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Easily one of Greece’s quietest islands is Thassos. Located just 10km from Kavala, which is on the Greek mainland, the climate here is always wonderful and so is the scenery. A fine Greek island, Thasos is sometimes overlooked by travellers but disregard it at your peril! Affordable and full of sandy beaches, Thasos is a ferry ride away from ferry hub Kavala.
You may wish to stay a couple of days in Kavala before continuing your trip to Thasos as it is a fascinating destination, full of ancient ruins and good food. Thasos is simply beautiful and is very much an extension of northern Greece; interesting and full of culture with some great beaches to boot.
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Thassos is truly beautiful and a great way to discover some of the island’s beaches is to hire a boat for the day.
You can do this easily and you’ll end up seeing large parts of the island’s natural beauty that you won’t find in the guide books. You might also come across some unknown ancient ruins!
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Top 5 things to do in Thassos
Thasos’ ancient agora is just next to the island’s archaeological museum. These ruins were once the commercial centre in ancient Roman and Greek times, where markets would have stood with farmers and other vendors selling their wares. You can see the remains here of what were once shops, houses and other public buildings. There are also the remains of the ancient theatre nearby which is worth the look.
Alyki is a village in Thasos and it is easily the best place to laze around and relax. The beach here is fantastic; fine sands and shady coves make it every beach lover’s paradise. The best part is the little olive grove that separates the two coves as you can find some small ancient ruins in it which make for some cultural surprises. These ruins lead up to the archaeological site in Alyki which is where remains of ancient temples can be found.
Thasos’ archaeological museum will be every culture vulture’s delight. The museum itself is lovely from the outside, surrounded by trees and various flowers. Inside you can find Neolithic items as well as a large tomb exhibition and some stunning Ancient Greek art. For the history bods out there, the museum also houses a rare six century kouros.
Old Quarter of Panayia
Kavala’s Panagia quarter is a must see if you’re going to explore some of Kavala. This district is exceptionally pretty and is full of old cobbled stone roads and lined with pastel coloured houses. There are also some of the town’s finest restaurants here and is the perfect place to come to in the evening where the atmosphere is lively and warm.
There one thing Greek islands do well at – beaches! Panagia and Potamia beaches lie just a few kilometres away from the east’s coast popular beach hangouts. So these make good alternatives. There is a short bus ride between the two beaches, Hrysi Ammoudia and Skala Potamia, and plenty of beach amenities around so you can refresh easily and take a break from the sun.
10 facts about Thassos
Thasos isn’t just the name of the island, but is also the name of the largest town of the island.
During antiquity, Thasos was known for its gold mines, wine, nuts and marble. Thasian wine was quite famous – and you can taste plenty of it now!
Thasos was colonised by the Phoenicians who were probably lured by the island’s plentiful gold mines.
Thasos’ main exports and produce are honey, almonds, olives, wine, goats and sheep.
There are marble quarries located in the south of the island which are now abandoned but worth the look – they were last mined in during ancient times.
Thasos gave birth to a few notable people including Archilochus, who was a warrior and poet in the 7th century BC, and Theagenes, who was an Olympic boxer in 5th century BC.
During World War II, the Nazis gave Kavala to the Bulgarians, who were their allies. However, the island was later liberated in 1944.
It is thought that the name Kavala comes from the Hebrew word Kabbalah. This is because of the large Jewish population that lived here.
Kavala also gave birth to some famous sports people: Anna Verouli who was an 1982 gold medallist javelin thrower and Anna Gerasimou, who is a tennis player.
Chess is really popular in Kavala and the local chess club ranks top in Greece!