Thassos Greece Walks Tours and Photos.
Some ideas for what to do while staying on Thassos - from visiting villages to walks to beaches and going out in the Thassos hills.
The interior of Thassos has excellent scenery which is best viewed by walking the Island's extensive series of tracks. Many of these tracks are suitable for 4-wheel exploration too and of
course fine for mountain bikes but not too good for standard cars as these tracks are often badly rutted and/or steep. There are in fact tracks all over the place which you can wander around whilst on holiday on Thassos - most of these are not marked as going to anywhere in particular and are certainly not shown on the limited maps available. However you soon get a feel for where you are
especially when you get higher up since there are obvious landmarks (like the huge radar site on top of one mountain) which are visible from most locations in the area.
The various town and small villages are well worth a day or so out sightseeing and exploring plus there are some very pretty churches on Thassos Island to be discovered too.
The walking distance to Monii Ag Panteleimon is just over five kilometres UP. When you get to the Moni it's likely to be closed, with just a couple of picnic tables by
the front door and no shade to speak of, let alone any tap/well or even running water for a cool-down/splash. You can continue on from here and make a complete circular walk (see our next walk).
This following Thassos walk
again started off by parking at Mikros Prinos
- note this walk is around 20 kilometres and has little shade, goes
mostly UP for the first 8 kilometres or so, and unsurprisingly there are no tavernas or much of anything else except gorgeous views of Thassos's valleys and mountains.
Follow the road from Mikros Prinos to Megalos Prinos - you pass an elevated taverna on your left and then a few hundred yards on a very
steep road on your right goes into the village however the track for the walk goes straight on. Essentially just keep on this track as it winds its
way up into the hills (do not take a track off to your right which just returns to Megalos Prinos).
A drive and tour out to Maries on Thassos Island.
Maries is reached by leaving the coast road at Skala Maries and makes for an enjoyable drive as you pass through olive groves, pine, walnut and plane trees - the road follows a rocky stream for much of the way as well as
passing two interesting churches (one of which has picnic tables alongside the road from where you can see the river/stream, a very pleasant spot.)
You need to be aware of the many goats on the road, some of which seem to think running across the road in front of you at the last ,oment is a good idea..
As you enter Maries, take the road to your right and you will find parking spaces near the taverna. You can continue on the dirt track right into the valley - since we both walked and (another time) drove along this track it's
worth mentioning that there are quite a few views etc which you just cannot see and enjoy whilst driving, as well as the opportunity to chat to a goat herder and also perhaps a beekeeper.
The track follows a stream and after several kilometres you can see several small waterfalls and then eventually an artificial lake - all of which are worth exploring.
A circular walk on Thassos Island Greece starting at the junction by the woodman's hut.
With the hut on your right bear left following the track
alongside the stream and after several hundred yards take the switchback turning to the left which heads up into the hills. Ignore a turning on
your right - just keep on the main track and enjoy the ever expanding views as the hills appear and also eventually a birds-eye view of the
lake. Continue on the main path, ignore the next turning on your left and continue on up to the saddle high above the valley.
At the junction at the very top of the saddle turn right (straight on would take you to the Moni Ag Panteleimon), and keep following the track along the top of the ridge. You will pass a turning on your right after a
while which if you wish can shorten the walk considerably since it takes you back down to the bottom track and back to the woodman's hut.
continue straight onwards until you reach an open area with a water tank on your left - take the right-hand turn (Maries was marked when we did this walk but...). The scenery now changes into heavy wooded countryside, with streambeds
crossing your track every so often. Eventually you reach the marble quarry - keep on your track and ultimately you will arrive back at the woodman's hut.
A "there and back" Thassos walk to Kastro starting at the junction by the woodman's hut.
Kastro is well worth a visit but note the track -
although driveable - is extremely rough in places especially on the top ridges and hence probably only suitable for 4-wheelers - but of course in
our view mostly it's totally suitable for a very enjoyable walk. Passing the woodman's hut on your left take the track in front of you heading away from the stream, and climb up - stay on this
track ignoring a track which soon goes off to your left. At the top you come upon a junction with tracks heading in all manner of directions, take
the right hand track along the ridge which when we last walked there did signpost Kastro painted on an oil drum. As a matter of interest after
several bends along this ridge you actually are officially on a mountain (by a few feet - but nevertheless..).
is well worth a visit - it has traditional houses, a pictureseque square with a fountain
which was built in 1888; the village is purched on a pine-clad mountain slope. Whilst a lot of the houses are quite derelict, as with Kastro they are slowly being rebuilt and re-occupied.
Taking a trip too and tour around Theologos on Thassos Island.
Theologos Village certainly should not be missed either whilst out touring around Thassos Island. However it can only
really be explored properly if on foot - if you just drive through gazing at the fleeting view of the strange houses you may well go back home and wonder what you
Park at the start of the village (just before the road narrows) and take a stroll on down the road into the village, taking side
roads/alleys as you please, looking at all the houses being renovated, the way they are painted, the gardens and so on.
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