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Thassos Island Highlights
Thassos Island, Greece is a great travel destination for people who want to combine sunbathing in crystal clear emerald water, relaxing on beautiful sandy beaches, exploring ancient culture and trying exquisite Greek food.
Thassos is often called “The Emerald Island” nowadays but thousands years ago it was known as “Athens of the North”.
Thassos is a Greek island in the North Aegean Sea. It is close to the mainland – just 44 km (6 nautical miles) from the town of Kavala. There are two airports in the area – Thessaloniki International Airport and Kavala International Airport. There is a highway connection to the ferry ports. Tourists can use a ferry transfer to the Thassos Island. They can opt for the route Keramoti – Limenas or Kavala – Skala Prinos. It will take about 40-45 minutes to reach the island if you use the first option, and an hour and twenty minutes if you choose the second one.
What to Do in Thassos Island, Greece
Exploring the Ancient Past
Feel the essence of Greek history and culture by exploring archeological sites and ruins such as ancient marketplace, theater and acropolis in the capital of the island – Limenas, South of the main city is located Alyki where there are ruins of ancient temples.
Thassos island has been a supplier of building materials not only in the antiquity but even nowadays. Tourists can explore spectacular marble quarries at Aliki.
The most interesting religious place is the Monastery of the Archangel Michael. It is located south of Alyki and offers magnificent view on the Aegean Sea. The Monastery of Saint Panteleimon is situated near Prinos resort. There is a cave in the area. Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary near Scala Marion also attracts tourists.
Visiting Olive Mills
Producing olive oil is a part of the lifestyle of local people. They collect olives from their own trees for a personal consumption and to export.
If you visit Thassos island in October , you can see how freshly harvested olives are taken to small olive mills for pressing. In Panagia you can spot a water-driven olive press. In Skala Prinos there is a Museum where you can explore grinding method used over thousands of years.
Try Traditional Greek Dishes
Local taverns are amongst the main highlights of Thassos Island, Greece. Apart from fish and sea food, you can try one of the typical dishes “Bouyourdi”. Local people place slices of feta cheese, variety of soft cheeses, fresh tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, and pepper in a clay pot.They bake the dish until all the ingredients melt together.
Local people drink a spirit called “Tsipouro” which is produced from pomace and is similar to Pernod.