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Welcome to Thassos


The package tour companies have only recently started to invade Greece's most northerly island, the emerald Macedonian isle of Thassos, close to the mainland port of Kavala in the Aegean Sea. Those seeking a true Greek Island getaway can still find some traditional tavernas, interesting archaeological sites, picturesque villages and beautiful sandy beaches washed by crystal clear water. The locals are fast learning to cash in on the tourist trade, however, and resort hotels are springing up as ferries disgorge the crowds during the height of the summer season.

Historically Thassos is one of the richest of the Greek islands. It was inhabited as far back as 2,000 BC, home to the Thracians up until the Phoenicians, drawn by the wonderful climate, rich pine woods and white marble, colonised it in 1,500 BC. The Greeks arrived about 700 years later, staging a peaceful takeover, and the Romans followed. All left their legacy in the form of archaeological sites, which today provide plenty of interesting excursions for visitors.

The capital and main port is the city of Limenas, which is not particularly inviting, but has a pretty old harbour sporting colourful fishing boats and traditional tavernas. Within easy reach of Limenas are the lovely little villages of Panagia and Potamia, overlooking the sandy Golden Beach and the long, inviting crescent of Skala Potamias. A little further away is the quieter village of Kinira with its pebbled beach, and the pinewood-ringed Paradise Beach, frequented by nudists. On the south coast, at Aliki, lies a peninsula forming two magnificent bays, also site of ancient marble quarries.

The most popular tourist resorts hug the south-western coast, near the town of Limenaria, but further along the west coast are a series of quaint fishing villages, interspersed with lovely beaches and coves. Inland, old mountain settlements charm with narrow cobbled streets and cafes on the village square. Those tired of the more well-worn Greek destinations will find Thassos refreshing.

Information & Facts


Located in the northern Aegean, the island of Thassos is a little cooler than the more southerly Greek Islands. Winters tend to be wet and even cold. Spring is delightfully mild and sunny. Summers are warm to hot and tend to be humid.

Getting Around

There is a good road network on Thassos island and transport services include buses, taxis, and boats, as well as rental cars and motorbikes. Buses leave daily from Limenas to Theologos, Skala Potamia, Panagia, Skala Prinou, Limenaria, Potos, Alyki and Kinyra. They also stop at a few of the local villages and there are island tours available. Taxis are available from Limenas, the island resorts and a few of the main villages, while rental cars and motorbikes can be hired in Limenas and Skala Potamia. There are also boat operators offering excursions around the Thassos coastline.

Kids Attractions

Thassos is a good holiday destination for people with children. There are a few beaches on the island that kids love, for example the water at Scala Potamia and Golden Beach is quite calm, making them very child-friendly. The Makryammos resort has great facilities for kids, favourites being the mini-zoo and playground. There is also horseback riding for children on Thassos Island, available at the Pegasus Riding Centre in Theologos, and Pine Tree Paddock in Rachoni.

Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining euros.


The nightlife in Thassos is both lively and varied, catering to a number of tourists from all over Europe. The majority of bars, cafés and restaurants are in the capital, Limenas, but there are also events hosted by most of the holiday resorts. There is also live entertainment on many of the beaches in the evening. In Limenas there are good tavernas near the harbour, and the most popular are Taverna Tarsanas and Syrtaki Taverna.

Limenas also has bars with live music, many of them featuring bouzouki (Greek music) performances. Island Café, near the old harbour, is great for cocktails and dancing, while Full Moon bar is also very popular. There are also a few bouzouki bars in the island's villages, and rembetika music (introduced by refugees from Asia Minor) can be heard at Taverna Orizontes in Theologos.


The main areas for shopping on Thassos are in Limenas, the island's capital, and in the holiday resorts. In Limenas there are many souvenirs shops, boutiques, gift shops, supermarkets, bakeries, butcheries and electrical shops. Pottery, leather goods and embroidered linens are also available, as are good quality clothes, shoes, jewellery and antiques. The best Thassos souvenirs are local products such as thyme-scented honey and olive oil, Thassos marble and olive wood carvings, and (of course!) ouzo. Many of these are available from the Prinos streetmarket on Monday mornings. At the coast most shops are near the beach, and in the mountain villages they are generally found in the village centre.


The beautiful island of Thassos has many attractions for visitors on holiday. The 7th-century ruins of Ancient Thassos are still evident in Limenas today, and the 12th-century Archangelou Michail Monastery in the south-east of the island is another interesting site. There are some lovely beaches to relax on, as well as a couple of lakes and waterfalls to enjoy. Thassos also has a number of interesting museums and archaeological sites to visit, and an excellent streetmarket to browse through.

There are a number of small villages that are pleasant to visit as well, including the traditional Panagia, quiet Scala Rahoniou, and picturesque Kazaviti.

The history of Thassos is uncovered at the Museum Theologos, set in an old mansion that was the home of the mountain village's former mayor, Mr Chatzigeorgiou. The mayor played an essential role in the revolution against the Turks that took place on the island in 1821. Exhibits include displays of olive presses, flour mills, tools, looms and chests from the 18th century, as well as some wonderful pictures.

Each Monday morning, the Prinos Streetmarket is a great attraction for Thassos visitors. The market offers a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a good assortment of nuts. Leather goods and hardware are also available from the market, as well as shoes, clothes and household accessories. There is a café next to the market place offering much welcomed refreshments for weary shoppers.

The island of Thassos has a number of excellent beaches to relax and have fun on. Tripiti is known for its natural bathtub and a cave leading to the ocean, while Livadi is popular with campers and Makriammos is home to some great mussels. Pefkari has bars, taverns and a small kiosk, and watersports include banana boat rides, jet-skiing and paragliding. The nudist beach of Paradise is one of the most beautiful on the island. The western beaches are the calmest, Scala Potamia and Golden Beach being the best for small kids.

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