Kavala (Part 3) - Travelling to Thassos Island

Kavala is one of the largest cities in northern Greece and the bridge to The Green Island of Greece – Thassos Island. Whereof, if in one of the days spent in Kavala, you decide to make a day trip, what could be more beautiful than Thassos Island, where is the turquoise sea, olive trees, oleanders, palms, hills full of herbs, making the picture to be complete.

Thassos, lately occupied a good position in the ranking of lovers of beauty, crystal turquoise water, mountains that seem to be thrown into the sea and why not, the affordable prices at accommodation, compared to other destinations.

The distance from Kavala to Thassos is longer, compared to route departing from Keramoti and the trip takes about 75 minutes, depends on what type of ferry you’ll take and what time you choose, because you can do less than 75 minutes, maybe half of this time. Minutes pass quickly, as you'll be busy all the way to feed the seagulls, which are making the route Kavala - Thassos and vice versa. So be prepared with some bread or bagels, and a photo/video camera, because seagulls are eager to take the food from your hands and to posed, for the most beautiful snapshots.

The price of the ferry varies according to the port of arrival and also by the type of ferry. How we got in a hurry, we took the ferry which was leaving, belonging to ''Thassos Ferries Company'', and the trip has cost around € 4.60 / person/one direction only. If you are by car, you can take her too, for a fee of EUR 20/30 depending on season. The program of departures in high season, in summer, starts at 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. PS: Shipping companies change their schedule, so the safest is to go directly to the port and see clearly the program.

The advantage of going to the island by car, is because Thassos is one of the few Greek Islands that has a road, surrounding it and during your driving you’ll cross near the sea, you will pass through several picturesque villages and island's beaches. The trip lasts approximately 3 hours.

The ferry will let you in Skala Prinos, a resort with a lot of taverns, a strongly smell of fish, cute souvenirs shops and the beach that starts right from the port and continue with pine forest in an area with fine sand and clear water, ideal for swimming.

PS: Just in case you don’t come with the car, I suggest that once you get off the ferry, and don’t want to waste your time and make quickly a bath in the Aegean sea, just stay in Skala Prinos. As soon as the ferry docked, on the left and  right side, there is a long and narrow, sandy beach, most of the time with few people, so it is quieter than the one in Limenas.

From this resort you can reach by car, the following attractions of Thassos:

  • Skala Prinos – Limenas, which is the largest port of Thassos island and its capital. Here you can see archaeological sites, sculptural ensembles, you can visit the Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, the Bridge District Silen, the ancient amphitheater, or you can go on one of the beautiful beaches awarded with the "Blue Flag" or choose one of the shopping areas of the city. Thassos Town or Limenas, is a small town but very cozy, full of palm trees, oleanders a lot of cats. Limenas is located about 15 km / 18 minutes, from Skala Prinos.
  • Skala Prinos – Paradise Beach, is by far the most spectacular beach in Thassos, with amazing mountains that are seen in the back, a perfect beach with incredible fine sand. Paradise Beach is located at 36 km, about 45 minutes, from Skala Prinos.
  • Skala Prinos – Chrisi Ammoudia, Skala Potamia, Panagia (Golden Beach) - Golden Beach is the largest beach in Thassos, with sandy beach in the water too, with a smooth blue sea, where you have to go very far until it becomes deep, offering you an overwhelming scenery, where the mountains are closer to you than ever. The beach is clean, you can rent two chairs and an umbrella for 7 euro. The beach it is located at a distance of 27 kilometers, approximately 32 minutes, from Skala Prinos.

Other points of interest:

  • For a total libertine experience, choose to go to GIOLA, a natural hole, like a pool, hollowed in stone, with blocks of marbles on the bottom, an incredible green water, all the creation of nature. Whether you bathe or make some raving shots, seeming detached from another planet, GIOLA is a must see once you have arrived in Thassos.
  • Currently, the island has dozens of historical places of pilgrimage. Deserves a visit the Monastery Virgin Maries and Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel, which is the largest and most famous monastery in Thassos. Be aware that access rules are very strict: men must have long pants and women must wear decent dresses, no shorts.
  • Theologos Museum, located in the village of the same name, besides the original furniture and original specific objects, at the ground floor is holding an exhibition dedicated to materials and tools used by the Greeks in their work: models of mills and oil mills, old tools, sewing machines, collections of photos and a lot more interesting things.
  • The village of Panagia is an authentic mountain village with narrow streets and typical Greek houses, full of flowers, and small courtyards. Skala Potamia is a developed resort with many hotels, hostels, pubs and souvenir shops. The beach is quite small but wide, and the white sand here is the finest on the island. A big plus is the mountain of Skala Potamia, Ypsario, which rises in the back, so the view is spectacular!
  • Beach Alyki is a paradise on earth, offering privacy and relaxation in a beautiful setting, with fine sand, calm waters and abundant vegetation, being located 31 km south of Limenas.

Tips & Hints

  • If you didn’t come with car, you can reach the beaches by bus, the prices starting from 1.10 Euros to 4.60 Euros, depending from what point of the island you start your journey and where you're going. There are tours of the island too, with prices starting from 8.20 Euros.
  • Near Limenaria, towards Scale Marion, is a jewelry factory - Iris Gold, where everything is done manually and at half price compared to the shops on the island.
  • Thassos is famous for its mines of gold, marble and olive oil. If the first two you can’t purchase, at least olive oil you must try, and also olives and honey, some varieties have also nuts inside. Pine honey or fruit and vegetables preserved in honey syrup, are a must try!
  • West and north-west of the island has gentle slopes and wider beaches, while the east and south is rocky, dominated by mountains.
  • Thassos meals are great, big and cheap; with about EUR 20, 2 people can eat, and at some taverns even with EUR 10/12. At the restaurants of the island you’ll find some of the best dishes, among which: seafood, fish, goat cheese, olives, meatballs and famous tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic), Horiatiki salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta cheese), tarama (fish roe), melitzanosalata (eggplant salad), karydopitas (candy with nuts and almonds).

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