Boat trip highlights in Thassos
The most northern island in the Aegean Sea has a way of wowing its visitors, with sandy beaches, impossibly clear water, a laid-back atmosphere and a lush-green interior. It’s a combination made for a boat trip – unquestionably one of the most popular things to do on holidays in Thassos.
One look at all that dreamy coastline and the decision will be made for you. Boat trips in Thassos come in all styles, with the most popular being organised group trips from Limenaria along the south coast in converted traditional wooden fishing boats (known as a trehantiri). But there are also motor yachts and sailing boats that you can charter with a skipper (for that extra taste of luxury) from both Limenaria and Limenas (Thassos’ main town, in the north).
The beaches trip off the tongue as you sail east of Limenaria, with many amongst the best beaches in Thassos: Psili Ammos and Salonikios, followed by Giola Lagoon (a tear-shaped rock pool rather than a beach but deservedly one of Thassos’ best-known swimming spots), Arsanas (below the Monastery of the Archangel Michael) and the double-beach of Aliki.
Heading west, you’re treated to Tripiti (with its emblematic rock with a hole through which you can swim) and Kefalas Bay, all the way up to Prinos beach in the northwest, past the settlements of Skala Kallirachis and Skala Sotiros.
Which beaches you visit may depend on the direction of the wind and the length and time of day of your boat trip, with sunset tours concentrating on the west coast. Excursions on a trehantiri often come with the bonus of lunch onboard.
Meanwhile, sailing boat and yacht trips from Limenas take you to yet more standout beaches on Thassos’ east coast, like Golden Beach (or Chrysi Ammos) and Paradise beach (opposite the islet of Kirinia) as well as Saliara (or Marble beach - so called because small marble fragments give the sea an emerald colour), or west towards Prinos and beyond.
Whichever boat trip you choose, Thassos won’t disappoint as you swim in blue-green bays and sea caves, with diving cormorants and gulls for company, and learn the easy way just why Thassos is famous for its beaches and Instagrammable vistas.