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The best beaches in Thassos

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Golden Beach

The list of must beaches cannot miss the exotic Golden Sands, which has been awarded a blue flag. It is one of the best and longest beaches of Thassos, with golden sand and shallow, blue-green waters. The beach is surrounded by high mountains with dense vegetation and this makes it look tropical! Here you will also find options for water sports, as well as a diving center, as well as many options for food and drink.

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Giola lagoon

It is one of the most popular spots in Thassos and it is not exactly a beach! Instead, Giola is a natural pool, carved into the rocks. Also known as the “Tear of Venus”, it is definitely one of the most photographed locations of Thassos and once you have chosen Thassos as your summer destination, you cannot miss it. You will find it in the southern part of the island and for background it has rocks that reach a height of 8 meters.

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Saliara Beach

Saliara beach or also called Marble beach (marble beach, from the neighboring marble factory) is one of the most popular beaches of Thassos thanks to its exotic emerald waters and the mixture of fine white sand and pebbles. It is located in a small bay lined with pine trees and has a beach bar. Its area and natural beauty make it popular in the peak summer months, while to get there you will need to travel a bit of dirt road. Another place you should visit – near Saliara beach – (another 2.5km dirt road) is Vathi beach: it is just as beautiful and usually attracts less people, while it does not have organized infrastructure (of course it has a pine forest for natural shade).

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Aliki Beach

The seaside village of Alyki is located in the middle of a small peninsula in south-eastern Thassos, and its twin beaches are both known as Alykes. Both the south and north beaches have fine, golden sand and calm, turquoise waters. The southern beach is smaller but more organized, with taverns and beach bars, while the northern one is larger and more isolated (only part of it is organized). In a relatively short distance, you can also see some sights, such as the ruins of an archaeological settlement , churches and a marble quarry.

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Paradise beach

You may also hear it as Paradise beach, Paradise beach has fine golden sand, shallow, blue-green waters and lots of greenery. It is one of the beaches of Thassos with easy access and this makes it incredibly popular, especially for families. Here you can enjoy crystal clear blue-green waters either at an organized beach bar or freely.

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Tripiti Beach

It is one of the largest beaches of Thassos, an ideal choice to spend a whole day with sun and sea. Here you will find white sand, blue-green waters that deepen quickly (the perfect spot for swimming with a mask and snorkel) and several options for food and drink. Trypiti is located next to Limenaria, which makes it easily accessible if you’re in south-west Thassos, and it’s so big that it’s impossible to feel crowded – even in summer! You can choose the organized part of the beach or the more isolated one near the pine forest, while if you decide to explore the area a bit, you will come across a rock formation that was eroded by the waves and created a hole in the shape of a natural cave (from where he got the her name).

The best sights in Thassos

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Theologos Folklore Museum

The Theologu folklore museum is housed in a two-story public building (Hatziiorgis mansion) in the center of the village. Hatzigiorgis was mayor and announced the revolution against the Turks in 1821. The museum is thus structured in two exhibits. The first represents a typical traditional house of Thassos. Traditional clothing, household goods, loom and various household tools are on display. In the second area, objects related to the island’s industries are exhibited and you will see tools from various traditional professions.

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Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael of Thassos

The Archangel Michael Monastery is the largest and best known of Thassos. Built on the edge of a cliff, in the south of the island, it offers an excellent view of the Aegean. The date of the establishment of the Monastery is not known, but it is mentioned in a chrysobull of the Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos of 1287 as the monastery of the Philotheus Monastery. The Monastery must have been built on the site of the church around 1821. According to an inscription on the western entrance of the church, repairs were made in 1835. In 1974, the first nuns from the Monastery of Panagia Portaria of Volos settled in the deserted monastery. In it is kept a piece of the Holy Helos, i.e. one of the nails with which Christ was crucified. The Monastery of the Archangel Michael celebrates on November 8 and Diakainisimo Tuesday.

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For a drink... At Potos or Limenaria?

Limenaria is located in southern Thassos and is the second largest town on the island after Limenas. In addition to the small port which is full of traditional taverns, numerous options for accommodation and cafes give the visitor many options. In this specific settlement you will also find Palataki, which dominates a ledge above the sea. A stone’s throw from Limenaria, you will find the beating heart of the island’s nightlife, Potos. It is a seaside village, full of hotels, restaurants, cafes and beach bars, which attract people from all over the island!

Archaeological Sites in Thassos

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Archaeological sites

Archaelogical Site of Alyki

The archaeological site of Aliki in Thassos includes the entire peninsula at the south-eastern end of the island, near the homonymous settlement and next to the beautiful beach. In ancient times, the area was the most important quarry, as the soil is extremely rich in marble. We have evidence of habitation in the archaeological site of Aliki from the 7th century BC, while it is also certain that the exploitation of the quarry continued, at least during the early Byzantine years.

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Archaeological sites

Thassos Ancient Theater

Built in a natural cavity of the hill in the archaeological site of the ancient city of Thassos, is the ancient theater of Thassos. The ancient theater is located next to the Hebrew Castle, the ancient wall and a path connects it to the Acropolis. At the foot of the acropolis, below the theater, was the sanctuary of Dionysus. Inside the triangular enclosure, two monuments were discovered, with only the foundations of one visible today, and two more ancient altars. The monuments housed statues, works of Athenian sculptors of the 4th c. e.g. At the beginning of the 3rd century BC century, the tent with a marble facade was built and the foreground was dedicated to Dionysus. In the 1st century AD the theater was used for duels, the orchestra was turned into an arena, and heavy doors closed the passages.

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Archaeological sites

Archaeological Museum of Thasos

It is located in the capital of the island, Thassos (Limena), near the ancient market and is one of the most important provincial museums of Greece. Collections of archaeological finds of unique richness and variety are stored and exhibited there from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD. Important finds from the Paleolithic to the Roman era give us a clear picture of one of the most important civilizations of the Aegean…
The museum exhibits important archaeological finds such as marble and clay architectural members, sculptures from Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian times, works of micro-artwork (pots, figurines, lamps, jewellery, coins) and inscriptions.

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Archaeological sites

Ancient Odeon

The Ancient Conservatory of Thassos is located to the south of the Ancient Agora and dates back to the 2nd century AD in the era of Hadrian. It has characteristics of an ancient theater with an orchestra in the shape of a two-thirds circle, a pillar on which the steps are supported, internal vaulted corridors, seats for the spectators which are separated from the orchestra. Today, the first 3 rows of spectators are preserved.