A country with a long history, ancient monuments, friendly people, and also the Orthodox religion, was generously rewarded by nature – a hot southern sun, a favorable climate and four seas. In the northern part of the Aegean Sea, 30 km from the East Macedonian resort of Kavala, there is the island of Thassos – a few years ago, practically unknown to our compatriots, it has already won recognition and love.
And Thassos really deserves attention. Aft of excellent white sand beaches and clear waters, it has what few Greek islands can boast of due to its arid climate – lush vegetation. Olive, pine and fir groves, cedars, plane trees grow throughout its territory. Another wealth of the island is marble (because of which the Greeks also call the island “marble”), it has been mined there since ancient times, and now it is also being industrially mined. Previously, gold was also mined, but now its reserves are exhausted.
The capital is the city of Limenas, has a second name Thassos – of the same name with the island. This is a small, cozy town with a wide sandy beach, inexpensive fish taverns, souvenir shops, where leisurely locals warmly, but with dignity, welcome tourists, thanks to the attention and interest shown to their small island.
The most convenient way to get there is through Thessaloniki, from where you need to drive along the sea for about 170 km along the highway to the port of Keramoti. Next – landing on the Keramoti-Thassos ferry, which takes about an hour. There is also a second option to get to the island – from Kavala: there are ferries several times a day to the port on Thassos, Skala Prinu.
Accommodation on the island is not a problem – you will not find luxurious boutique hotels and tourist complexes with several thousand rooms there, but there are many small hotels. You can choose for every taste and wallet – especially for foreign tourists there are several hotels operating on the all inclusive system, but the most common are small family hotels, where tourists are served by the owners themselves, as well as apartments (many vacationers in Thassos are the Greeks themselves from Thessaloniki and Kavala , as well as residents of Eastern Europe, who sometimes come here for several weeks). Local prices for accommodation, food and souvenirs will also be a pleasant surprise – they are about 30% lower than on the mainland.
But, despite the beauty of local beaches, people come here not only for a beach holiday. Thassos has a lot to see. Thanks to its ancient history, historical and archaeological monuments have long been discovered there. It is worth visiting the archaeological museum in the capital of the island of the same name; there is also the territory of the ancient market (Agora) and the ancient theater. Another unique place is located near the resort village of Aliki – this is the archaeological site, the territory of the ancient settlement of Alikos, where a partially survived ancient temple, the sanctuary of the Dioscuri, as well as a sunken quarry were discovered; archaeologists suggest that this site was a construction site that has functioned since the 7th century BC. Not far from Aliki there is a functioning nunnery of Michael the Archangel – a place of amazing beauty and tranquility. A part of the nail with which Jesus Christ was crucified is kept in the monastery. Another famous monastery is St. Panteleimon, it was built in the 19th century next to the cave where St. Panteleimon himself lived at one time. The cave has survived to this day, and there is also a spring in it, the waters of which are considered healing. On July 27, the day of the memory of St. Panteleimon, thousands of pilgrims gather here to honor his memory and drink water from the holy spring.
In addition to historical monuments, it is worth visiting the picturesque local villages located on the slopes of the mountains. Wander through the cobbled streets, drink water from mountain springs directly from huge ancient plane trees, in the trunks of which there are specially installed taps. Visit an old factory for the production of olive oil, the owners of which have been producing it for the fourth generation, watch the process of making oil according to old and modern technology. Buy sun-dried olives – the best in Greece, fragrant fir and orange honey … And make a wish to come back here someday.