Thassos, 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 to taste the good life, Thassos is your ideal emerald escape.
What to do on Thassos
An island for nature lovers
On Thassos, you will find yourself engulfed in a sea of green, which comes in many shades and moods. Take the tree-lined roads from the beaches to the ravines, lakes, cascades 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 the ideal summer destination for an adventure-filled holiday.
Arrival at Limenas
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 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 in the Aegean and it’s surrounded by one of the most important industrial monuments in the Mediterranean, namely the mine itself. Thassos has been a centre of mining operations since antiquity with rich deposits of mercury, lead, iron, manganese and white marble.
Paradise on Earth
It’s all in the name! The exotic beach that goes by the moniker Paradise is considered one of the finest in the Aegean.
The beaches of Thassos
You will probably run out of stamina before Thassos 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, 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 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.
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 view of the sea in a well-tended garden, to water massages and high class restaurants..
Hidden gems of Thassos
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.
The Archaeological Museum of Thassos
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 recently renovated 1930s building.
The villages of Thassos
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.
Experience the best of Thassos
- An island for nature lovers
- Palataki at Limenaria
- Summer Festival
- The Archaeological Museum of Thassos
- The villages of Thassos