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.
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
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
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
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.