A May 2005 trip
to Thassos by Peter Reed
Quote: This is a beautiful green island off the northern Greek mainland, reached by a 35-minute ferry trip from Keramoti and unspoilt by mass tourism. There is good walking, clean beaches, small resorts, and great food.
Thassos is the most northerly of all the Greek islands. Flights generally go into Kavala, from where it is a short coach drive to the ferry port of Keramoti, then by boat for 35 minutes to the island. Alternatively, a taxi will cost about €10. Ferry fare is about €2 per person. Keramoti can also be reached by flying into Thessalonika, about 2.5 hours drive away.
On the approach can be seen the large mountain Ipsarion, which reaches to 1,203m. There is a 91km road which circles the coast, with short spurs leading to the few inland towns and villages.
The island itself is very green and famous for its clean beaches. Well known for the hospitality of its residents, the island produces the most delightful honey. The main industry is marble, with large quarries on the hillsides. Marble and honey push tourism into third place as the main source of income.
The main town is also known as Thassos or Limenas. Around the coast are various villages with the prefix Skala – this means harbour. Inland from each of these is a mountain village with the same name. Limenas is situated in the north. The other main resorts are in the south: Potos and Limenaria.
The island has not been overrun by tourism and has retained its Greek character and traditions. There are many archaeological sites. It is said if you dig anywhere on the island, you will come across old ruins just below the surface.
Studios run by Scottish lady Carol and her Greek husband Vasilis - a real character. Bungalow style accommodation - typically Greek, very basic - twin beds, en-suite shower room, wardrobe, and kitchen unit, patio with table and couple of chairs. Eleven studios in all - so small and friendly.
The complex includes a swimming pool and pool bar and is surrounded by olive trees. Lovely girl, Zoe, served behind the bar most evenings and also cleaned the studios daily. Vasilis kept us entertained in the evening. Beware of coming in the olive picking season - Vasilis will enlist your help.
There is a very humerous guidebook which suggests free tea is available - just ask for THE tea bag - but return it after 20 minutes so next person can use it - but don't damage it or you will have to pay for it! He also suggests if there is a water shortage, there will only be water in the deep end of the pool!!
Altogether a very pleasant stay. When we stayed, many of the other guests were back for repeat visits.
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