Information & Facts
Golden Beach and the other main tourist beaches on Thassos offer
a variety of water sports equipment for hire, including sailing
boats. Most visitors spend a day or two sightseeing on the island,
which has several archaeological sites of interest. Motorbikes or
cars can be hired for this purpose. Guided or unguided horse riding
trails can be undertaken from Pine Tree Paddock in the village of
Rachoni. More energetic holidaymakers enjoy exploring the extremely
scenic island on foot. Walking trails have been mapped and
guidebooks are available at most kiosks in the towns and
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.
During late summer wasps can be a problem and a nuisance to
visitors in Golden Beach. Many shops and tavernas do not accept
Thassos is not a holiday destination for all-night party
animals. Nightlife, particularly in Golden Beach, is limited to a
few cocktail bars or spinning out dinner at a local taverna,
perhaps spiced up with some Greek dancing or a guitar player.
Nearby Thassos town has some piano bars and discotheques.
One would have to stay at Golden Beach for a very long holiday
to try out all the tavernas in the vicinity. Quality and menus
vary, of course, but all offer authentic Greek food (with the
emphasis on seafood) and ambience, and prices range from
inexpensive to downright cheap.
Shopping opportunities in Golden Beach itself are limited to a
few small supermarkets and kiosks, enough to keep self-caterers
happy while on holiday. Waterfront kiosks sell beach accessories
like airbeds, along with ice cream, magazines and cigarettes. For
serious souvenir shopping, though, you can take a trip to nearby
Thassos town (Limenas), the island capital, just a short taxi drive
away. Here there are little shops aplenty selling everything from
lighters engraved with an island scene to magnificent marble
sculptures. Island specialities to look out for are fragrant honey,
locally made olive oil, and marble.