The Greek Islands and Athens

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Thassos, being close to the mainland, has become a popular Greek Island destination for not only northern Greeks, but also holidaymakers from Eastern European countries. Recently due to the influx of the package holiday industry, Thassos has also become very popular with the Germans and British.

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The main town of Limenas, also known as Thassos town, has a picturesque fishing harbour, a good selection of bars and tavernas and the usual shops catering for the needs of the tourists, but unfortunately little else to get excited about. The town is backed by pine clad hills.

Thassos 2Behind the harbour area lies the remains of an ancient Roman agora. The ruins cover a large area and a few of the pillars have been re-erected, there are the remains of the foundations  of buildings and evidence of a drainage system. to give an idea of the original layout of the site. Although the area is gated, these are often left open. With its trees producing shade when required, this is a peaceful place to spend some time and get away from it all. During the summer months, concerts are held within its grounds.

Limenaria on the west coast of Thassos is the second largest town on the island. Originally built to accommodate German mining executives in the 1900s, it is now going through a gradual face lift in an attempt to attract more package holiday companies as well as independent visitors. A good deal of work has been done to improve the look and feel of the sea front. It is along this stretch where you will be able to find the majority of the hotels, bars, and tavernas.

Thassos 4Walk to the south of the town, go up the stone steps to the right of the bank, at the top of the hill, walk towards the sea, follow the path that starts behind the mansion on the top of the hill and you will find the beach of Metalia. It is just far enough out of town to put off those who are unhappy about walking any distance from their hotels, so the beach does not usually become crowded.There are a few sun beds and sun shades for hire, plus a snack bar to buy food and drinks to keep you going.

Thassos 5Thassos like many of the other Greek islands, produce their own version of Strong alcoholic refreshment. You can visit a local distillery either as part of an organised tour or by simply turning up at the door during opening times. They will explain how the range of drinks are produced plus a chance to taste some of their produce before being offered an opportunity to buy a bottle or two. Needless to say, if you are driving you should only take the slightest of sips, or trust in a friend or partner to choose for you.

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