Thassos Holidays – An island of vivid colour, ancient culture and dramatic coastlines
Thassos is known as ‘the Emerald of the Aegean’. Verdant forests plunge down to crystal clear waters which lap onto soft, sandy beaches. It’s a charming place that everyone can enjoy, but its relaxed atmosphere, authentic villages and historic towns makes it ideal for families and couples.
Thassos has kept its traditional feel and is not overdeveloped. Lively resorts like Golden Beach, Limenaria and Limenas (Thassos Town) have all the beachside facilities you would expect, flanked by tavernas, shops and bars. Other attractions include the mountain village of Panagia with its natural spring, marble quarries in Alyki and the many historical sites of Limenas (Thassos Town).
The weather in Thassos
The summer months of June, July and August are hottest in Thassos with temperatures around 27 – 30 Celsius. If you like it a little cooler, book for late May (23C) or September (26C) when warm sunshine is still abundant, with pleasant daytime and evening temperatures. Bird watchers, walkers and mountain bikers might prefer the comfortable spring days of April and early May (17C – 23C) when this lush, mountainous island bursts into a landscape of captivating colour.
Getting the best deal to Thassos
Booking outside of peak season is the best way to find the cheapest prices to Thassos. If you can avoid school holidays, then you’ll find the resorts a little quieter too. Demand for accommodation is highest in August, and that’s when prices get pushed up, unless you want to wait and see if you can get a last minute bargain. Why not visit our late deals page to see what’s on offer.
Airport and Transport need to know
There’s no airport on Thassos, which means taking a flight to Kavala (KVA) or Thessaloniki (SKG) then a boat. Kavala airport provides straightforward links to the island. From there, you can take the ferry or hydrofoil to Limenas (Thassos Town) in the north east or Skala Prinos in the north west of the island, at a cost of between 3 – 5 Euros (£2.50 - £4) for a foot passenger. By ferry the journey takes around 1.5 hours. The hydrofoil takes around 30 minutes. There’s also a service from Keramoti to Limenas (Thassos Town), which is just 10 -15 minutes from the airport in a taxi (around 15 Euros or £12). The crossing takes around 30 minutes and costs about 3 Euros (£2.50).
From Thessaloniki airport plan a transfer by bus or hire car to Kavala, then pick up the boat. Flights for Kavala leave from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Flights to Thessaloniki depart from a variety of UK airports.
A selection of top regions in Thassos
Thassos is an island that is geared towards its summer visitors, so facilities in the resorts are conveniently located, often clustered around the sea front. Families will enjoy the shallow shelving bay of Golden Beach, whilst young people will like the vibrant nightlife in Limenaria on the south west of the island. The Capital, Limenas (Thassos Town) is a good base for explorers and offers the variety of shops, archaeological sites, restaurants and beaches.
Golden Beach is one of the most popular resorts on Thassos with one of the best beaches on the island. There’s 2km of fine white sand, which is perfect for lounging on a sunbed, paddling or swimming in the warm sea or for the more adventurous, there’s a variety of watersports to try. The resort itself is a hubbub of tavernas, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, all nestled into the hillside, with Mount Ipsario rising up from behind the village. You won’t want to leave.
Thassos Town is known locally as Limenas and is the choice for those who prefer the buzz of town life. The beach is popular for relaxation but there’s so much more you can do here. Go back to antiquity at the amphitheatre in the north of the town, then follow the ruined city walls up to the ancient acropolis or in the heat of the day, visit the archaeological museum or explore the many shops. There’s a good bus service to help you get around or you could hire a car to see the island.
Limenaria, the second largest town on the island, is a popular choice for visitors with a wide range of entertainment and its close proximity to nearby villages, beaches and coves, including Tripiti and Metallia beaches. Whether you want to kick back for a couple of weeks, or party until dawn, Limenaria can give you the Greek experience you want.