With stretches of fine golden sands, a rich history, and quaint local tavernas, holidays to Thassos are nothing short of idyllic. It’s the perfect trip for anyone wanting to explore an authentic side to Greece. Known as the ‘Emerald Isle’, you can expect gorgeous landscapes of green forests and olive groves.
Things to do
Fall in love with Thassos’ hidden coves on a boat trip around the Greek island. You can spend your time soaking up the sun on Golden Beach, or if you’re feeling active, visit the watersports centre and hire a jet-ski. Venture into the capital, Limenas, to explore remnants of the island’s past at the Archaeological Museum. Or catch a bus to the ancient village of Theologos, and walk through its cobbled streets to the white-stone Agia Paraskevi church, where you’ll find the famous wax figure of the Virgin Mary. Then end your day by the harbour in one of the traditional tavernas to enjoy classic seafood dishes like liokafto or sea bream.
Where is Thassos in Greece?
Thassos is a Greek island in the north of the Aegean Sea. Right up close to the north-eastern Greek mainland, Thassos sits in a warm part of the Mediterranean and welcomes tourists throughout the summer.
Just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, you’ll soon find yourself in the sunshine of this beautiful Greek island. With warm, clear water during the summer, Thassos is great for swimming and snorkelling as well as sailing and diving.
With such a short and easy flight from the UK to the nearby mainland, ferries leave regularly to whisk you away to Thassos island and its stunning beaches. Taking a ferry ride isn’t the only time you could be on a boat on your Thassos holiday though. With sea caves, rugged coastlines and secret beaches, this island has the perfect coastline for boat trips.
Explore the beaches and mountains
Thassos is a truly authentic Greek island with its beautiful rolling countryside, mountain views and secluded golden beaches. It’s not defined by any single feature or resort but by its traditional and peaceful natural personality, complete with that casual, laid-back Greek charm. Its mountainous hills are a hiker’s dream with many travellers opting to walk to the ancient Archangelous Monastery and admire the picturesque views of the Aegean seafront. If hiking doesn’t tempt you then take a ride from one of the island’s many equestrian centres, and discover the wonders of Thassos by horse.
Thassos Town’s history
Ancient history tells us that Thassos was a conquest for many empires, including the Romans and Egyptians, who all wanted a piece of that island beauty and the very profitable trade routes. The town still displays many mementos from the past including the Roman amphitheatre and Greek acropolis. After exploring the ancient sites in the capital, don’t forget to check out the tavernas along the waterfront and feast on authentic Greek Mezze.
Limenaria mining town
On the south-western tip of the island you can find the small town of Limenaria, stuffed full of traditional Greek charm and with plenty of tempting seafood restaurants. Limenaria’s past is far more than just a fishing port, as the area used to be an old miner’s town and still has many tunnels and shafts leading underground. Overlooking the settlement is the turreted Palataki building, an emblem to the town’s diverse cultural history.
Map of Thassos, Greece
When you look at a map of Thassos, you’ll quickly see it’s almost completely circular. This surprisingly mountainous island has plenty of history to explore, with many Ancient Greek sites and villages with stunning scenery.
Thassos has plenty of hiking trails and traditional Greek villages that still give a great insight into local life. On the map of Thassos you can see the mountainous centre of the island with the villages of Mairies, Potamia and Theologos and its craggy coastline with the ports of Limenas and Skala Prinou.
On your Mediterranean holiday to Thassos, you’ll be in the ideal place to explore inland, relax on beautiful beaches and swim in the warm, clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
Paces to stay
On the east-coast, you’ll find golden stretches of fine sand beaches in Pachis. It offers shallow blue-green waters for kids to enjoy in the day, while parents can make the most of the local beach bars and fish restaurants at night. For those looking for an escape from the bustle of the livelier resorts of Thassos, the smaller village of Gilkadi is perfect thanks to its long beach which boasts a backdrop of a lush green forest.