Thassos Island Greece - Holiday Guides, Beaches, Walks and Photos.
About enjoying a holiday on Thassos in Greece including touring the island plus several beautiful sandy Thassos Beaches to try out.
The Greek Island of Thassos is located in the North Aegean and has no airport so if you are going on holiday to Thassos by air from Northern Europe your flight usually lands at Kavala on the mainland and you are then transferred via
a fairly short coach and ferry trip to your accommodation on the Island. The almost circular island has a good quality road running round it for a distance of about 95 km from start to finish, however there are no direct road routes across the island. There is a regular-ish bus service which can get you to mostly anywhere on the coast at reasonable cost. We found plenty of decent walks and lots to
do and photograph whilst on holiday on Thassos.
Thassos Town has two harbours, a good selection of tavernas and also an amazing amount of ancient sites most of which are free to enter.
The tavernas are typically Greek - really great to relax in and spend hours during the evening trying to run them out of house red wine...
Thassos also boasts two particularly marvellous beaches which should be visited if possible whilst on holiday, namely Golden Beach
and best of all by far -
( which serves as Thassos's naturist beach). There are plenty of other beaches on the island - Aliki beach looked pretty good to spend a while lazing around on (but this is a popular beach with holidaymakers and always seemed to be very crowded) - the area does have some ancient sites and saltpans to wander around.
Other equally nice Thassos beaches can be found at Skala Prinos - and then more beaches as you head on southwards. Please see a little further down this page for a photo beach guide for Thassos's Beaches. From a hiking/walking point of view whilst on holiday on Thassos there are really good walks around Thassos Town, Panagia, Potamia, Megalos Prinos and Maries.
Thassos Town (Limenas). Limenas is unbelievably quiet compared with most Island capitals, rush hour appears to be three scooters, a farmer's pickup and two hire cars - on a busy day.
You can easily spend a morning or afternoon wandering around the harbours, side streets and the archaeological sites - especially the Ancient Agora (located just behind the old harbour); when we on holiday on Thassos there was no entry fee, you could just wander around as you pleased - it occupies quite a large area inside it's walls.
An interesting Thassos Town walk - is to visit the Ancient Theatre which is located above Thassos Town - the path to it is clearly marked from the old harbour. In fact there quite a few sites associated with the Theatre and you
can make a complete circuit to pick up most of them - it takes around 2 hours or so and you get some good views up there. (actually a lot of people meander up to the Theatre during the evening - perhaps to try and walk off yet another nice taverna meal -- not to mention the jugs of house red.).
Another pleasant walk takes you from
Limenas to Thassos Golden Beach and takes around 4 hours or so but do need to remember to take some bottled water with you. Also the tracks are often deep in fine dust in places so walking boots or high backed pumps are best to walk in. Start off from the old harbour and head along the marked road and then path which takes you up to and through the Ancient Theatre and then turn right
onto a track heading away from Limenas. Follow this as it climbs and winds through the hills until eventually the resort of Makryammos beach comes into view - (divert up over the rocks to get a good view of the beach etc way below). To continue your walk backtrack to just before the rocks and then turn left and follow the track down to the road. Turn left and then pick up the dirt road on the right after a few yards (entry to Makryammos "pay" beach is straight ahead).
Continue on the dirt road passing two marble quarrys and also several very messed up little beaches.
Thassos Island Greece Beach Guides and Photos. The Thassos Beaches shown are just a few photo of the beaches we visited and enjoyed whilst on our Thassos holidays. There are quite a few small coves to be found on various parts of the island especially on
the west coast where even during busy holiday periods you are quite likely to be fairly alone and can enjoy a nice naturist swim and sunbathe. This is because they take a tiny bit of effort to get too in some cases and seemingly lots of
people don't do "effort". Thassos Paradise Beach is we think definitely the best naturist beach to visit with minimal effort if you have a hire car or bike although cycling up the track back to the main road when leaving the beach will warm your knees a little.
The beautiful Paradise Beach on Thassos Island, Greece. This was in our view the best beach on the island. Although there is a taverna at one end near the car park (this is simply a sandy area - not tarmac), the beach gives quite a nice wild impression. You go down a steep bumpy winding track to the beach from the main road.
The beach is quite long and split into two parts in effect - the half nearest the car parking area and taverna has sunbeds and sunshades etc. and is used by non-naturists - of course being topless is normal for everyone though. Go past the large rocks half way down the beach and this then becomes the naturist/nudist part of the beach - lovely water and perfect for a few
hours sunbathing and swimming in the afternoon after a long walk in the hills (the long walk is not compulsory ...)
Golden Beach - a Family Beach on Thassos, Greece.
This is a very long and sandy beach - mainly used by families and we never saw anyone stripped off on this beach although many sun-worshippers only wore trunks/bottoms. There are plenty
of shops and tavernas as well as sun beds/umbrellas and all the usual facilities you would expect on such a popular family beach.
Aliki saltpans and beach on Thassos Greece.
Aliki saltpans are quite extensive and we saw a few people using the flat areas for sunbathing, including a few naturists hidden away as well. Aliki beach itself is quite picturesque - the
beach is very popular and therefore does get pretty busy. All the usual amenities i.e.. sunbeds, umbrellas, tavernas, drinks etc. are available on this tree lined sandy beach.
- hopefully this picture is useful to give an idea of this beach since we didn't get any nearer than the photo indicates - we were actually out walking the hills at the time and a considerable distance away.
seems well organised. We beleive this is a private set-up and you therefore have to pay to use it - not certain if this applies all times or what. We just cannot get on with "private"
beaches so we did not bother going any nearer.
is reached by going through some tourist accommodation - there is a taverna and sunbeds for hire. Cannot imagine anyone stripping off on this fairly small beach although it is of course fine
for women and men to go topless..
This is just a distant view of the numerous small coves and beaches which can be found on the west coast of Thassos. As can be seen these
Thassos beaches are not too well populated so presumably should be nice and peaceful and possibly ideal for naturists to use.
Touring around Thassos starting off from Thassos Town/Limenas.
Thassos is crammed with beaches so this route obviously picks up quite a few of them (including those mentioned above) however you can get an idea of exactly where these beaches are on the Island.
The first picture is of the small beach called Tarsanas. As you leave Thassos Town on its eastern end take a sharp right (and steep) turn just after the roundabout - park on the grass if necessary.
The impression is almost as if it was a private beach, since their is a large taverna, holiday flats and also the beach is full of the Taverna owners sunbeds.
Heading east the road winds through the countryside with various small rocky and sandy beaches to explore. Eventually you arrive at Skala Rachoni, a small fishing village which also has a huge beach which stretches as far as Skala
Prinos - it's just a question of pulling in at various places and having a look - there is loads of parking as you pass by the pine forests
bordering the sandy beaches.
Continuing on the main road you arrive at Prinos - an absolute nightmare on a Monday when
they hold a market - its unbelievable the angles they get the lorries and buses through - but do enjoy the various "discussions" going on between stuck drivers and the complete indifference of the local police.
You then - eventually - come to Skala Sotiros, another small fishing village which is fine for a wonder around and a cup of coffee and then onto Skala Kallirachis where there is yet another small fishing village - but these are always nice to look round.
After Skala Kallirachis the road continues to Skala Maries, passing a narrow stoney beach for quite a distance - we found this quite "tatty" and did not
linger too long on this part of the trip. Up til now the coast has been quite flat but now you start to climb and wind around coves and small beaches until arriving at Limenaria, a quite large town.
Beaches continue as you head towards Pefkari and Potos (don't be too thirsty in Potos since the prices for drinks seemed ridiculous to us compared with elsewhere on Thassos).
Eventually you reach the Monastery at Archangelou, which you can visit if you wish but you do need appropriate clothing to do this. You do get some good views of the coastline however, from the side of the car park which is free.
Next place to stop at is Paradise Beach - you need to look carefully for the turn off since the road is heavily wooded both sides and the turn is on a sharp bend.
sightseeing trip round Thassos is nearly completed however after passing through Skala Potamias (Golden Bay) you come to the hillside villages of Potamia and Panagia. These two Thassos
villages are really worth stopping off for a walk round and should not be missed - if you are out of time then really consider going back to them another time. Potamia is all about wandering round the small pretty streets and looking at the springs, churches and old buildings - there are plenty of photo opportunities and it's
also nice relaxing place to stop for a stroll after a day out on the beach. The road goes right through the square in Panagia and we found the best place to park was to go just through it and you will find the road divides - park by the railings.
For an interesting walk
(assuming you park at Panagaia as mentioned above), cross the main road and on the right a few yards along you will see a road on your left (which has yellow railings), follow this UP and you get a great view of the village.
Keep going past small houses and then you will come to a small square (Three Springs Square) which is really interesting to see with its springs and canals.
Continue from here past the church and circle back to the main square. This square has many tavernas and also a public fountain - which has
lovely cool water flowing constantly. If you stop off for a drink there you can sit and enjoy watching the locals driving up in their pickup-ups,
cars and even lorries to fill they bottles from the spring or just taking a quick drink. They make no effort to park neatly so the end result is often a nice traffic jam plus lot's of arm-waving and shouting.
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