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Thassos - North-Eastern Aegean Islands (Greece)

THASSOS. The Greek island of Thassos is the most northern island in the Aegean Sea. It is located near the coast of Macedonia, near the town of Kavala (Keramoti, 10 km). Thassos is a very popular tourist island, visited annually by thousands of tourists.

What makes Thassos so popular is the beautiful vegetation of the landscape, the fantastic beaches, the picturesque villages, the beloved and also pleasant town (Thassos town or Limenas), its rich history, the delicious local specialties and the hospitality and friendliness of the Thassian islanders.

Thassos is not so large, making it easy to discover and explore. It covers an area of 379 square kilometres, the total length of the coastline is 95 kilometres, on the island live about 14 000 permanent residents. The capital and port of the island is Thassos town (Limenas) with 3100 residents.

Thassos is a relatively circular island, in the middle are hills and mountains. The highest peak of the island is located at 1206 meters altitude on the mountain Ypsarion. To explore it well it’s best to rent a car. Of course there are also buses that can take you everywhere on the island.

There is a main road around the island, the total length of this route is about 73 kilometres.

Photo Gallery Thassos - Photos of North-Eastern Aegean Islands

Prinos and Skala Prinos | Thassos | Photo 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Limenaria Thassos | Greece | Photo 22 - Photo JustGreece.com Alyki Thassos | Greece | Photo 32 - Photo JustGreece.com Golden Beach - Skala Panagia - Chrissi Ammoudia | Thassos | Photo 21 - Photo JustGreece.com Thassos town (Limenas) | Thassos | Photo 12 - Photo JustGreece.com Panagia | Thassos | Photo 23 - Photo JustGreece.com Skala Rachonis | Thassos | Photo 7 - Photo JustGreece.com From Keramoti (Near Kavala) to Thassos | Greece | Photo 23 - Photo JustGreece.com Potamia Thassos | Greece | Photo 12 - Photo JustGreece.com Alyki Thassos | Greece | Photo 13 - Photo JustGreece.com Limenas  - Thassos town |Greece | Photo 18 - Photo JustGreece.com From Keramoti (Near Kavala) to Thassos | Greece | Photo 19 - Photo JustGreece.com Limenaria Thassos | Greece | Photo 23 - Photo JustGreece.com Paradise Beach - Kinira | Thassos | Photo 4 - Photo JustGreece.com Limenas  - Thassos town |Greece | Photo 25 - Photo JustGreece.com

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The round of Thassos

When you make a tour around the island, you will discover a lot of nice villages. A term you'll hear often on Thassos is the prefix "Skala", which literally means "stage". There are the villages Skala Rachonis, Skala Prinos, Skala Maries, Skala Potamias and Skala Panagias. These are all coastal villages that have a similar commitment with generally a mountain village or village in the interior; so in addition to the Skala villages also the villages of Rachoni, Prinos, Maries, Potamia and Panagia. The big difference between these villages is often the architectural style, where the mountain villages have a more traditional style, the villages on the coast are more focused on tourism.

Thassos has many quaint seaside towns and mountain villages such as Theologos, the old capital of the island. A number of popular resorts are located in the south of the island  like Limenaria, Potos and Alyki. On the eastern coast are the famous Golden Beach and Paradise beach where you can imagine yourself in the Caribbean Sea.! Thassos is definitely an island where you undoubtedly will enjoy a fantastic holiday.

Average temperature Thassos
January
9.5°C
February
9.9°C
March
11.6°C
April
15.6°C
May
20.2°C
June
24.7°C
July
26.6°C
August
26.1°C
September
22.9°C
October
18.5°C
November
14.3°C
December
11.3°C

History of Thassos

Thassos is an island that is inhabited since prehistoric times. According to old writings of literary men, Thracians and barbarians lived here before the 8th century BC. In the 7th century BC colonists from Paros came to settle here. As a result,the island developed economically, the "Parians" after all, were good in trading with other Greek states, even to the Black Sea.

In the 4th century BC, the island was annexed by Macedonia and the Macedonian King Philippos the 2nd. During the Roman and Byzantine era, Thassos  started to flourish again.

In the 7th century, the island was attacked by several Slavic and Arabic tribes. Thassos was indeed always an interesting island for conquerors because it was rich in metals (gold, bronze, lead, iron) and stones (marble). It was also known because of its wine.

Afters the Slavic and Arab people, came the Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese. Finally, in 1459 the island fell into the hands of the Ottomans. From 1913 the island belonged to Greece again.
 

Sights and tips Thassos

- The many picturesque mountain villages where the houses are designed in Macedonian architecture, set amid beautiful green countryside.
- The gorgeous coastal villages with their beautiful beaches.
- The ruins and monuments around Thassos town.
- The Archaeological Museum of Thassos town.
- Remnants of shrines and temples of antiquity.
- The old and the new port of Thassos town
- Several monasteries on the island, like the monastery of Archangel Michail.


Foto's Thassos - Thassos in beeld

Skala Rachonis | Thassos | Foto 6 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Thassos stad (Limenas) | Thassos | Foto 12 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Golden Beach - Skala Panagia - Chrissi Ammoudia | Thassos | Foto 25 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Potamia Thassos | Griekenland | Foto 7 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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Beaches on Thassos

Thassos is an island with many beautiful beaches and hardly ever windy in contrast with the beaches of other Greek islands. The sea is mostly shallow. Most beaches are accessible by car. Famous beaches of Thassos are Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti) in Skala Panagias, Paradise Beach (Paradisos) at Kynira, Makryammos, Chrissi Akti in Skala Potamias, the beach of Potos, the beach of Alyki, the beach of Limenaria, the beach Psili Ammos beach of Astris, beach Trypiti, the beach at Skala Maries, beach Skala Kalirachis, the beach of Skala Sotiros, the beach of Skala Rachonis, the beach of Skala Prinos, the beach Glyfoneri, beach Pachis etc.
 

Culinary specialties and products from Thassos

- Kourbani, a dish of boiled beef
- Honey of Thassos, which is among the top in Greece.
- Yogurt with honey
- Throumbes, a kind of olives
- All kinds of delicious wines
- Tsipouro, a type of gin made ​​from grapes.
 

Campsites on Thassos

  • Camping Chrissi Ammoudia, Skala Panagias, Thassos, 02593-61207
  • Camping Pefkari Beach, Pefki, Limenaria, Thassos, 025930-51190
  • Camping Nysteri, Nysteri Limenas, Thassos. 025930-23327
  • Camping Paradissos, Potos, Thassos, 025930-51950
  • Camping Persefs, Rahoniou Skala, Thassos, from 025,930 to 81,242
  • Camping Prinos, Thassos 64 010, 02593-071270

 

Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Maxine van Hoften

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