THASOS

THE EMERALD ISLAND IN THE NORTHERN AEGEAN

Aerial view of Thasos

A verdant splash upon an expanse of azure: intensely traditional, Thasos will enthral you


Thasos, island of the Sirens, offers you as many options as there are colours in the blues of the sea and sky, the greens of the trees and the golden hues of the sandy beaches. This island in the North Aegean is one of the best options for your summer holiday in Greece, thanks to its beautiful beaches and traditional allure. You will enjoy your stay in the excellent hotels, sample local delicacies in the villages, hike the trails and seek out the island’s secrets. If you are a nature lover, into water sports or just want the good life, Thasos is your ideal emerald escape.

What to do in Thasos

An island for nature lovers
The colour green in all its hues envelops you on Thasos. Take the tree-lined roads from the beaches to the ravines, lakes, cascades and foot-paths around the village. Discover the following trails, on foot or mountain bike and be rewarded: Maries-Prinos, Panagia-Potamia-Ypsario, Kallirahi-Prinos, Hrisi Ammoudia-Limenas. For lovers of outdoor sports, Thasos is the ideal summer destination for an adventure-filled holiday.

Arrival at Limenas
This is Thasos’ link to the mainland and its capital since antiquity. Be sure to see the ancient agora; the sanctuaries of Herakles, Dionysos, Artemis and Poseidon; and the incredible view from the Acropolis and the 5th century BC theatre – all testament to the island’s long history. To get back to today’s world, walk through the central market and its dozens of shops as well as the small harbour on the beach. At night you’ll have fun choosing your favourite from among dozens of restaurants and bars.

Palataki at Limenaria
Palataki (little palace) is a two-storey rectangular building with a pair of towers, a typical example of eclecticism. Built in the early 1900s to provide office space for Speidel, the German company that was in charge of the island’s mines, it’s considered the most impressive of the administrative buildings and attractions in the Aegean and it’s surrounded by one of the most important industrial monuments in the Mediterranean. Thasos has been a mining centre since antiquity with rich deposits of mercury, lead, iron, manganese and white marble. 

Paradise on Earth
Truth in advertising! The exotic beach that goes by the name Paradise is considered one of the finest in the Aegean.

The beaches of Thasos
You will probably run out of stamina before Thasos runs out of beaches: Chrysi Akti, Chrysi Ammoudia, Agios Antonios, Alykes, Trypiti, Skala Potamia, Paralia Limena, Pefkari, Skala Rahoiou, Gkiola, Saliara or Marble beach as the enamoured foreign tourists call it. The combination of the azure of the sea, pale or golden sand and green backdrops with enchant you. Topping it off are the tavernas, beach bars and water sports available at some of the most popular beaches.

Activities
Thasos has it all: scuba diving and instructors at Pefkari, water skiing at Chrysi Ammoudia, Pefkari and Psili Ammos, windsurfing at Paradise and boat rides to the most isolated beaches from all over. Fun and games in the sea and wind on the island of your dreams.

High-end hospitality
No matter your budget, Thasos will more than satisfy you. Whether you opt for one of the five-star hotels and villas, or just a room or furnished apartment, everything is here for you, from swimming pools and poolside bars with a view of the sea in a well-tended garden, to water massages and restaurants.

Images of Thasos


Hidden gems of Thasos

Summer Festival
The annual summer Kavala-Thasos festival hosts notable performances and concerts. The cultural events reach their peak with the representation of the ‘Thasos wedding’, where you’ll relive the revival of ancient Dionysian traditions through local wedding customs.

The Archaeological Museum of Thasos
A 3.5m tall kouros – an imposing statue representing a male youth – greets you as you enter the museum, which holds an important collection of finds from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD, in a renovated and expanded building of the 1930s.

The villages of Thasos
Whether on the coast or inland you’ll discover beautiful little villages all over the island: Agios Georgios, Alyki, Theologos, Kallirahi, Kastro, Kazaviti, Koinyra, Limenaria, Maries, Panagia.


Thasos: the whole world in one island
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THASOS: THE WHOLE WORLD IN ONE ISLAND by Nikos Tsarouhas

"The white Thasos marble that makes the pebbles on beaches, such as Paradisos and Saliara, look like they come from another planet."


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