in antiquity and continued until the Roman times.

The Lake of Maries is an artificial lake with dense vegetation located in the village of Maries. It is a wonderful place for nature lovers and bird watchers, recommended for a peaceful promenade. To reach the lake, follow the gravel road at the end of the village. The route is easy and the road is in good condition.

The Pool of Giola is the natural pool of the island located in the region of Astris. The height of the rocks reaches up to eight metres where swimmers can dive into the emerald waters. Giola is accessible from a short drive from the region of Poto to Astris. Remember to bring with you water and food, since the place is quite remote.

Promenades & Villages

Alyki is a beautiful peninsula located on the southeast side of the island. The charming fishing hamlet is world renowned for its antiquities and the beautiful preserved demonstrations of the quarries. The ancient quarry is located on the southeastern point of the cape. The bay of Alyki is famous throughout the world as a location from which the genuine, high-quality white marble of Thassos that used to be exported worldwide. The turquoise waters and the serenity of the natural environment offer unique moments in landscapes of striking natural beauty. The bays of Alyki are considered to be the most beautiful bays in Thassos.

Kallirahi is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The beautiful settlement nestles in a verdant area full of olive groves and pine trees. Kallirahi is renowned for the preservation of its old customs and traditions. The haven of the village is Skala Kallirahi with a long pristine coastline. Here, one can admire astonishing sunset views. Worth visiting sights include the folklore and naval museum of the settlement and the charming churches of Kallirahi. On October 26, the village celebrates the day of saint of Agios Dimitrios with a traditional festival.

Kastro is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Lying at an altitude of 450 meters, the traditional settlement is not visible from the coastline. It was built in this way to protect the area from pirate invasions. The name of the village derives from the remnants of a castle that once stood there built from the Genoese Family of Gateluzi. The village is surrounded from deep gorges and ravines blessed with verdant vegetation. On January 18, the village celebrates the day of the saint of Agios Athanasios with a traditional festival.

Kazaviti is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. The verdant settlement nestles on the mountain slopes with wonderful views to the Aegean. The name of the village derives from the Latin words Casa meaning house and Vitus meaning wine. The house of wine is definitely a mountainous village you must discover. Quaint brick houses perched on the hillsides emerge through the dense vegetation creating a beautiful atmosphere with idyllic sceneries. The most important monument of Kazaviti is the ancient theatre that hosts various musical and theatrical events in the summer. On Easter, the settlement celebrates with various religious feasts. One will have the opportunity to experience an authentic folklore festival in that season. It is highly advisable to enjoy the local specialties of the area at the charming square of Megalo Kazaviti under the shade of an ancient plane tree.

Limenaria is a seaside village located on the southwest side of the island. The charming harbour of the settlement offers beautiful views to the Aegean and Mount Athos. Limenaria has maintained its unique local culture and traditions. One can enjoy the local specialties in a wide choice of taverns by the sea.  You should definitely visit the majestic beaches of Tripiti, Metallia, Pefkari and Rossogremos. Other monuments include the building of Palataki, which served as the headquarters of the German Company exploiting the quarries of Thassos.

Limenas , else known as Thassos Town, is the capital of Thassos located on the north side of the island. The charming harbour nestles between the verdant mountain slopes. From here, one can enjoy spectacular sunset views. Limenas is the administrative and commercial center of the island with numerous amenities. Worth visiting sights include the archaeological museum along with the ancient agora of Thassos and the ancient theatre of Thassos. In short distance, one can find numerous beautiful beaches including Limanaki, Makryammos, Nisteri, Glyfada and Papalimani.

Maries is a mountainous village located on the northeast side of the island. This is one of the oldest villages of Thassos nestling on a deep ravine. Here, one can visit the monastery of Panagouda with its priceless ecclesiastical treasures. The center of life lies at the charming square of the village with an ancient mulberry tree. On August 15, the folklore festival in honour of Virgin Mary is held in the village. Must visit is the beautiful mountainous lake of Maries offering landscapes of outstanding natural beauty.  The haven of the village is Skala Maries spreading over three beautiful bays with sandy beaches.

Panagia is one of the most charming and traditional villages of Thassos located on the northeast side of the island. Built on the mountain slopes, the beautiful settlement is distinguished for its traditional architecture and its spectacular views to the Aegean. Natural springs provide the settlement with cold waters running down alongside the narrow streets. The haven of the village is Skala Panagia with the long pristine coastline of Golden Beach. Panagia is the center of celebrations of the carnival of Dionysus, the god of Wine, held forty days before Easter Sunday. Also, the traditional celebration in honour of Virgin Mary takes place on August 15.

Potamia is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. Lying on the foothills of the highest mountain of Thassos, the traditional settlement is blessed with verdant vegetation. The natural environment is shaped from numerous gurgling springs. Lovers of hiking can follow the mountain trails that lead to the majestic mountain. There, one can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area. The haven of the village is Skala Potamia with the long pristine coastline of Golden Beach. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agios Dimitrios and the Sculptor Museum of Vagis.

Prinos is one of the largest villages of Thassos located on the northwest side of the island. The settlement is known for the outdoor market taking place at the central square of Prinos every Monday morning. Excursions and hiking expeditions are organized in the mountains throughout the year. The natural surroundings offer beautiful landscapes with olive groves and pine trees. Prinos is also known for its virgin olive oil throughout the country. The haven of the village is Skala Prinos with a long pristine coastline. This seaside settlement has one of the last traditional shipyards of Greece.

Rahoni is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. Lying on the second largest olive plain of Thassos, the settlement of Rahoni is surrounded from spectacular flora of verdant pine and olive trees. The haven of the village is Skala Rahoni with a long pristine coastline. Monuments worth visiting include the church of Panagia for its fine statue of Virgin Mary. Walking up to the highest point of the village will lead you to the beautiful village square where you can enjoy the traditional recipes of Rahoni.

Sotiros is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Characterized as one of the calmest settlements of Thassos, Sotiros nestles on the western mountain slopes of the highest mountain of the island. The natural beauty of the surrounding forest along with the mountainous springs creates beautiful sceneries. Here, one can enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets. The haven of the village is Skala Sotiros with a long pristine coastline.  On August 6, the village celebrates the day of the Transfiguration of Christ in the church.

Theologos is one of the most beautiful villages of Thassos located on the central part of the island. Lying on a spectacular location of natural beauty, Theologos is the cultural capital of Thassos that has been declared as a traditional settlement from the Ministry of Culture. Every June, an interesting reconstitution of the traditional local wedding of Thassos is held in this village. One can visit the folklore museum of Theologos to discover the represantation of a traditional house in Thassos. Theologos is also known for the traditional products and the local specialties. A visit to this village is definetely a must!

Sunset Spots

Spot: Ancient Theatre of Thassos, North Samos

Spot: Beach of Potos, South Thassos

Spot: Chapel of Agioi Apostoloi, North Samos

Spot: Skala Kallirahi, West Thassos

Spot: Skala Prinos, Northwest Thassos

Spot: Village of Sotiros, West Thassos

Activities

Diving: The varied coastline of Thassos offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The underwater rocks of San Antonio, the shipwreck of Panagia Isle, the rock of Pefkari, the reef of Kefalas and the volcanic sites of Giola Archangelos are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centres at the beaches of Limenas, Pefkari, Potos and Skala Prinos.

Hiking: Thasos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. Numerous mountainous trails are available from one village to another. The mountain peak of Ypsario is one of the most intriguing challenges with breathtaking views. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from either Limenaria or Theologos that leads to the traditional settlement of Kastro. (2) Start your exploration from the harbour of Limenaria towards the beach of Tripiti. Choose the time of the sunset, as you will enjoy astonishing views. (3) Another interesting route starts from the building of Palataki in Limenaria towards the beach of Pefkari. There, you will have the opportunity to pass through the area of Metallia with the quarry remains of Thassos. (4) The route from the village of Panagia to the settlement of Skala Panagia is also an interesting route with beautiful verdant sceneries.

Horse Riding: Thassos offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find the riding school in Skala Prinos.

Mountain Biking: The mountainous topography and the rich natural diversity of Thassos is ideal for cycling and mountainous biking enthusiasts. Numerous trails are drowned from verdant vegetation providing one of the most enthusiastic ways to discover the mysterious beauties of Thassos. You can find hire shops all around the island. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from Potos towards the village of Theologos. Following this trail, one will reach the village of Kastro after twenty kilometres. From there, one can also visit the waterfalls of Agii Apostoli. (2) Another interesting route starts from Potos towards the village of Maries and the lake of Maries. Continuing uphill, one can reach the shelter of the climbing club just a few meters beneath the highest top of Thassos. Discover more information from the Mountain Biking Association of Thassos. The Mountain Bike Race is held in the island on an annual basis.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Ypsario in order to explore the mysterious beauties of the island. The dirt and rocky roads of the island are ideal for lovers of off road driving. 4X4 vehicles are available for hire all over the island. Make sure you always check the maps of Samos before you get into your car!

Windsurfing: Thassos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. Agios Ioannis beach is an ideal place for practising windsurfing.

Beaches

Agios Ioannis is a sandy and pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos with beautiful natural surroundings. The beach is ideal for snorkelling.

Alyki is a breathtaking peninsula located on the southeast side of the island. The turquoise waters and the serenity of the natural environment offer unique moments in landscapes of striking natural beauty. The bays of Alyki are considered to be the most beautiful bays in Thassos.

Giola is the natural pool of the island located on the south side of the island. The height of the rocks reaches up to eight metres where swimmers can dive into the emerald waters. Giola is accessible from a short drive from the region of Poto to Astris. Remember to bring with you water and food, since the place is quite remote.

Chrissi Ammos, else known as Golden Beach, is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos surrounded from verdant vegetation with numerous amenities.

Glyfada is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the north side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for relaxation and seclusion.

Glikadi is a long sandy beach with emerald waters located close to the capital of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Thassos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach bar. The beach offers beautiful views to the island of Thasopoula.

Koinyra is a scenic cove located on the east side of the island. The long white sandy beach offers emerald waters with verdant vegetation. The beautiful area offers astonishing views to the verdant mountains of Thassos.

Limenaria is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the southwest side of the island. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities. Here, one can admire beautiful sunset views.

Livadi is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquillity. The surrounding area offers beautiful natural sceneries.

Makriammos is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located in a close proximity from the capital of Thassos. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island with numerous facilities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports.

Metallia is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos surrounded from the old mines of the island. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas.

Paradise is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos with amazing sceneries. Enthusiasts of windsurfing will fall in love with this beach.

Potos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on south side of the island. It is a well organized beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports. The long beach is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation.

Psili Ammos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars.

Rossogremos is a sandy beach with emerald waters and verdant vegetation located on the south side of the island. It is a well organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas ideal for those looking for relaxation. The surrounding area offers beautiful natural sceneries.

Saliara is an exotic beach with turquoise waters and verdant vegetation located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island renowned for its whitish pebbles.

Skala Kalirahi is a scenic seaside resort located on the west side of the island.It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thassos with exotic sceneries of verdant vegetation and turquoise waters. One can find numerous amenities in the surrounding area.

Skala Maries is a fishing village located on the southwest side of the island. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns. The surrounding area offers beautiful sceneries protected from the winds. The beach is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation.

Skala Potamias is a beautiful resort with a long sandy beach located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Thassos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and taverns. Also, sport fans can enjoy beach volley.

Skala Prinos is a beautiful resort with a long sandy beach located on the northwest side of the island. The sandy beach is blessed with emerald waters and numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and taverns. Also, sport fans can enjoy beach volley.

Tripiti is a long sandy beach with turquoise water located on the south side of the island. The beach is well organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The most intriguing part, however, is the beautiful rocky formations of the beach. Don’t forget your mask for amazing snorkeling experiences.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Gianniki: Coffee, Limenaria
Grand Café: Coffee, Limenas
Kavos: Coffee, Skala Maries
Neromylos: Coffee, Theologos
Open Café: Coffee, Skala Potamia

Gastronomic Delights

Adreas: Greek Cuisine, Kazaviti
Akrogiali: Ouzo and Meze, Poto
Fedra: Seafood, Skala Panagia
Glyfoneri: Ouzo and Meze, Limenas
Kostas: Greek Cuisine, Kastro
Krambousa: Seafood, Skala Potamia
Labiris: Greek Cuisine, Theologos
Leonidas: Greek Cuisine, Alyki
Limani: Seafood, Limenaria
Magic Coast: Greek Cuisine, Skala Potamia
Maistrali: Greek Cuisine, Limenaria
Mesogeios: Greek Cuisine, Limenas
Omorfi Alyki: Greek Cuisine, Alyki
Pefkospilia: Ouzo and Meze, Pachi
Platanos: Greek Cuisine, Potamia
Ploumi: Greek Cuisine, Skala Rahoni
Sotiris: Greek Cuisine, Chrissi Akti
Symi: Seafood, Limenas
Tavernaki: Greek Cuisine, Limenas
Vasilis: Greek Cuisine, Kazaviti

Cocktails Inspirations

Drift Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks,
Karnagio: Cocktails and Drinks, Limenas
Open Café: Cocktails and Drinks, Skala Potamia
Paradise Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks,
Sunshine Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Skala Potamia
Tropical: Cocktails and Drinks, Potos

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the wine of Thassos, the fine honey and the virgin olive oil of the island.

The local specialties of the island include piperolahana, a form of spicy flavour cabbages, sfragisto stifado, a dish made from veal with herbs and vegetables, octopus with cabbages, pumpkin pie, paspalopita, a pie made from zucchinis, eggs and feta cheese saragli, an oriental Thassian dessert with nuts, dough and syrup and rose spoon sweet.

Events & Festivals

Every Carnival Period, the Carnival of Thassos takes place in he island. The carnival is renowned for the revival of old pagan customs.

Every June, the Representation of the Thassian Wedding takes place in the village of Theologos.

Every July, the Festival of Philippi takes place in the city of Kavala in Macedonia along with the island of Thassos. Numerous cultural and musical events are held for a period of one and a half month.

Every July, the Festival of Thassos takes place in the island. The festival hosts a series of musical and theatrical events for a period of two months. Some of the events are held in the Ancient Theatre of Thassos.

Every 25th of July, the Sardine Festival takes place in the village of Skala Kallirahi. Free sardines and wine are offered to the visitors under the rhythms of traditional music.

Every 27th of July, the traditional celebration in honour of Agios Panteleimonas takes place in the village of Kazaviti. The Festival of Kazavitiana consists from numerous cultural events including musical concerns and theatrical plays.

Every August, the Honey Festival takes place in the village of Prinos. The festival is organized from the Beekeeping Association of Thassos.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honour of Virgin Mary takes place in the village of Panagia.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Thassos was the island of the Sirens. Sirens were devilish women with a fish tail who had a beautiful voice. Every time that a man head them sing, fell under their spell. In Odyssey, the Sirens were the ones who tried to enchant Odysseus.

History

Archaeological findings show that Thasos was first inhabited from the Thracian tribes during the prehistoric times. The island was colonized from the inhabitants of the island of Paros who discovered the minerals of gold and marble and flourished in the industry of trading during the 7th century BC. In 477 BC, Thasos became a member of the Delian League, which led to the revolt of the inhabitants, an unfortunate effort stopped from the Athenians who destroyed the walls of the city and their ships. Thereafter, the island was occupied from the Spartans followed again from the Athenians, bringing independence to Thasos. However, King Philip II of Macedonia took the control of the island, and Thasos became a member of the Macedonian Empire. The possession of the island was taken from the Romans in 197 BC who rebuilt the old town and the ancient theatre, and started the trading industry again. Around 565 AD, the island was ruled from the Arabs, liberated by Heraclites, followed from a series of pirate invasions. The Saracens conquered Thasos, until Nikiforos Fokas defeated them. In 1161 AD, a French count plundered the island and the inhabitants became slaves. After the partition of the Roman Empire, Thasos became a part of Byzantium. During the 14th century, Thasos came under the domination of the Genoese that contributed to the fortification of the island until the Ottomans captured the island. Then, Thassos was ceded to Mehmet Ali, the Vizier of Egypt in the end of the 15th century. Thasos was reunited with the rest of Greece in 1912.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Kavala has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis.  From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (17 Nautical Miles): Thassos is accessible by boat from the harbour of Kavala and Keramoti in Northern Greece. The journey usually lasts one hour. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

Agroutourism in Thassos: Olive Picking, Honey Making or Wine Harvesting?

Olive Picking

Olive picking usually begins in the end of October. Enthusiasts of agritourism can experience this amazing activity from October up until December. Discover the history of olive oil of Thassos in the museum of olive oil in Skala Prinos. Also, the olive mill of Sotirelli in Panagia was used from the family of Sotirellis to press olives and produce olive oil. Although it does not operate commercially, visitors are invited to visit it.

Honey Making

Thassos is also renowned for the fine quality honey. The collection of honey starts in June and then on August and September. It is very interesting to see the entire process of collection and processing honey. One can discover the history of honey making tradition of Thassos at the honey factory close to Skala Prinos.

Wine Harvesting

During September and October, travellers can participate in the collection of grapes and raki production process which evolves during the period of November in a traditional distillery.

An Excursion to the Isle of Krambousa

One of the secret gems of Thassos is the small islet of Krambousa located just off the coastline of Skala Potamia. There, one can visit the chapel of Blessed Daniel. The easiest way to climb to the islet is from the north side, since the other area is very steep and rugged. The locals visit this tiny island with their boats each year to honor the memory of this blessed man.

Astro Camping at the Highest Spot of Thassos

Can you imagine watching the stars from the highest point of Thassos? One of the most intriguing activities is camping on the top of the highest mountain of Thassos. Hundreds of campers participate in an annual event organized from the Friends of Astronomy. The lights of the camp turn off at 11pm as amateur astronomers use telescopes to observe and photograph the starry night sky. Discover more information from the Official Website of Astrocamping.

Carnivals and Satyrs: The Carnival of Thassos

The Carnival of Thassos is one of the most popular festivals of the island. The carnival is celebrated in the traditional manner in the mountainous village of Thassos. Clean Monday, the first day of the Lent, marks the culmination of the carnival season in Greece. Lots of dancing, feasting and masquerades spread the spirit of joy all around Thassos. On the last Friday before the Lent, numerous festivities are held in Potamia village. People dress in fancy costumes and dance under the rhythms of traditional music while food is offered to the guests. The Carnival Parade of Potamia marks the end of the carnival season on the last Sunday of the Lent. Usually, the parade starts at 14.00. The themes of the parade are often satirical and of great amusement. After the parade, the feast continues with dancing all evening!

Discover the Abandoned Village of Kastro

Lying at an altitude of 450 meters, the abandoned settlement of Kastro is not visible from the coastline. It was built in this way to protect the area from pirate invasions. The name of the village derives from the remnants of a castle that once stood there. Built from the Genoese Family of Gateluzi, one can admire the traces of the fortifications, medieval erections and vestiges of the Genoa dynasty. The village is surrounded from deep gorges and ravines blessed with verdant vegetation. The only day that the village comes alive is January 18. Pilgrims from all over the island come to Kastro to celebrate the memory of Agios Athanasios. Music and songs reverberate through the medieval alleys.

Discover the Sunken Quarry of Thassos

In ancient times, Thassos was exploited for its subsoil sources. On the edge of the peninsula of Alyki, there is a sunken quarry. So, don’t forget to bring your diving and snorkeling equipment with you!

Dives in a Natural Pool

Dreaming of diving in a natural pool? You will find it in Thassos! The Pool of Giola is the natural pool of the island located in the region of Astris. The height of the rocks reaches up to eight meters where swimmers can dive into the emerald waters. Giola is accessible from a short drive from the region of Poto to Astris. Remember to bring with you water and food, since the place is quite remote.

Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Thassos is blessed with some of the finest beaches of the Aegean. Some of the most beautiful beaches include Alyki, Livadi, Metallia, Paradise, Saliara and Tripiti.

Enjoying your Coffee at the Squares of Panagia, Potamia and Rahoni

The heart of the villages of Panagia, Potamia and Rahoni centers on the main squares of the villages. The cobblestone squares of these villages are ideal for enjoying your coffee!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Santorini offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Thassos Villages

The natural diversity of Thassos hides millions of surpizes! However, the true gems are the villages of Thassos! Head to the traditional villages of Panagia and Theologos to admire the traditional architecture of the island and visit the village of Kallirahi for its verdant vegetation and its atonishing sunset views. Explore Discover the deserted settlement of Kastro and the verdant sceneries of Mikro and Megalo Kazaviti and explore the old customs and traditions of Thassian island life in the village of Kallirahi. Visit the verdurous settlement of Maries for the imposing monastery of Panagouda and the festival in honour of Virgin Mary and explore the lake of Maries, an impressive natural setting blessed with vegetation. Enjoy the picturesqueness of Panagia and Rahoni villages, visit the village of Potamia for the fabulous views and the lush vegetation and head to the village of Sotiros for the spectacular sunset.

Find more Information About Thassos

If you want to discover the entire island of Thassos, it is highly recommended to get information from the website of Go-Thassos.gr.

From Thassos With Love: Thassian Olive Oil

Thassos has a long tradition in the production of olive oil. The island produces a distinct wrinkled black olive renowned as the Thassian Trouba Olive. These olives are medium sized and rich in quality, which produce virgin olive oil with very low acidity. The Thassian olive oil contains large amounts of antioxidants. One can try and buy Thassian olives and olive oil everywhere on the island, and even abroad!

Hiking Higher than Highest

Visit the village of Potamia in order to climb to the highest point of Thassos. Mount Ipsarion lies at an altitude of 1204 meters. The trail that leads to Ypsario starts from the west side of Potamia, continuing uphill. One can sleep at the mountain shelter of Ypsario. Keep in mind that the route is moderately difficult!

It’s Sunset Time

The best sunset locations of Thassos include the beach of Potos and the village of Sotiros!

Mountain Biking on Thassos

The mountainous topography and the rich natural diversity of Thassos are ideal for mountain biking enthusiasts. You can find hire shops all around the island. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. Mountain biking in Thassos, especially in the center of Ipsarion Mount, is an experience that should not be missed. One of the most beautiful routes starts from Potos towards the village of Theologos. Following this trail, one will reach the village of Kastro after twenty kilometers. From there, one can also visit the waterfalls of Agii Apostoli. Another interesting route starts from Potos towards the village of Maries and the lake of Maries. Continuing uphill, one can reach the shelter of the climbing club just a few meters beneath the highest top of Thassos. Discover more information from the Mountain Biking Association of Thassos. The Mountain Bike Race is held in the island on an annual basis.

Observing like an Olympian God

Standing like a guard off the sheer cliffs, the Monastery of Archangel Michael offers panoramic views to the Aegean Sea! In the villages of Kazaviti, Panagia and Potamia, one can also enjoy spectacular views. If you are courageous enough, hike to the mountain peak of Ipsarion to admire the best views of Thassos!

Romantic Horse Carriage Rides

Riding in a traditional horse carriage is a beautiful experience! During the summer, numerous horse carriages are available in the areas of Limenas and Skala Potamia. They offer a short tour of the villages!

What is Skala Something?

If you visit the island, you will always see the name “Skala Something” in the seaside areas. For fear of pirate invasions, the Skala would be used as docking areas for fishing boats as the villages were built on the mountainous parts of Thassos.

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Note: All the images are copyrighted from their owners. Please see Terms & Conditions. You can find the original images at the following links:

Ancient Agora: Rustyruth by Panoramio

Ancient Marble Quarries at Alyki: Mihail Beta by Panoramio

Ancient Theatre: Dionisis Markopoulos

Giola Lagoon: Christina Thassos by Panoramio

Gramvousa: Visitgreece by Flickr

Kazaviti Village: Konoikon by Panoramio

Koinyra Peninsula: Visitgreece by Flickr

Landscape: Shutterstock

Limenas Town: Shutterstock

Maries Waterfalls: Kissro by Panoramio

Monastery of Archangel Michael: Visitgreece by Flickr

Palataki: Visitgreece by Flickr

Panagia Village: Shutterstock

Paradise Beach: Ioannis Vasilakakis by Flickr

Pebbles at Metallia Beach: D. Economidis by Panoramio

Petra beach: Visitgreece by Flickr

Saliara Beach: Trellakis by Panoramio

Thasopoula Islet: Visitgreece by Flickr

Tripiti Beach: Pantelis B. by Panoramio

Theologos Village: Hotelpotos.com