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    Check out our guide to places in Thasos only locals know for an authentic way of experiencing this lush Greek island. With natural scenery, crystal-clear waters, as well as a rich history that goes back to antiquity, Thasos is one of the most fascinating Greek islands to visit. It’s also known as the greenest island on the Aegean Sea, thanks to its lush vegetation and dense forests.

    After you've had enough of lounging on the beach, add a bit of adventure to your trip by seeking out these hidden gems in Thasos, which are known only by locals… until now.

    1

    Olive picking in Rachoni

    Learn about olive harvesting from the locals

    Rachoni is a picturesque village in the north-western part of Thasos. The village’s old buildings, as well as its beautiful 19th-century church dedicated to Our Lady found by the river, make it worth a visit. Rachoni is most famous for its olives, with most of its olive trees among the oldest on the island.

    You can visit the Olive Oil Museum and arrange for olive-picking excursions. Olives are harvested by the local community between November and January. You can spend time with the locals by helping with the harvest, learning how to pick, collect and bag the famous Throuba olives.

    Sijainti: Rachoni, 640 10, Thasos, Greece

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    Beekeepers’ Collective Honey Factory

    Taste different varieties of honey

    The Beekeepers’ Collective Honey Factory is located near Skala Prinou, in the northern part of Thasos. The island is known for its honey, as its climate isn’t affected by the brisk summer Meltemi winds that sweep across Greece’s southern islands. As you walk around Prinos village, you will hear a constant humming of bees and notice beehives lining the trails.

    The island’s Beekeepers’ Collective consists of over a hundred beekeepers who are dedicated to the use of environmental-friendly beekeeping practices to produce a variety of products, such as honey, propolis, and royal jelly. Visit their factory to learn about beekeeping and sample different varieties of honey. If you visit in August, you can experience its annual honey festival.

    Sijainti: Prinos, 640 10, Thasos, Greece

    Aukioloajat: Daily from 9 am to 2 pm

    Puhelinnumero: +30 25930 71351

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    Potamia

    Visit Thasos’ only donkey sanctuary

    The village of Potamia is perched on the foothills of the Ipsari Mountains, around 10 km south of Thasos. This lively village has a picturesque main square shaded by the dense foliage of old plane trees. Some of its most popular sites include a beautiful stone-built church and an interesting sculpture museum.

    Potamia is also home to Thasos Donkeys, the island’s only donkey sanctuary. The centre works at improving the lives of these hard-working animals. You can catch donkey-racing events during an annual festival organised by the local community, usually at the end of July.

    Sijainti: Skala Potamias, 640 04, Thasos, Greece

    Puhelinnumero: +30 6941 696 245

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    Mikro and Megalo Kazaviti

    Enjoy local wine at the Kazaviti villages

    Kazaviti is a quaint old village with 2 distinctive areas, called Mikro (Little) and Megalo (Big). Located approximately 15 km southwest of Limenas, the village is best known for its premium local wines. Lush green forests of chestnut trees and oaks blend in perfectly with the traditional stone architecture and houses.

    At Mikro Kazaviti’s stone theatre, an art festival called Kazavitiana takes place every summer. Megalo Kazaviti’s local attraction is a square café, which serves cold water sourced from natural springs.

    Sijainti: Kazaviti, 640 10, Thasos, Greece

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    Mount Ipsario

    Climb the tallest peak in Thasos

    Mount Ipsario is the tallest peak on the island of Thasos at around 1,204 metres above sea level. It’s worth the hike for panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighbouring islands. The trail starts from Potamia village, following a well-signed path for around 3 hours of walking.

    Locals recommend that you climb the mountain early in the morning, as the bright sun can obscure views later in the day. Take in the diverse vegetation that adorns the slopes of the mountain, including pines, planes, firs, and cedars. Once at the top, sign the visitor’s log and, if you’re in the mood, stay overnight at the Thassian Mountaineering Club Shelter.

    Sijainti: Ipsario, 640 10, Thasos, Greece

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    Salonikios Beach

    Hang out with the local youths

    Salonikios Beach is located in Astris on the southernmost point of Thasos, around 7 km away from Potos. It is an organised beach that’s particularly popular with the local youths, who consider it an “alternative” hangout spot. 

    The reddish colour of the sand makes it stand out from other beaches on the island. With hammocks hanging between trees providing natural shade, Salonikios is an excellent spot for relaxation away from tourist crowds.

    Sijainti: Limenas, 640 02, Thasos, Greece

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    Atspas Beach

    Watch the sunset from a beach bar

    Atspas Beach is a sandy cove in Skala Marion, around 7.5 km west of Limenaria. It's popular with locals as its shallow waters make it excellent for kids to swim and snorkel safely. 

    Try to spot octopuses and starfishes that often frolic on the surrounding rocks. Atspas Beach is one of the best spots in Thasos for magnificent sunset views. Grab a drink at the Porto Gatos beach bar, while watching the sun sinking into the Aegean Sea.

    Sijainti: Limenaria, 640 02, Thasos, Greece

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    Poetry Trail

    A hiking path combining nature and literature

    The Poetry Trail – or the Path of Poetry – is an 800-metre-long hiking route on the western side of Thasos. It starts from the central square of Kallirachi, a mountainous village located about 20 km west of the island’s capital. It’s also known as the "Balcony of Thasos” for the magnificent views it offers.

    For the best view out towards the mainland of Greece, walk among the olive groves, following the Poetry Trail towards the fortified hilltop tower of Metamorfosi. You can make frequent stops along the way to read the poems and writings of greats, such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Goethe, which are carved on marble slabs marking the route.

    Sijainti: Kallirachi, 640 10, Thasos, Greece

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    Ksilofournos

    Try honey-soaked desserts

    Ksilofournos is a traditional wood-oven bakery in Potamia, on the eastern end of Thasos island. The village is around 10 km south of Thasos town. When you visit this village, which is named after a gorgeous river, stop by Ksilofournos for a traditional cheese pie. 

    Thassian bakeries also use local honey in a lot of their recipes. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the honey-soaked halva (a dense confectionary) and saragli (Greek baklava roll).

    Sijainti: Skala Potamias, 640 04, Thasos, Greece

    Aukioloajat: Daily from 7.30 am to 10 pm

    Puhelinnumero: +30 25930 61806

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    Limani Tavern

    End the day with rebetika music

    Limani is a fish tavern in Limenaria that’s situated right by the Aegean Sea. It's an ideal spot for authentic Greek cuisine as the tavern uses century-old family recipes and local ingredients. 

    The owner, who also happens to be a singer, keeps you entertained all night by playing rebetika music and singing, creating a fun and cosy environment. Try the local tsipouro (un-aged brandy) and fresh fish in dishes like grilled moray eel and lobster pasta.

    Sijainti: Limenaria, 640 02, Thasos, Greece

    Aukioloajat: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm

    Puhelinnumero: +30 2593 052790

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