Thassos lies around 12 kilometres from the northern mainland of Greece and is a popular
vacation destination for the residents from mainland Greece. It is however, not so popular that it
becomes overrun during the high season like some of the more famous Greek Islands like Corfu
The feeling of serenity and solitude is never far away and it is definitely a
place for those who want to relax and get away from the stress of everyday life.
The scenery of the Island may not be dramatic but it is a very beautiful island, though the
old nickname of ‘the Emerald isle’ is sadly now not exactly true as common forest fires have
taken away a lot of the greenery. But don’t let this put you off this wonderful destination,
as it has more than enough to keep visitors coming back with gorgeous sandy beaches and
fascinating Hellenistic ruins.
The capital of the Island is Thassos Town which is on the northeast coast and is the main
port for the Island. It was built on top of the ruins of the ancient City of Thassos, which
at the height of its glory commanded lucrative trade links with as far away empires as that
of Egypt and Persia. The ruins of this ancient City is scattered around the modern
settlement and it is easy to spend a few hours strolling around gazing at these glimpses
into a glorious past. If you would like to see more into the islands past history the
Archaeological Museum has many exhibits and is well worth a few hours even if it is just to
get away from the sun!
Most visitors to the Island leave Thassos Town fairly quickly to make their way to the coast
and the transport network links the Town with pretty much every Village on the Island. The
East coast of the Island has some lovely beaches and some attractive and traditional Aegean
villages. Panagia and Potamia are favourites of visitors to Thassos and their hillside
setting offer wonderful views over the Island and the coast.
The not so originally named Golden Beach is a long and sandy stretch and is easily the best
on the Island. The road down from the two hillside Villages is pleasant and not too much of
a strain, although there is a regular bus that does the route.
Paradise Beach is further south and while it is not as picturesque as Golden Beach it is a
lot quieter and is a great place to relax and get away from the limited bustle of Thassos
Town. The views from this little Islet and across from the easily accessible cliffs are
magnificent and there is also a small archaeological site nearby too.