Thassos, the island of the Sirens
Thasos is a Nothern Aegean island, where the summer breeze of Nothern Greece is cool and salty. The beaches of Thassos are among the most beautiful in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace and they stand out among those of Greece. If you are thinking of visiting Thassos, then you definitely need to know the eight beaches where you can live unforgettable moments and fill your mind with wonderful memories.
A summer tour of the southeast side of the island, on the rocky expanse of Aliki, is an excellent experience for every visitor. Consisting of two bays that in ancient times were considered to be shopping centers, Aliki displays its natural beauty similar to a painting. In Aliki, there is an amazing view of a combination of water, earth and sky. Visitors are enchanted by its beauty and wait to see the amazing sunset as the finale of a beautiful day.
The isolated bay surrounded by greenery gives the visitor a sense of being in an exotic location! Its name comes from the international environmental distinctions it has received. The color of the sea is soft green and some parts of the beach have rocks. The crystal shallow waters and fine soft sand will fascinate you, and if you are lucky enough to catch the huge waves, you can live an experience similar to Hawaii!
In the past, Paradise was the official nudist beach of Thassos, but in recent years nudists occupy only one part of it.
Saliara is a unique and special beach. It is also called Marble, because the water, due to the white sand and the small pieces of marble at the bottom of the sea, has a unique emerald color that resembles a tropical beach. The beach is in a small, isolated bay and in the past it was deserted, but in recent years it is busy and organized with sun loungers, umbrellas and a beach bar. Yachts and small boats approaching the coast, complete the magnificent scenery.
Vathi Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You will find it just a few kilometers away from Limenas, to the east of the island. It is a surprisingly beautiful place with green waters and trees that cast their shadow on the soft white sand.
What you should not miss when you come to Thassos!
Four kilometers away from Astrida there is Giola. It is a natural lagoon-like pool between the rocks. The water is warmer than the sea, as it slowly renews with each wave. There you won’t find sand but you can swim, dive or sunbathe from the naturally shaped steps on the rocks
About four kilometers from the “Castle” of Limenaria, there are the waterfalls of the Holy Apostles. Crystal clear water falls from 3.5 meters high and across the mountain, along wooded paths of pines, oak trees, fir trees and plane trees.
Archaeological Site of Aliki
Crossing the western bay where you can find many traditional taverns – ideal for lovers of fresh fish – along the beach with crystal clear waters, enhancing the harmony between man and nature, the visitor can spend moments of relaxation and tranquility. Right next to it is the peninsula, which in ancient times, in combination with the beaches, formed a natural harbor. During the Greek, Roman and Byzantine times, trade flourished in the region with the export of precious white Thassian marble, throughout the then-known world. An important archaeological monument of the area is the marble quarry of the 7th century BC., as well as the two early-Christian churches on the edge of the cape. The tourists can walk next to the old stone dams on the surface of the sea, reminiscing of an older time. The most important discovery was that of the Kurus of 1896, which is now located in the museum of Constantinople.
It was the capital of the island during the period of the Turkish and Egyptian occupation, and was also the administrative and commercial center of the island. The paved streets, the houses with the particular Macedonian architecture and the stone ceilings, are the main features of the village.
A visit to the waterfalls of the “kefalogourna”, the old lime kilns, the oil mills and watermills of the area, will remind you of another era, where man in harmony with nature took care of his most basic needs. Of historical significance is the building of chieftain Xatzigiorgi, now used as a folklore museum. You will feel reverence as you enter the churches of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Dimitrios with the elaborate carved wooden temple. In the small cafes you can eat the traditional spoon sweet such as walnut or fig etc., while in the taverns you will enjoy the local cuisine with its specialty, goat meat.
In August you can have fun with the representation of a Thassian marriage, while during the summer various cultural events take place. The dense vegetation, the abundant waters and the stone arched bridge of Epirotic architecture outside the village, are ideal for walking and hiking. A special destination which reminds you of old times, with peace and quiet similar to a genuine mountain village.
It became widely known by its mines, which were the reason for the construction of the whole village. The “palace”, located on a rocky cape, a sample of central European architecture and designed by the Italian architect Arigoni, is perhaps the most important industrial monument in the Mediterranean. At the top of the hill are the mines warehouses, where during the summer you can watch a variety of musical and theatrical events.