THASSOS – ΘΑΣΟΣ
The Island of Thassos, often called the "Emerald Isle" in tourist propaganda lies only 12 kms from mainland Greece and has become a popular tourist resort for northern Greeks and package holiday makers from northern Europe. Approximately 379 sq kms, Thassos Island coastline measures approximately 95 kms and is endowed with wonderful beaches. It is a beautiful mountainous island covered in forestland mainly cedar, oak and pine forests and has much to satisfy the sunbathing and cultural tourist'.
Due to the amount of forestland the island has had more than its fair share of forest fires, some of which were not accidental, especially the horrendous fires of the 1980s and 1990s. The highest point of the island is Ipsarion 3,947ft.
The Island of Thassos is also richly endowed with natural resources. In antiquity gold and silver had been discovered there by the Parians (from the island of Paros). Gold deposits were discovered mainly between Limenas and Kinyra.
The white marble to be found on the island has also provided a substantial income throughout the ages and today quarries may be found mainly between Liménas and Panayìa spoiling somewhat the surrounding mountainsides. Quarrying here flourished during the Roman period and continues to this day with ever increasing intensity. Another source of income is the exportation of pine (the Aleppo pine). More recently oil has been discovered and oil derricks may be seen from the shores of Thassos. There is also an abundance of other products characteristic of Greece as a whole: fruit, honey, olives. The typical drink of the islanders is tsipouro.
The capital of Thassos is Limenas (ΛΙΜΕΝΑΣ / Λιμενας) also known as Thassos Town formerly called Limin. The town is mainly modern with a few ancient ruins but it is convenient as a base from which to visit the rest of the island, resorts and villages as most of the island's transport leaves from here. The modern town is built on the site of the ancient city.
Archeological remains indicate that the island has been inhabited ever since the Stone Age and the discovery of gold on the Island made it a much sought after territory and certainly influenced its early history. The island was mentioned by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus who claimed that a Phoenician colony settled there to work the gold mines.
The island was colonised by Greeks from Paros in the 7th century BC, became an ancient city-state and was very successful commercially. Unfortunately, from a military point of view, it was vulnerable to attacks, especially from the Persians under Darius in 492 BC. It was later Athens that conquered the island of Thassos putting an end to its much cherished autonomy. However, a disagreement over gold mines led to the secession of Thassos from the Delian League in 465BC. It once again became an ally of Athens in 389 BC and became a member of the Second Athenian League. In 202 BC it fell under the rule of Macedonia and then of the Romans in 196 AD. It was captured by the Turks in 1455 and in 1813, after the Balkan Wars, it became part of Greece once more. The commercial success continued during Roman occupation but declined during the Byzantine era and Medieval times.
A history of turbulence and commercial success!
Visitors to the island are mainly northern Greeks and package holiday makers from northern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe.
How to Get There:
In high season ferries are frequent leaving from Kavala for Skala Prinos. There are also more frequent ferries from Keramoti to Thassos Town (Limenas).
The telephone code number for Thassos is 25930
Ports of arrival Skala Prinos and Thassos Town (Limenas)
Port Police 25930 22106
Tourist Police 25930 23111
Potos Car Rental 25930 23969
Billy's Bikes 25930 22490
Transport on the island:
KTEL buses leave from Limenas to Limenaria passing through the costal villages, Skala Potamias via Panagia and Potamia. There are also buses to Theologos and Alyki. There are circular routes with buses going around the island both in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.
Island of Thassos tourist attractions:
Ancient Agora (admission free)
The ancient theatre
Polygnotos Vayis Museum (admission free)
The route to mount Ipsarion starts from Potamia
Remains of a Doric shrine and ancient marble quarries
Convent of Archangel Michael
The main resort on Thassos is Limenaria on the south coast the area that has suffered most from forest fires. More scenic and quiet resort villages are Pefkari and Potos. From Potos buses leave for the ancient capital Theologos. The most attractive beaches are to be found on the west coast particularly Makriammos and the stretch of beach from Kinira to Psili Ammos.
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