Thasos or Thassos (Greek: Θάσος) is a Greek island, geographically part of the North Aegean Sea, but administratively part of the Kavala regional unit. It is the northernmost Greek island, and 12th largest by area.
The Island of Thassos is a real treasure for the country of Greece. Unlike the rest of the Greek islands, the Island of Thassos has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches and water. It truly retains all the Greek culture and tradition that has generally been lost on most of the Greek Islands, as they have become tourist centers that now cater to the many tourists of multi nationalities.
Thassos also has a rich history and archeological sites scattered through out the island. You can combine amusement with archaeological interests. Kavala was a colony of the Thassians. On the island one can still see monuments remaining since its glorious days from the past, such as the walls of the fortress of the ancient city, the temple of Pythian Apollo and the sanctuary of Dionysos with its choragic monument. An important reason for choosing Thassos for your holidays is the fact that it is the only island that lies close enough to mainland Greece to allow you to take excursions to many other archeological sites and beautiful cities that are spread throughout Northern Greece.
Summer on Thassos offers endless sunshine, magnificent beaches, and fun sea activities that attract tourists year after year.Many, however, don’t realise that Thassos is more than a Summer destination… it’s a year-round island!
Spring, Autumn, and Winter on Thassos offer unique choices and opportunities, making it a Greek island you can visit at almost any moment your heart desires.Welcome to one of the most remarkable islands in Greece and all of the Aegean Sea!
The island has no airport, but is served by the International Airport of Kavala. Athens-Kavala: Several scheduled flights daily (50-min flight). The airport ‘Alexander the Great’ at Chrissoupoli is 30 km east of Kavala. There also are flights and charters to and from important European cities, several times a week. The airport is 18 km from Keramoti, which has ferryboats that will get you to the capital of the island (35-min).
If traveling by plane (independent travel), the least expensive way way is to fly to Thessaloniki on a direct flight and then take a bus, or either rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to go on to Keromoti to catch a ferry to Thassos. The drive time is about two and one half hours. Renting a car for the trip to Keromoti is the least expensive.
Thassos Golden Beach
Chrissi Ammoudia (Golden Beach) Thassos: This superb beach is located 12 km aouth west of Limenas and south of Makriamos Beach. It stretches along the coast between the resorts of Skala Panagias and Skala Potamias. Chrissi Ammoudia (Golden Sand) is among the most beautiful and popular beaches of Thassos. It is long, with golden sand and crystalline waters, and it is surrounded by dense vegetation reaching down to the sea. It is a well organized beach and its shallow waters are ideal for children. Mount Ypsarion rises over the bay, adding another beautiful touch to the whole scene.
Limenas quite simply means “the port”. It is the capital of the island and is commonly called “Thassos Town”. It’s the home of the main harbour from which you can easily travel to and from mainland Greece via the ferry port of Keramoti.
The village offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, many more than can be undertaken in one short holiday! It is in the northerly part of the island, surrounded by the densely wooded pine green mountains, and large swathes of olive groves, making the whole a very picturesque setting.
It is just a short distance from mainland Greece, where the city of Kavala can be clearly seen, both during the daytime and at the night-time when it is wonderful to watch the lights of the town and of the villages around. From Limenas one can enjoy spectacular sunsets, as the sun dips behind the mountains, while enjoying a cool drink in the evening warmth.
A nice place to walk and get out of the sun for an hour. The small village of Maries (nearby) has a couple of restaurants in a shady square that provide a lovely place for a spot to eat. It’s fun watching people arrive in the small square and watch them try to make a decision on which restaurant to use. There seems to be fierce competition between the two restaurants.
Alykes are at the northeastern side of Thassos in a distance of 32km from Limenas.
There are two gulfs in Alyki with beaches of pebbles, sand and crystal waters. Its gulfs are used as well as natural harbors from small fishing boats. The beach in the western side is a place of great resort and organized with lots of taverns that serve ouzo. The eastern beach is more quiet and not so busy. Next to the beaches there is a peninsula of archaeological interest, ideal for hiking.
It is said that during the antiquity, it was the kingdom of Alyki with large population and a big port. The ancient hamlet has a particular archaeological interest as well as two old paleochristian basilicas and a quarry of marble. Probably, a great earthquake was the reason of the abrupt evacuation in Alykes. In 1896, excavations revealed a well preserved Kouros that is exhibited in the museum of Istanbul.
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