The best hiking paths of Thassos
Known for its exotic beaches and the pure-white marble gracing many Greek monuments, Thassos is also a wonderful destination for lovers of outdoor activities and hiking holidays in Greece. More than 70% of the island is taken up by the slopes and foothills of Mt Ipsarion, much of it covered by pine, olive and chestnut trees and other greenery.
There are countless footpaths to follow, some connecting mountain villages hidden within forests and others winding down to coastal settlements, following trails used by the earliest villagers who lived in the hills as protection from pirate raids. Or you can turn your attention to Mt Ipsarion (1,204m) and enjoy one of the routes towards the summit, experiencing even more incredible sea views. Either way, you’ll be gifted with rich nature and (especially during spring and early-summer months) plenty of running water.
There are hiking paths in Thassos for all ages and abilities. We focus here on two options – the first, a gentle stroll for the whole family around the port-capital, Limenas, in which you’ll be introduced to Thassos’ ancient monuments, and the second (for more adventurous hikers) exploring the footpaths up Mt Ipsarion.