Thassos, the island of the Sirens, offers you as many options as there are colours in the blues of its sea and sky, the greens of its trees and the golden hues of its sandy beaches. On this island in the North Aegean, you will enjoy 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 a taste of delicious simplicity, Thassos is your ideal emerald escape.
On Thassos, you will find yourself engulfed in a sea of green. Take the tree-lined roads from the beaches to the ravines, lakes and footpaths around the villages. Rewarding trails like Maries-Prinos, Panagia-Potamia-Ypsario, Kallirahi-Prinos or Hrisi Ammoudia-Limenas can be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike. For lovers of outdoor sports, Thassos is an ideal summer destination for an adventure-filled holiday.
This is Thassos’ link to the mainland and its capital since antiquity. Be sure to see the ancient agora; the sanctuaries of Herakles, Dionysos, Artemis and Poseidon; the Acropolis with its incredible view 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 the small harbour by the beach. At night, you’ll have fun choosing your favourite from among dozens of restaurants and bars.
Palataki (little palace) is a two-storey rectangular building with a pair of towers. 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 one of the most impressive of the administrative buildings in the Aegean and it’s surrounded by one of the most important industrial monuments in the Mediterranean, the mine itself. Thassos has been a centre of mining operations since antiquity with rich deposits of mercury, lead, iron, manganese and white marble.
You will probably run out of stamina before Thassos runs out of beaches: Paradise, Chrysi Akti, Chrysi Ammoudia, Agios Antonios, Alykes, Trypiti, Skala Potamia, Paralia Limena, Pefkari, Skala Rahoiou, Giola, Saliara or Marble beach, as enamoured tourists call it, all combine the azure of the sea, pale or golden sand and enchantingly verdant backdrops. Topping it off are the tavernas, beach bars and water sports available at some of the most popular beaches.
Thassos has it all: scuba diving at Pefkari, water skiing at Chrysi Ammoudia, Pefkari and Psili Ammos, windsurfing at Paradise and boat rides to the most isolated beaches. Fun and games in the sea and wind on the island of your dreams.
No matter your budget, Thassos 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 sea view to water massages and high-class restaurants.
The annual summer Kavala-Thassos Festival hosts notable performances and concerts. The cultural events reach their peak with the representation of the ‘Thassos wedding’, where you’ll witness the revival of ancient Dionysian traditions through local wedding customs.
At 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 1930s building.
Whether on the coast or inland you’ll discover beautiful little villages all over the island, such as Agios Georgios, Alyki, Theologos, Kallirahi, Kastro, Kazaviti, Koinyra, Limenaria, Maries and Panagia.