Thassos. The Green Island
The island of Thassos is a real treasure for Greece!
Unlike some other islands, the island of Thassos has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches and azure waters.
It truly maintain all the elements of Greek culture and Greek traditions that have been lost in time by many Greek islands. Well maintained monuments of the glorious past can be seen on the island, such as the walls of the fortress of the ancient city, the temple of Apollo, the ancient theater, the Acropolis and the chapel of Dionysus with its choral monuments.
An important reason to choose Thassos for your vacation is the fact that we are so close to the coast of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, something that allows you to take more tours in many ancient (and not only) places and beautiful cities which are scattered throughout Northern Greece
The island is one of the most fertile islands of the Aegean Sea. Among other products, it produces olives (the unique savoury of Thassos), oil, fruits, honey and wine. The island has a rich supply of minerals. There are areas with copper in Theologos and Thimonia, with silver and zinc in Limenaria and with iron in the region of Kallirachi. The famous mines of Thassos, as well as the timberlands for the shipyards had been the main reason for the brilliant development, glamour and progress of the island during antiquity.
Η Θάσος βρίσκεται σε μια απόσταση 7-8 μιλίων απέναντι από την ακτογραμμή της Ανατολικής Μακεδονίας, πολύ κοντά στον Κόλπο της Κεραμωτής και στην εκβολή του Πόταμού Νέστου (Βόρειο γεωγραφικό πλάτος 40o40o, Ανατολικό γεωγραφικό μήκος 24o40o).
The island is located at a distance of 7-8 miles across the coastline of eastern Macedonia, near the Gulf of Keramoti and the mouth of the river Nestos (North latitude 40o40o, East longitude 24o40o). Its surface is 393 km ² and its inhabitants are about 13,500. It belongs to the Prefecture of Kavala, it is one municipality (Municipality of Thassos) with nine municipal districts. The island is mountainous with amazing beaches and is covered by dense forests of firs, oaks and pines that often end up on the edge of the sea. Forests occupy about 7/10 of the island’s surface, while groves thrive all along the coast.
HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND
By plane: The island has no airport, but is served by the International Airport of Kavala. From Athens to Kavala there are many scheduled flights on a daily basis, in the airport “Alexander the Great” in Chrissoupoli,30km east of Kavala. There are also flights from major European cities, several times a week. The airport is 13km from the port of Keramoti where ferryboats will take you to the main town of our island( in 30 minutes).
By car: There are excellent roads connecting all major towns in the region. Approximately 2 hours (165km) are needed for someone to reach the port of Kavala by car from Thessaloniki. It takes about the same time from here to the last European City to the east, Alexandroupoli. (174kms).
Ferryboat: Ferries connect the island with Kavala (1 hr) and with Keramoti (30 minutes). There is a daily connection by ferryboat between Kavala – Thassos (17 m) Kavala – Prinos (13m) Keramoti – Thassos (6m). There are also hydrofoil ships that connect the islad with Kavala (30m).
By Bus (Coach): You can reach Kavala by starting you bus trip from Athens to Thessaloniki and reach Kavala using the bus services of Kavala.
By train: You can use the Greek railways to travel to Drama and Xanthi. The trip takes about 7.5 hours from Athens. When you reach Drama or Xanthi, you can take the bus to Kavala or Keramoti.
By boat: Sea lines connect Kavala with the North Aegean islands and Piraeus throughout the year, while during the summer season Kavala is connected with almost all the islands of the Aegean Sea.
While on the island: There are buses that serve all the villages on a daily basis. The 100 km road network is in very good condition. The island, like many other parts of Greece is a place you must visit and stay for at least a few days of your summer vacation. It is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, combining the sea and mountains
SOURCE: official website of Thassos