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Mini guide to Thassos


The island of Thassos is located in the northern Aegean Sea near the mainland of Macedonia. The island's main town is also called Thassos and is on the northern coast. From here, it is easy to explore the island's ancient monuments and its famous marble mines. The island also has a reputation for producing good, quality wines and delicious honey.

The town of Thassos is easy to negotiate on foot, and many of its buildings are constructed of the local marble. The Agora is the main market in town, and the archaeology museum is located at the market's side entrance. In the museum's garden, you will find statues of eagles, lions and other creatures.

Probably the town's greatest attraction is the four-kilometre wall of marble that surrounds it; you can also visit the marble factories to watch the stone being fashioned into smooth slabs. Alternatively, there are many appealing beaches near Thassos town, of which Makryammos is a good example, with its soft-sand beach and inviting clear waters.

There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in town, and the locally-made honey and olive oil make particularly good souvenirs to take home with you. When passing local bakeries, keep your eyes open for the local speciality - puff bread, which is stuffed with spinach and sheep's milk cheese.

It is worth taking a drive around the coastal road that skirts the island to see some of the ancient monuments, such as the Archangelou Monastery between Alyki and Astris in the south. The village of Panagia on the east coast is particularly picturesque, with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and slate roofs. Just near Panagia, Golden Beach is one of the island's most popular spots for swimming and sunbathing.

Kavalla's Megas Alexandros Airport is nearest Thassos, and is located just 30 minutes from the town's main harbour. You can also fly to Thessalonika International Airport and then cover the last 225kms by bus or taxi, followed by a ferry.

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