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What to see and do in Thassos: Why I think you’ll fall in love with the island.
The Greek island of Thassos is one of our new summer 2016 destinations and I was lucky enough to visit the ‘Emerald Isle’ for myself last week, to see just how beautiful it really is. Before going, I had seen many photos showing its beautiful beaches and stunning green landscapes. But going there and experiencing it all in person, along with the relaxing atmosphere and unchanging charm, made me fall in love with the place. I’m convinced you’ll love it too, and not only that it is decided to be one of the best Greek islands to live on. So here are a few reasons why….
Thassos is lined with countless sandy beaches and secluded coves, perfect for enjoying long, lazy days in the warm Greek sun. If you are a couple on a relaxing vacation together, the beaches are large and quiet enough to find your own peaceful spot away from it all, where you can lie back on your sun lounger and doze off to the sound of the blue Aegean Sea lapping gently against the shore.
For families, many of the island’s beaches boast Blue Flag status, ensuring a high level of cleanliness and safety. Some of the most popular beaches on Thassos are Golden Beach, Paradise Beach and Aliki Beach. But my favorite is the stunning Makryammos Beach, which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle and worth a visit.
There are so many amazing islands to choose from when it comes to picking the perfect Greece vacation, but what really sets Thassos apart from all the others is that it has managed to retain its traditional Greek charm. You won’t find fast food chains or tourist bars here, and that’s what I really liked about the place.
You can sample authentic Greek cuisine in family-run tavernas or mingle with the locals at the weekly markets. And while you’re there, be sure to buy some of the locally produced olive oil and honey that the island is so famous for. They make the perfect gifts to take home…even if, like me, they’re really for you!
Things to do
There is plenty to see and do on the island of Thassos, if you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beaches. A boat ride along the coast is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon, but if you want to explore even more of the island, why not rent a car for a couple of days? After all, it only takes an hour and a half to drive all the way around.
If car rental is not your kind of thing, then I can recommend the island tour excursion, which will take you to visit the picturesque village of Panagia, as well as the archaeological site of Aliki and the famous Archangel Michael Monastery. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the monastery, but don’t forget your camera as the views from there are absolutely mind-blowing.
Shopping in Thassos town
The largest town on the island is the capital, Thassos Town, also known as Limenas. This is the place to find great bars and tavernas by the water, but also where you’ll find plenty of stores to browse and get the best bargain. If you haven’t yet filled your suitcase with olives, olive oil, honey and Ouzo, then an afternoon in Thassos Town gives you the perfect opportunity to buy all those last minute souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
There are a wide variety of hotels to stay at in Thassos, all of which offer something unique and appealing for their guests. If you’re looking for a true taste of Greece, then somewhere like the Anastasia Studios could be the perfect place for you. The Four Seasons Hotel offers pure relaxation and luxury, and the Mediterranean Hotel provides the perfect atmosphere in a stunning beachfront location. And new this year, we have the amazing SENTIDO Thassos Imperial, which prides itself on being in one of the best locations on the island. Most of all these hotels can be booked at https://karta.com.