Thassos

Emerland Island

Thassos at a glance

Thasos is one of the most beautiful islands in the northern Aegean SeaΙt is located in Northern Greece, on the coast of Eastern Macedonia. The length of its coasts reaches 115 km. A distance of 18 nautical miles separates it from Kavala and just 6 miles from Keramoti and the Kavala Airport. The island is wooded and the wood is one of the main income of Thasos, like the marble mining, tourism, oil, olives, honey etc. It has about 14,000 residents.

The island has a long history and tradition. Excavations on the island revealed that Thassos was first inhabited by the residents of Thrace who arrived during the Neolithic period.

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How to get to Thassos Island

Thassos does not have its own airport but it is covered by two international airports near the ports of Keramoti and Kavala.

Both airports are connected to the ferry ports of Keramoti and Kavala by an excellent highway network.

Kavala International Airport “Alexander the Great” (KVA) airport in Chrysoupoli is 30km east of Kavala. There are also flights from all the major European cities, several times a week. The airport is 18 km from Keramoti, which has ferryboats that will take you to the island’s capital in 30 minutes. Thessaloniki International airport “Macedonia” (SKG) is larger airport which requires 2 hours drive to reach the ferry port in Keramoti. You will find many more flight options available for this large international airport.  After you decide at which airport to arrive you’ll need to consider how to get to ferry port. There are three options for you to choose whether to rent a car, hire a taxi or take a bus. We suggest you rent a car. Car rental prices in Greece are affordable for medium budget travelers. There are many rental companies both at airports, ferry ports or Thassos island itself. We recommend booking a car to ensure a smooth journey.

Thassos island is located near the town of Kavala from where you can take the ferry that travels 1.5 hours to the port of Limenas on Thassos island. The shorter route is by ferry from the smaller but busy port of Keramoti near the city of Kavala where ferries run every 10-15 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes from the port of Keramoti to Limenas on Thassos. Ticket from Keramoti to Limenas cost 3.5 euros per person. Car ticket can vary from 16 to 20 euros.  

The trip is very pleasant, while the ship sails throughout the companion of a seagull flying in the very close distance.

Popular Destinations

Limenas - Thassos Town

Limenas or Thassos is a small port town that has everything, banks, supermarkets, shops, bars, clubs, tourist agencies, cheap and expensive restaurants, apartment and hotels. The island’s capital Thassos (Port) a very picturesque town with friendly and hospitable people where today harmoniously coexists with yesterday. If you are on Thassos in summer you will have the chance to watch interesting performances played in the theater. The ancient theater was built in a natural cavity in 3rd-century b.c. It has a great panoramic view with a capacity of more than 2000 spectators.

Other Destinations

Potos is a seaside village in the southern part of the island and it is the most touristic place in the whole island. It has many shops, restaurants, bars, taverns, tourist shops, simply everything. Potos is ideal for those who love beautiful beaches because in its surroundings are plenty of beautiful beaches on the island: Psiliamos beach (4 km from Potos), Roso Gremos (2 km), Notos (2 km) Pefkari (1 km), San Antonio (1 km).

Limenaria

 The village next to the Potos village. Limenaria is the second largest village on this island with 3,000 inhabitants. Limenaria is a quiet place to rest which has two beaches. The town beach is smaller, while the large beach is 2 km long and is located in the western part of the village.  There are plenty of beach bars, taverns, and restaurants along the beach.

Looks pretty but it could be humid with lots of mosquitos during the summer period.

Prinos

It is another port connected with Kavala. A quiet place without much traffic (outside the harbor). It has a nice beach in the small pine grove which is good for camping. A fairly positive note is quite cheap rooms and a nice municipal camping.  

Skala Potamia

Skala Potamia is a  beautiful village on the eastern coast of Thassos, about 11 km from the port of Limenas. The beach is ideal for family holidays with small children. There are a large number of taverns, cafes, shops, seafood restaurants. Along the coast is a large promenade.

Traditional Greek village

Panagia is a traditional Greek village on this island, located 300 m above sea level, near the Golden Beach, which is about 4 km away. It is characterized by fresh mountain air, peace, and quiet. In just a few minutes you are on the coast so even this mountain village with a beautiful coastal view can be your base for a perfect summer holiday.

In Panagia, there are cafes, traditional taverns, shops with local products, pastry shop, post office, pharmacy … The main attraction in the village is the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the square of “Three springs”. Throughout the Panagia, water flows from the heart to the highest peak of the mountain Ipsarion(1204m).

Theologos is one of the oldest and most beautiful villages on the island. It is well known for its restaurants, serving grilled meat. Traditional houses and mansions with stone roofs, paths, and flower gardens give a graphical view of the village.

Sights

Monastery of Archangel

Located in the southeastern part of the island and literally hanging from the rocks. It has the most beautiful view on Holy Mountain Athos and the Aegean Sea.

Camping Gold Coast

Too many people, beautiful beach.

Camping Pefkari

It has a bar and a very nice beach with pebbles.

Thassos beaches

Almost all the beaches are shallow and ideal for children and families with small babies.

Aliki Beach is located in the village of Aliki on the eastern coast of the island. It is located 20 km east of Potos.One of the reasons why Aliki is one of the best beaches in Greece is the emerald waters such as those in the crystal clear pools and shallow waters, making it ideal for families. Visitors are also attracted by its white sand and tourist facilities.

Also here are the ruins of ancient residences of Queen Alis. This is a place where the natives of Thassos used to make salt and traded with many merchants from Greece and around the world.

The basic problem is that the beach is small and in the peak season it could be overcrowded and hard to find a place for your towel. You should avoid the weekends when Greeks traditionally come here from the mainland by boat. 

Saliara beach (Marble beach) is located 4 km from Makriamos beach on the east coast. You need to turn right at the ramp at the entrance to Makriamos resort, set a dusty macadam road for 4 km until you get to the beach. Until recently this beach (many call it the Dukina beach) was wild and unknown. Use of beach umbrellas and chairs are traditionally charged with consumption of exotic drinks from the bar. This is really a unique beach that cannot be described in words. The coast is covered with small white marble stones, reminiscent of snow. Therefore, it is the unreal blue color of the sea, as if you are on a Caribbean beach exotic. The only problem of this beach is its size (70 m long) and the increasing commercialization that has contributed to it is growing crowd.

 Makriamos beach is located on the east coast 2 km from the town of Limenas. This is the only beach on this island of whose entry you have to pay. The price of entry is 3 euros. Makriamos is a complex of bungalows, a theme park with animals, swimming pools and tennis and basketball courts.This beach is well organized with sun loungers and parasols. It is a sandy beach and is ideal for young children. Your children here can see deer and peacocks strolling with tourists. Beach owns a blue flag. This unique resort spread over several kilometers and is surrounded by trees and lush greenery. Paradise Beach is located 30 km from Potos and 24 km from the town of Limenas. Access to the beach is not ideal because it is a dirt road, so most of the tourists choose to park the car on the main road and continue on foot to the beach. There is parking next to the beach.Paradise beach is one of the most popular beaches in Thassos. The Paradise Beach has waves that are not dangerous because it is very shallow water. The left part of the beach is reserved for nudists. 

Golden Beach is one of the most beautiful bay on this island and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches. This beach is about 1 km long and is about 10 km from the capital Limenas. Golden Beach has clean white sand and the color of the sea is turquoise blue. Entry into the water is gradual, with plenty of shallow water, so it is suitable for family holidays with small children. On the beach are organized many water sports, and there are cafes and bars that rent chairs and umbrellas.

Giola is perhaps the biggest attraction on the island. This is a natural pool surrounded by walls and has a circular shape, so that really looks like a huge pool of water. The water is crystal green. It is located near the village of Astris, about 10 km from the of Potos village in the south of the island. This unique pool is a great experience and provides a pleasant swim and joy in the wild nature.

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