THASSOS - EMERALD SHELTER
Thassos is a beautiful island in the North Aegean with wonderful beaches that in addition to natural beauty, has a rich archaeological treasure. Prehistoric sites, archeological sites, early Christian basilicas, monasteries, churches, mountain villages with traditional architecture compose a unique landscape. One can choose between alternative forms of tourism, but also its cosmopolitan atmosphere. It took its name from Thassos, the son of the Phoenician king, Anigoras. Thassos has 22 villages and settlements, with developed mountainous and coastal villages. Limenas is the main port and the capital of the island. In Potos, the tourist center of Thassos, there are diving schools for those who want unique experiences.
The Archaeological Museum is one of the most remarkable regional museums in the country, as well as the museum of Polygnotos Vagis, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Above the ancient market is the Acropolis with its marble walls which was the last defense in case of emergency, which was even used as a treasury where they kept the riches of the city. The ancient market which was the commercial, political and religious center of the island, was discovered by the French Archaeological School during the period 1948-1955 and is the heart of the ancient city of Thassos. The ancient theater was built in the 3rd century BC. and in 1921 the concave of the theater, the orchestra, the aisles and a part of the stage were discovered.
The beaches of Thassos are one of the most beautiful in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace as they are famous for their turquoise waters while most of them are shallow, ideal for families and are suitable for water games, while there are shores with deeper waters. Most of the beaches in Thassos are organized and distinguished by a high level of services of all kinds, while several have been awarded the blue flag. Aliki is one of the most famous beaches on the southeast side of the island which consists of two bays and is a popular destination on the island. Chrysi Ammoudia, one of the most famous beaches of the island, is located on the north side and very close to it ,is Chrysi Akti, another wonderful beach. Saliara with the clearest and blue waters is located very close to the port and deserves your destination for sea lovers.
Paradise is a beach which until a few years ago was a nudist beach, which has the finest and golden sand and crystal clear waters. Vathi beach, just 8 km from Limenas, is a top destination with blonde, fine sand, white pebbles and pines hanging by the sea. Giola is a natural lagoon that looks like a pool in the rocks, the water is warmer than the sea, as it is slowly renewed with each wave. At a distance of 4 km from the "Castle" of Limenaria, are the waterfalls of Agioi Apostoloi that flow from a height of 3.5 meters and cross the mountains, along paths of pines, oaks, firs and plane trees offering strong emotions. Skidia after the Aliki peninsula at a distance of 33 km from Limenas is a small cove with amazing waters, white rocks, pines, ideal for diving.
Thassos has many healthy and delicious food options thanks to its rich vegetation and very fertile climate. Olive oil production is the second source of income after the tourism industry for many Thasites for this reason the olive is considered a blessed tree. The authentic "trumpets" olives, with the protected designation of origin, and the extra virgin olive oil are known beyond the borders of the country. Honey is one of the most famous products produced since antiquity for this reason Thassos was and remains a beekeeping center. The spoon sweets are prepared in Thassos with genuine Thassian honey produced by local beekeepers so all the spoon sweets have a special and unique taste with the most famous being walnut. Other desserts are fig, zucchini, orange, rose and quince.
Tsipouro is a variation of raki to which they add aromas of anise and various fruits that give a milder and more fruity taste. Wine production in antiquity played a major role in the development of the island's economy and was considered one of the best wines in Greece. The great history is testified by the laws that were found engraved on marble inscriptions and concern the trade of wine. Famous and with a protected designation of origin is Thassos feta made from goat's and sheep's milk and the traditional Thassos cheese. Thassite marble, known for its whiteness and luster, was used to build the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. You are still considered sought after all over the world and the visitor has the opportunity to admire the Ancient quarry of Alyki, now protected by the Ministry of Culture.