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Quick Facts: Thassos
Pronunciation Tha-sos
Alternate Spelling Thasos
Transportation Air, Ferry, Hydrofoil
Main Attractions white sand beaches, archaeological remains
Food Many excellent choices
Accommodations Many excellent choices

Thassos Characteristics

Thassos has a land mass of 379 sq. km. and a coastline of 95 km. Only 3 nautical miles from Keramoti on the northern Greek mainland, it is 16 nautical miles southeast of Kavala, the nearest major mainland town with an airport. Its population is about 13,000.

Island Features

Thassos is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, it is very green, has wonderful soft beaches and is rarely affected by the Meltemi that blows across many of the other islands.

Many Germans and Austrians have discovered the island but have not overrun it. There are many archeological ruins around its capital Limenas. There are several tiny islets quite near its coast and the fishing is good.

Several small villages and hamlets are accessible on the well maintained encircling island road as well as the many sandy beaches. Oil has been discovered offshore, but no plans have been made to exploit it–so far. Thassos was once a souce of gold, and continues to be a big supplier of white marble–you may notice the scars from the quarries on the mountain sides.


Limenas (or Thassos) is the capital and port. It's a lively place, especially along the waterfront. The Archaeology Museum has been expanded and contains many wonders. In the center of the city is the agora, rebuilt by the Romans. It has foundations, columns, porticoes, sanctuaries and a massive altar. Near that is part of a Roman street with a few tiers of the Odeon. A bit further down is the sanctuary for Hercules, the Herakleion. This area of townhas a Sanctuary of Poseidon. Two ancient naval gates lead into the port. You can get to the acropolis by way of the Sanctuary of Dionysos. Excavations of the acropolis are complete and plans to renew Thassos' ancient drama festival there underway.

But wait, we aren't finished. Limenas also has a 5th Century BC Temple of Athena Poliouchos, a Sanctuary of Pan, a Secret Stair and well decorated gates including Gate of Parmenon, Gate of Silenus, Gate of Dionysos and Hercules and the Gate of Zeus and Hera.

Limenas' town beach is sandy and shaded.

The main road circles the island and leads to numerous charming villages and many, many wonderful white sand beaches. The best beaches are in the south and east. Although the bus service is good, Thassos is small enough to explore by motorbike. Many of the coastal villages are new–built since the suppression of piracy in the 19th Century–and most are annexed to older inland villages that were used when pirates were still ransacking the area on a regular basis.

The village of Kastro is in the center of the island. The fortified hill is now a cemetery surrounded by sheep farmers.

In the foothills near the west coast, Sotiras has the best sunset watching.

Drinking and Dining

There are excellent places to eat on Thassos. The nightlife is young and active. The villages on the east and west coasts all have decent places to eat.


The island has been populated since the Stone Age and was known for its natural wealth of marble, gold, silver and vineyards. Its wonderful climate and location have made it fair game for invaders and conquerors over the centuries: Persians, Thassians, Athenians, Romans, Turks, Russian, Egyptians, and Bulgarians have all had control over the island at one time or another.


The moist climate here breeds mosquitoes very well. Bring insect repellant!


Location of Thassos in Greece

Map of Thassos

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Helpful Information
Transportation Facts
  • By Air: There are daily flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Kavala
  • By Sea: Thassos has 2 harbors, and ferries link from Kavala hourly to Skala Prinou, 1 1/2 hrs, €4
  • Limenas, the other harbor, only links once a day with Kavala, but several times a day from Keramoti, 45 min., €1.50, almost due north of the island
  • There is bus service on the island and you can find water taxis, excursion boats, motorcycles and cars to rent.
Island Resources
  • Tel. Code:0593
  • Postal Code: 64004
  • Thassos Police Tel: 22-500
  • Archeological Museum Tel: 22-180
  • Ambulance Tel: 166
  • Potamia, Vagis Museum/ Tel: 61-400
  • Prinos Health Center/ Tel: 71-100/1
  • Thassos Port Authority/ Tel: 22-106
  • Bus Station, across from ferry/ Tel: 22-162
  • Prinos Port Authority/ Tel: 71-390
  • National Bank, 24hr ATM, waterfront, M-Sat till 1:30
  • OTE, 1 block in from harbor


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