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With stretches of fine golden-sands and a rich history, a holiday to Thassos is perfect for those looking to explore authentic Greece. Known as the ‘Emerald Isle’ of the Greek Islands, expect a landscape of lush, green forests and olive groves. Or take in the views of the crystal-blue Aegean Sea from the ruins of the Roman acropolis, before heading to the traditional tavernas overlooking Golden Beach for a glass of ouzo.
Best time to visit is August with sea temperatures of 25(°C) and up to 13 hours of beautiful sunshine.
Kavala International Airport (KVA), situated on the mainland north of Thassos. Plus a 40 minute ferry transfer, included in the package price.
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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.
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.
With sights dating back to 500 BC, you’ll find plenty of historical attractions in Thassos to explore. Known as “The Athens of the North”, start your journey back in time at the capital, Limenas. Dig deep into the island’s rich past at the archaeological museum, before making your way through the town’s narrow streets to the remnants of Dyonissos amphitheatre. There you’ll also find the remains of the acropolis, while taking in views of the town. Head south east to the cliff top Archangelous Monastery to look out to the picturesque Aegean sea and then down to the ruins of Aliki, to marvel at the precious marble rocks from the former Byzantine quarry.
With mountains of pine forest trees and olive groves, it’s no wonder that Thassos is nicknamed the ‘Emerald Isle’. Here you’ll find an abundance of wildlife like the rare white-tailed eagle, to partridges and doves, making bird-watching one of the popular attractions in Thassos . After climbing the island’s tallest peak, Mount Ipsarion, enjoy a day or two in the mountainside village of Panagia with its natural springs. Then, just outside of Maries, follow the clear water steam by foot or bike to discover several small waterfalls on the forest trail before reaching Thassos’ only lake.
Dotted all around the coast, you’ll never be too far from a beach in Thassos. Head to the famous Golden Beach, home to the island’s longest stretch of sand. The shallow waters make the perfect conditions for children to paddle and play, while the views of the bay can be enjoyed from the many beachfront tavernas. South of Pachis, you’ll discover the quieter Skala Rachoni, offering every water sport attraction in Thassos, from banana boats to kayaking. But for those looking for a tranquil place to take in the rays, escape to the hidden Saliara bay with calm waters and marble-white sand.
History buffs: Take a walk back in time at the island’s many historical attractions from striking 12th century churches to the ruins of the old town.
Nature enthusiasts: Hike through the green forest mountains and spot wildlife of all kinds on your climb.
Beach lovers: You’ll be spoilt for choice with the countless sandy bays around the island including breath-taking hidden coves.
Language: The language spoken in Thassos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Thassos is Euro (€)
Local time: Thassos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kavala International Airport (KVA), situated about 25km north of the island. Then take a 40 minute ferry transfer, which is included in the package price.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist information: Further Thassos tourist information can be found here
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Thassos
Temperature: Highs of 28(°C) and lows of 10(°C)
Best time to visit: August with sea temperatures of 25(°C) and up to 13 hours of beautiful sunshine.
Make the most of long sunny days with highs of 28(°C) during the summer months. The warm sea temperatures in Thassos make the perfect conditions for swimming and water sports.
By bus: With frequent services from the bus station, you can take a tour of the island from as little as two euros a ride.
By car: Cruise around the island by car. You’ll find plenty of hire companies in your resort.
By taxi: Taxis are great for getting around, especially at night. Head to the taxi rank on the waterfront of Limenas or by the main bus stop in Potos.
By taxi boat: Hop on one of these to get to the isolated beaches on the island that can’t be reached by car.
Carnival: Watch the streets of Thassos come alive in the last weekend before Lent every year. Festivities will kick off in the quaint village of Potamia on a Friday evening in the run up to the grand finale on Sunday with a parade. Expect locals dressed in colourful costumes, serving plates of spicy Greek sausage well into the evening.
Summer Festival: Immerse yourself in Thassian culture in this summer-long celebration throughout the island. From music performances by local Folklore musicians to the traditional Thassian Wedding - you’ll find plenty of events to enjoy showcasing the best of the islands traditions.