The Emerald Isle of the Aegean

Samantha Riddell on 06 January 2018

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Thassos my one true love in form of a destination! If I didn't live in Australia, I would definitely be heading back here!

This beautiful emerald island is somewhat overlooked as an island to visit in Greece, in some ways I like that as it gets to keep it charm unlike some of the other touristy islands that have an "Full English" café on every corner!

To reach the island you would need to fly in to Kavala. Just a short flight from Athens for the all the international connections. After a 15-minute drive from the airport you will then hop on a 17km ferry ride (30 minutes) over to the island where you will dock in Limenas the islands largest town.

It only has one main road going around the entire island which is only 90km long, so no matter where you stay on the island it is within easy reach. Taxi's wait to greet the passengers from the ferry or alternatively you can hire a car nearby or arrange to collect it from the port.

Limenas town is lovely seaside Greek town, with cobbled streets lined with different types of shops and old historic Greek ruins to explore. The cake shop is amazing (I always remember going in for my weekly chocolate slice when visiting the main town!) You can walk up to the old amphitheatre up on the hill or relax in one of the many restaurants and bars that are tucked away down the side streets and long the sea front.

The south of the island is only a 45-minute drive away anti clockwise around the island, some great beaches and accommodation can be found in the south of the island and is defiantly a personal favourite! The beaches are amazing where ever you go on Thassos and it has some of the best beaches I have ever seen! Hiring a car is well worth it to go in search of your own stretch of beach which isn't hard to find! You can actually follow the sun around the island on the less sunny days! It may be overcast on one side but on the other the sun will be shining. Hire a 4x4 to access some of the more remote parts of the island.

Make time to visit Panagia village, on the north-west side of the island - It is one of the most picturesque and photogenic villages on the island of Thassos. Think white wash and stone built buildings, cobbled streets, traditional taverns and bars! Apart from being a beautiful mountain village, it holds so much history.

The monastery of Archangel Michael is defiantly worth a visit and located in the south-eastern part of Thassos with views of Mount Athos. It is said to date back to 1287!

Having worked in Thassos for a number of years as a holiday rep for the UK customer's staying in the hotels all around the island, I can say there are many nice places to stay to suit all budgets and experiences! The warm hospitality of the locals will make you never want to leave!... go on.... just one more ouzo... Yamas!

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