A few nautical miles off the coast of eastern Macedonia you will find beautiful Thassos, the northernmost island of the Aegean, with dense forests, picturesque villages and lovely beaches, a unique combination of mountainous landscape with the Greek sea.
The long history of the place is of particular interest as it was inhabited since at least the 6th millennium BC. The island took its name by Thassos, son of King Agenor Phoenician. According to mythology, Thasos arrived here while wandering to find his sister Europa, who had been kidnapped by Jupiter. Captivated by the beauty of the place and since he could not find his sister, he stayed on the island with the men who accompanied him. The island is full of archaeological sites. The Archaeological Museum of the island is one of the most valuable of its kind in Greece.
Today, Thassos impresses its visitors with its natural beauties: Lush fir, oak, pine and maple trees, streams and small waterfalls, picturesque bays with crystal clear waters, olive groves and valleys with steep slopes. A seductive environment worth exploring. The island has beaches to satisfy all tastes. Small or big, peaceful and secluded or cosmopolitan and organized. They all have clear turquoise water, sand and shade from the trees.
On the coast of the island there are several developed resorts with modern infrastructure which attract many Greeks and foreign tourists during the summer months. The mountain villages, although they have tourist infrastructure, maintain the traditional characteristics of the place. They are built in the woods with traditional architecture, overlooking the vastness of the sea from a distance. A walk through the narrow streets of Panagia or relaxing under the shade of the trees in the square in Megalo Kazaviti are the most rejuvenating options for hot summer days. If you are more adventurous, look for the waterfalls hidden in the forests of the island and explore the countless chapels of the region.
How to get there
The connection of the island with mainland Greece is either via Kavala, which is connected to the port of Prinos, or from Keramoti which is connected to the port. From Kavala the trip by ferry lasts 75 minutes, while from Keramoti it takes 35 minutes. The itineraries, particularly in the summer months, are regular.
The road network is quite good with beautiful views to the sea, often driving in the shade of dense trees.