Thassos, Greece – beaches and sights
The small and picturesque island of Thassos (Greece) is located in the north-east of the country, in the Aegean Sea. It is the northernmost and greenest Greek island, covered with forests, oak groves, chestnut and plane trees. Thassos has an area of 380 km² and a permanent population of just over 14 thousand. It is possible to visit the entire island in just one day.
A tranquil atmosphere reigns in this harmonious place with its vivid scenery and ancient sights. The island will appeal to those who love silence, picturesque nature and history. If you prefer a quiet and informative vacation, you will be comfortable here.
How to get there
There are not many Russian tourists on Thassos: probably because of the remoteness of the island from the nearest airport in the large city of Thessaloniki, where regular flights from Moscow fly. To get to the island, you must first take bus 78 to the bus station and there change to a regular bus to the port cities of Keramoti or Kavala (the ticket costs 15 euros). The distance of 130 km may be covered by a rental car.
Then take a ferry. From ancient Kavala, the ferries go to the port of Prinos, from Keramoti to Limenas, the island’s capital. The time of transfers differs in 2 times – 1,5 h and 45 min respectively. For tickets from Keramoti you will need to pay 4 euros (adult) and 2 euros (child), from Kavala – 6 and 3 € respectively. A rented car can also be transported to the island for an additional fee of 18-19€. Up-to-date ferry schedules and ticket prices can be found at http://thassos-ferries.gr/ (there is a Russian language version), but tickets can only be purchased at the company’s ticket office shortly before departure.
The isolation of the island creates certain inconveniences for travelers, because it is impossible to get to it without transfers. But thanks to this Thassos is a quiet place with unspoiled nature.
All prices are for December 2020.
Villages and attractions on the island
Ancient temples, snow-white beaches and picturesque mountains, groves and atmospheric settlements are all in harmony with each other. Although the island is small, you’ll have plenty of choices for what to see on Thassos and where to take beautiful photos.
Limenas is the ancient capital of the Greek island, where most of the architectural sights of Thassos are concentrated. The city is surrounded by ancient walls that are more than two kilometers long. Fragments of the walls are in good condition. In the center of Limenas, visit the ancient market square, one of the best preserved ancient sites on this island of Greece. Also in the small square of the capital city are:
- The archaeological museum;
- the ancient ruins of the acropolis and theater:
- The partially preserved Temple of Apollo;
- the more modern temple of St. Nicholas.
Originally it was a fishing harbor with no permanent population. Only a few years ago the village became a lively resort with well-appointed but sparsely populated beaches with azure waters, clear even in the most popular tourist months.
Cars in Potos drive only on a couple of streets: most of Potos is for pedestrians. The cozy streets are filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. In the evening you can sit down in a restaurant on the shore and watch the beautiful sunset. When the weather is good the famous Mount Athos can be seen from the banks of Potos. Detailed information about the mountain is presented in this article.
The highest point of the island is Mount Ipsario. Its peak reaches a height of 1200 m above sea level. The mountain is covered with green trees and its slopes offer a gorgeous panorama of the island and the coast. To admire these views, go up to the village of Potamia on the mountainside. Here you can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but also visit the museum of Greek sculptor Vagis.
At 10 kilometers from Potamia lies the mountain village of Theologos, which used to be the capital of the island. It is one of the most colorful attractions of Thassos in Greece. There are many restaurants with national cuisine and an ethnographic museum in the town. But the main local pride is the ruins of the ancient city of Istanio.
The ancient center will not leave indifferent photo lovers: narrow streets and attractive houses with tall windows are a sample of traditional Greek style. To spice up your stay in Theologos, you can visit the secluded beach, which is particularly appreciated by windsurfers, because the wind blows almost all the time.
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This historic village on the shores of the Thracian Sea is a must visit for lovers of cognitive, intellectual vacation. Here you will enjoy not only the beautiful beach and nature, but also ancient sights. The real pearl of Alika is the ruins of an ancient temple with preserved ancient inscriptions.
Near the village of Kazaviti, in the interior of the island, there is one of the main attractions of Thassos, the Monastery of Panteleimon, which was built in the first half of the 19th century. The building was built in stone and the roof was made of wood and covered with slate. Near the monastery there is a cave, in which, according to legend, lived St. Panteleimon himself. It is believed that people who have visited this monastery, can be cured of any disease. Therefore, some travelers overcome long distances to get hope for a cure.
Another famous religious landmark of Thassos (Greece) is a large temple of the Archangel Michael on the edge of the cliff. It is located 25 km from the settlement of Limenaria. This convent was built in the 18th century. It is interesting both for its architecture and the beautiful view of the sea. It is also where a fragment of the Holy Nail taken from the crucifixion of Jesus is kept. Get ready for the strict rules of visiting the monastery: women can enter only in long skirts and with closed hands, men – in long pants.
Beaches of Thassos
The island of Thassos has 115 kilometers of coastline with beautiful white sand and clear water beaches. Most of them have received the international Blue Flag rating. It is awarded to coastal areas with excellent conditions for recreation: clean water and air, quality infrastructure. Just looking at the photos of Thassos Island in Greece, one wants to be transported immediately to its beaches.
This beach is hidden in a secluded area on the west coast of Thassos. The “Blue Flag” award-winning beach of San Antonio boasts well-equipped beach areas and establishments with friendly bartenders and waiters whose cuisine is worthy of all praise.
On the southeast side of Thassos, Paradis beach is a secluded little cove that is frequented by surfers. The sandy beach is sheltered by hills covered with tropical trees and plants. Water quality and purity is certified by the “Blue flag” mark.
Paradise is divided into 3 zones, depending on the preferences of holidaymakers. Bikini zone is chosen by tourists who hold conservative disposition. Topless zone is designed for men and girls without the top part of the swimsuit. A separate area is reserved for nudists. Holidaymakers are asked to respect the rules of each zone, there is a control on site.
Entrance to the beach Paradise is free, sun lounger and umbrella are provided free of charge, but before that you still need to make an order at the bar. It is enough to buy an ordinary milkshake.
This beach is located 5km from Potos village. In the high season, there are restaurants and taverns and it can be difficult to find a free place under an umbrella. This is because Psili Ammos is considered the best sandy beach of Thassos. The beach has a special charm due to the cozy dunes with tamarisk bushes. In the shade of the trees you can sit on a towel. The beach is accessible by foot and is therefore suitable for small children.
On Makrimos (south-eastern coast, near the town of Limenas), there are families with children. This beach differs from the others in the first place with a wide infrastructure and a wide range of entertainment, including sports games.
Makrimos and the other beaches of Thassos, has been awarded by the European Tourism Committee (Blue Flag Award), indicating its high quality. There are bars and restaurants on site. Many vacationers prefer to stay in the nearby comfortable hotel.
The marble beach on Thassos is the highlight of the entire island. Instead of the traditional sand or small stones, this beach is studded with marble chips (marble is mined nearby). Thanks to this coating the beach gets a perfect shade of white in the sun. Struck by this beauty tourists do not cease to admire it and take numerous photos.
Marble Beach is famous for its quiet atmosphere. Since the nearest hotel is 40 minutes on foot, there are usually few tourists. At the same time the beach is free, vacationers can freely use all the facilities. The only condition is to make an order at the bar.
Here you can bask on the warm white sand, swim in the azure water, relax and rest in solitude. All conditions, which creates a green bay, there are for this. Loungers are provided free of charge.
Local restaurants cook traditional Greek dishes, so you can spend the whole day on the beach and not worry about lunch. When you tire of lying down, tourists go for a walk through the shady alleys of an olive grove, admiring the picturesque nature.
Weather and Climate on Thassos
The weather in months on Thassos in Greece differs from the other, more popular islands. Thassos is located further north, so it’s a little cooler here. The maximum temperature during the summer months rarely rises above 29 degrees Celsius. The bathing season lasts from late May to late September, although many continue to swim in October.
Since the island of Thassos (Greece) is 90% covered with deciduous and coniferous forests, the air here is fresh and the weather is comfortable in any month. Therefore, the resort is ideal for families with young children and anyone who cannot stand the heat.
A brief overview of Thassos island and useful travel tips – in this video.
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Thasos Island beach reviews
The island of Thasos is located east of Halkidiki. You can diversify your vacation on the beaches of Sithonia or Kassandra by going to Thassos Island for a couple of days to broaden your horizons.
How to get to Thassos
If you rent a car in Greece (car rental website in Greece) then drive from Thessaloniki (or any other city in Halkidiki) eastwards to Keramoti town. Ferry: From Keramoti there is a ferry to Thassos island. The ferry terminal in Kavala (Kavala – Skala Prinou) is also available.
But from Keramoti to Thassos ferries run every hour, but from Kavala only 2 times a day. So the obvious choice is Keramoti. The ticket costs 3.50 euro per passenger and 25 euro per car. Since the ferries go one after another – the queue for loading is very dynamic, so let your passenger run to buy tickets while you’re in line for loading, telling the make and model of your car. The size of the car determines the price of the ticket.
The journey time to Thassos is 45 minutes. All this time people are having fun feeding the seagulls with corn sticks (the ferry buffet is doing a good business on sticks). The seagulls shitting on the heads of ferry passengers in gratitude.
Marble Beach on Thassos.
Immediately after leaving the ferry we turned left (the main route on the island – roundabout) and drove along the sea to Marble Beach. Its advantages: – the country road paved with marble chips (the dust from under the wheels is also marble) – marble pebbles the size of candy “peanuts in sugar” on the beach – a very strong contrast of the beach with the sea water – you must take photos with filters – as usual in Greece – clearest sea – darkness of the people on the beach (we had to come on a weekend in Thassos, when the Greeks from the continent come to rest)
Going into the sea immediately deep. Marble pebbles of white color the size of a pea – it’s cool. Similar has seen only on the island of Sardinia. The color of the water is deep turquoise and as it is already clear by default – the water is crystal clear. After the deserted beaches of Sithonia, we had some shock on Thassos, but I can admit – we are quite “overpopulated” and many where tourists. Therefore, divide my grumbling by 3, or even by 10.
On the island of Thassos there are marble mines: mined or extracted marble of high quality. This is exactly where Marble Beach is located. There are two of them: the first Marble Beach is free (put a towel and swim). The car can be parked on a free parking lot 50 meters from the beach, closer to the forest (the number of spaces is limited, but for some reason always there).
The second Marble Beach – Marble Beach – is more like a beach club: – marble columns at the entrance (rich) – tents and benches with white mattresses for a company or family – music – lounge – bar – booze – you have to pay money for the presence in this place (how much I do not know) and you can enjoy the sea
If to pass the paid beach, there is a place where you can park the car and look around. Here just working quarry where marble is extracted. You can see it by the piles of marble sand and the iron structure that looks like a crane.
Video of these places
If you go further along the road along the sea (the road is unpaved with cobblestones) then you can see a small bay where they bring holiday-makers by steamer Eros (such cruises are here). They take people from the north of the island and take them to all the picturesque bays all day long: if you don’t want to go by car. It’s comfortable: you have a drink on board, and then you go into the sea to cool off… The beach in this place is sandy and shallow, but the range of colors of the surrounding area is very pleasant. People swim from the anchored yachts and mothers with children from the shore.
If you go further, you can meet mountain goats. At some point, all the car tires are covered with a layer of their poop.
Golden Beach on Thassos.
After that the road goes over the pass and leaves to the beach Golden Beach (Chrisi Ammoudia village is hotels and package tours, Skala Potamias is a private sector, probably like on the brochures of Anapa). This beach sucks and reminded me of Pattaya in the 90’s (yellow sand, lots of people, long beach a few kilometers).
Having spat on further exploration of the island we went to a pre-booked villa, which turned out to be a townhouse. It was noticed that on the island all the cottage buildings, which are divided between several tenants and townhouses in the form of blocks (bedroom downstairs, bedroom upstairs, living room in the middle, a terrace outside with a grill and garden furniture with a view of the neighboring exactly the same) – are called villas. Hello Gelendzhik-Crimea (I beg your pardon, but I think that similar accommodation in the mentioned resorts of Russia will be called a palace)!
After checking in and getting acquainted with the owners, who for some reason I am panicked and do not want to take money and look at my ID (I admit that I was rather sharply replied to their letters demanding to pay 20% deposit, requiring an invoice with details and deciphering all the final amount by inserting bookings.com copy + my details and title), we went in search of a boat.
Remembering that in Vurvura the boat is not available day in day out, we were going to find an office and make a deposit to set sail the next day. On the Internet google found only one office that offers a boat with the most powerful motor even 20 hp. It is located in Potos. The address is not available, but we are sure we can find it by the signs. But reaching up to Potos we found this office and apparently it no longer exists – at least none of the local does not know where to look for it. But we saw the beach as in the cartoon “Well, wait! – People lie stacked, some cakes by the water, someone snores, someone eats, children squeal, women expose udders. It’s horrible!
Lodging on Thassos.
Update on accommodation: Lodging on Thassos: Mylonas Villas – nice townhouses with living room, two bedrooms and toilets, as well as its yard with barbecue. But we thought the villa would be a detached unit.
On the second day, we drove to Giola (a hole in the rock one meter from the edge of the sea), a hole filled with seawater. I called it a cenote, but this is fundamentally wrong: a cenote in Mexico is a cavity in limestone filled with fresh water. And Giola on the island of Thassos is a quirk of nature – over time, part of the rock has been eroded by sea water and turned into a kind of natural seawater pool.
The road here is full of misery: parking is up 800 meters away from Giola and after parking the car, we drove in the heat and dust down a very steep slope. Okay, downhill is much steeper: it takes, as they say, seven sweats. You can shorten your way a little bit and go down to the parking lot on the intermediate level – there someone enterprisingly built a cafe and sells fried shrimp and water to the suffering pilgrims.
What about Giola? Nothing… The people, as usual on Thassos island, are over the roof: they come in cars, they bring the crowds on cruise ships. There is no desire to jump into the natural pool – it looks like soup with dumplings, and around the flies – people watching.
After driving on the road already to the north, on the eastern part of the island, and thus the study of the island of Thassos we boarded the ferry, drove back to the continent. Our favorite house in Parthenonas (Sithonia, Halkidiki) and the super beach Toroni were waiting for us.
In general, everything would be fine if the Bulgarians and the Serbs, like the Russians, asked themselves the same question: “Should we go to Greece? And they would have stayed at home in Bulgaria and Serbia, because they are fed up with the fact that 92% of hotel rooms in Sithonia are occupied… Yes, the vacations in Europe have started in August.
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