Sprinkled around the Aegean Sea are a group of sublime islands, one of which is called Thassos. Spending your 2019 or 2019 holiday in Thassos will grant you the pleasure of relaxing along the flawless coastline or exploring the mainland. Considered to be one of the greenest of all the islands, this northernmost holiday destination is blessed with seasonal weather.
In fact, if you book your holiday to Thassos in April, there is a chance it could even snow! If you plan on sunbathing and spending days on the beach, enjoy an island experience sometime between May and August, when the temperature usually climbs to 30 degrees Celsius or higher.
Kavala is the closest mainland area and it is also the location of Alexander the Great Airport, where you will land before making the journey to Thassos by ferry. Since visitors have the opportunity to go island-hopping or discover inland villages, it is not surprising that this coastal retreat is known as the ‘Jewel of the Aegean sea’.
A paradise for historians, Thassos' landscape is scattered with the remains of Ancient Agora. This amazing complex contains sanctuaries, temples, a theatre, an odeum, and the famous Acropolis. It is a must-visit for anyone on holiday in Thassos, as is the Old Port and Theologos Folklore Museum. Four villages sit within close proximity to the town itself, so you can easily capture a change of scenery if you desire.
The Monastery of Archangel Michael and Church of Agia Paraskevi are two places of religious importance, whereas the Dragon Cave (Drkotrypa) is a fine example of natural stalactite and stalagmite formation. Don't forget to step inside the Cave of Pan, which is a man-made cave formerly used as a place to worship Pan - the God of the Wild.
Stuffed grape leaves, spit-roasted meat, herb-infused meatballs - the range of traditional dishes on offer in Thassos are a reflection of Greek culture. The food of Greece consists of pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, grains and of course, olives. Platefuls of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, nuts, and yoghurt are served at Mesogeios Restaurant, Nisi Island Restaurant, and Thassian & Doukas, to name a few local eateries.
Pub grub is on offer at Spiros Cafe and the Twins Restaurant, or you can tuck into a fresh seafood platter at the Open Sea Cafe. You will also find snack bars and cafes dotted along the beaches, many of which pour wines produced at the island’s private wineries.
Are you planning a family holiday to Thassos during the summer months? If so, witness local traditions in the form of art, dancing, poetry, and music at the annual Folk and Cultural Festival. The Carnival period is equally as lively, bringing old pagan customs back to life with parades and special events.
Join the relatives on an agritourism trip that involves olive picking with the locals and an olive oil production tour at the Olive Oil Museum. Island-hopping adventures are suitable for families, as are the fishing trips. Catch lobsters, sardines, and mackerel for your dinner with the family, but not before hopping on the Fun Train to two coastal villages - Skala Potamia and Skala Panagia.
Action & Adventure
The types of water sports you’ll have the choice to indulge in when on holiday in Thassos entirely depends on how much energy you have! Sailing tours, speed boat trips, jet ski rental, and parasailing experiences are organised at Potos, Pefkari, Psili Ammos, Pachis, and Golden beach, to name a few.
When you are not kayaking, surfing, or trying not to get flung into the water from a banana boat, why not plunge beneath the ocean's surface in the company of a diving instructor? Cycling and mountain biking routes carve around the Greek island, where you can uncover natural splendour on a Thassian Jeep Safari.
With so much coastline to explore, it would be a challenge to discover every single beach during your holiday in Thassos. However, you can pack a bag and spend a day at some of the area's most pristine bays, like Paradise beach, Golden beach, Marble beach, and Makryammos beach.
Positioned 7 kilometres east of Potos are the beaches of Psili Ammos and Atspas. Alyki beach is located a little further away, but the contrast of sand, pebble and rock will make the journey worthwhile. Tripity and Notos are two other beaches you ought to check out before leaving Thassos.
The main tourist areas, such as Skala Prinou, Limenaria, Potos, and Limenas tend to offer the best nightlife, with clubs serving cocktails and playing music until the early hours. If your idea of a good night out involves watching traditional live Greek entertainment, join crowds at the beach on summer evenings or visit one of the waterfront taverns on the south coast. Tap your feet to the sound of Rebetiko music at Taverna Orizontes or knock back some rum-based beverages at the Full Moon Bar.
Couples can have just as much fun in the ‘Emerald of the Aegean’ as families. Stand where gladiators once fought at a 3,000-seat Roman amphitheatre, peruse pottery and jewellery inside the Archaeological Museum, or share a romantic kiss inside the Drakotrypa cave.
Serene sailing trips to unspoilt villages will open your eyes to the traditional Greek lifestyle, where you can devour a delicious vegetable and feta stew at a village taverna. Sip on local wines like Tsipouro in a candlelit environment, or learn about honey production by visiting the beekeepers at Thassos' Honey Factory.
The people of Thassos like to be called 'Thassians' and they have clung onto their culture very well, not to mention their social values and etiquette. Poetry and literature a huge part of Thassos' artistic and cultural heritage, as are religious feasts. Islanders enjoy letting their hair down and you will likely have the chance to join them if you book your holiday to Thassos when an event or festival takes place.
Every year, the eagerly anticipated Carnival kicks off, featuring a parade, dancing, live music, and plenty of wine. Look up to the skies on Shrove Monday and you’ll see kites hovering above the pretty peninsula, where the atmosphere becomes electric during Easter. Don’t forget to show the locals a bit of respect by brushing up on your Greek words and phrases, like "yassou" (hello), "Ti kanis?" (How are you?), and "efharisto" (thank you).