Thassos, the Emerald of the Northern Aegean

Thassos, the Emerald of the Northern Aegean Thassos is an island in Macedonia, located in the northern Aegean Sea and is only a few kilometers away from Kavala.[1][2] It is also known as the Emerald of the Aegean.[3] Its coastline stretches for 115 kilometers, and its land area covers 378.84 square kilometers. It is separated from Kavala by a distance of 18 nautical miles and is just 6 miles away from Keramoti and Kavala Airport. Administratively, Thassos belongs to the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, and along with the surrounding smaller islands, it forms the homonymous municipality and regional unit.

According to mythology, Thassos was discovered due to one of Zeus's many romantic escapades. When Zeus, transformed into a bull, abducted the daughter of the Phoenician king, Europa, he asked his sons by Phoenicia, Cilix, Cadmus, and his grandson Thassos, to search for her. During their quest, Thassos found himself on the island at some point. He was enchanted by the unparalleled beauty and charm of the island and, unable to return without Europa, decided to settle permanently on the island.

The island is surrounded by coasts throughout its entire extent, such as Golden Beach in Skala Panagia, Golden Coast in Skala Potamia, Kinira, Paradise Beach, Thimonia, Alyki, Psili Ammos, Astris, Poti Beach, Pefkari, Limenaria Beach up to Trypiti, Atsapi Beach in Skala Marion, Kallirachi Beach, Sotiras Beach, Alsylleio (Dasylio) Beach in Skala Prinos, Skala Rahoni, Pachis, Papalimani, Glyfada, and in the town of Limenas, Agios Vasileios Beach, the beach (settlement) on the eastern side of the town, Nysteri, and Glykadi (2-3 km from Limenas). Noteworthy are also the springs in Panagia of Thassos.


Activities favored on Thassos include water skiing and fishing, hiking and mountaineering, hunting, as well as bird watching. Additionally, the Greek Ornithological Society and the international organization BirdLife have initiated a program for continuous monitoring by volunteers of the important area for wild birds on Thassos (IBA GR016). A portion of the island has been designated of special value for wild birds (similarly, 96 other areas have been designated throughout Greece), and it is among the first areas nationwide to be placed under volunteer monitoring by these organizations.

Summer on Thassos offers endless hours under the sun, beautiful beaches, and fun sea activities, attracting more tourists year by year. However, many people do not realize that Thassos is more than just a summer destination—it is a year-round, visitable, and welcoming island!

Spring, summer, autumn, and winter, Thassos provides unique choices and opportunities, as it is one of those places you can visit almost any time your heart desires.

water sports

The list of water sports you can enjoy on the island is endless. The only limitations are your skills, energy levels, and of course, your imagination! In addition to common water activities like swimming and carefree sea plunges, you can also try kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, banana boating, ringo riding, mambo rides, parasailing, sea biking, sailing, and rowing. On organized beaches, you can even rent speedboats or boats for your adventures on the open sea. One thing is for sure, with such a variety of activities, you won't get bored!

Beaches where you can indulge in water sports include Golden Beach, Pachis Beach, and Skala Rahoni in the north, as well as Pefkari, Poti Beach, and Psili Ammos on the south side of the island.


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