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Thassos Island

General Information

The island of Thasos is the northernmost Aegean island. With lush vegetation, rich forests it is also known as the “Emerald Isle”. Thasos comes under the jurisdiction of the Prefecture of Kavala in Macedonia; The Island covers an area of 380 Sq. km, and Mt. Ispario at 1,127 m. is the highest point on the island. Thasos has some of the best beaches in the region as a result tourists arrive here by the boatload. The islands economy rests not only on income from the tourist trade, but also on the export of timber and metal ores.

Successive invaders of Greece were eager to have their share of the wealth, so they levied heavy taxes upon the island and eventually the island declined into poverty. With the growth of the tourist industry and the discovery of oilfields in the seas around the island, the area is enjoying a new era of development. One of the biggest privileges of Thassos, are the unique natural beauties of the island with forests, caves, ravines and amazing beaches.

Capital

Thasos Town (Limenas): the town is the capital and main port of the island, and is full of activity with tourists during the summer months. The town is a modern, with some Archaeological remains; the ancient theatre still hosts plays and other events. The town offers many restaurants and a good nightlife for the tourist.

Sights of Interest in the Town

Thassos was colonised at a very early date by the Phoenicians (1600-1500 BC) between the 6 th and the 4 th century BC, Thassos prospered. The ancient city of Thassos had two harbours - one for naval vessels and one for commerce. In front of the naval harbour lay the ancient agora, surrounded by three great porticoes to the north-west and south-east, while to the north-east lie the ruins of the courthouse, the Tholos, storehouses, a small, oblique portico and an early Christian basilica.

To the east of the agora, walking towards the acropolis, we can make out the remains of the Sanctuary of Dionysus (5th century BC) and a little farther on the Sanctuary of Poseidon (4th century BC). The path leads to the ancient theatre (5th century BC), with a unique view of the sea. From the theatre, the path leads to the remains of the acropolis and the temple of Athena, protector of the city (6th-5th century BC).

Sights of Interest around the Island

The Archaeological Museum: contains remarkable finds excavated at the ancient city: the statues of a young man bearing a ram, Aphrodite with a dolphin and the head of Dionysus.

The Moni Archangelou: is worth a visit, where it is possible to buy icons and crucifixes from the nuns who reside here.

Towns and Villages

Potamia : built on Mt. Ypsario, the tallest mountain on Thassos, and here landscape around is wonderful. Beginning from Potamia, those who feel energetic can go up to the top of Ypsario, following a path through the trees. In the village, is the Museum of Polygnotos Vagis, an international acclaimed sculptor from Thassos.

Kinira: is one of the most beautiful villages in eastern Thassos. The verdant landscape of Kinira is also unique, due to water sources in the mountain. The village attracts many tourists; due to its excellent beaches, the forest above the beach is popular with campers.

Panagia: is a traditional village with a rich history. The name of the village and the existence of 11 churches reflect the religious feeling of the inhabitants.

Limenaria: the second largest town on Thasos, with the usual array of tourist related enterprises is a decent resort though can get busy in the summer.

Mikros and Megalos these small villages in the mountains are worth the visit for their beauty.

Theologos: situated in the mountains is typical of Greek villages, whitewashed houses and an enchanting atmosphere.

Potos: This place is rich in history, culture and renowned for its typical Macedonian hospitality. By the seaside, the visitor will find many quaint little fish taverns, serving fresh fish and other culinary delights.  

Skala Rahoni: is popular destination for the package tourists and is a good place for water sports

Events:

The Drama Festival held in July-August takes place in the ancient theatre.

The Feast of the Assumption on August 15.

The Thasos wedding, this is a re-enactment of a Thasos at Theologos.

Beaches:

Hrysi Ammoudia (Golden Beach): is good but can be crowded during the high season.

Makryammos: is a very good beach.

Skala Potamias: is near to Potamia and has good beaches with clear waters.

Alyki: The beach of Alyki constitutes one of the most loved beaches for the local people and for the tourists,

The islet of Kinara this is a charming place with two good beaches

Potamia: Is disposes of a sandy beach, ideal for families and small children, with spotless waters

Travel

Ferries: ferries from Kavala and Keramoti on the mainland run regular services.

Bus: the islands bus service serves the coastal villages around the island.

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