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THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF THASOS

The Island of Thassos is a real treasure for the country of Greece!
Unlike the rest of the Greek islands, the Island of Thassos has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches and water. It truly retains all the Greek culture and tradition that has generally been lost on most of the Greek Islands, as they have become tourist centers that now cater to the many tourists of multi nationalities. Thassos also has a rich history and archeological sites scattered through out the island. You can combine amusement with archaeological interests. Kavala was a colony of the Thassians. On the island one can still see monuments remaining since its glorious days from the past, such as the walls of the fortress of the ancient city, the temple of Pythian Apollo and the sanctuary of Dionysus with its choragic monument.
Thassos is the most fertile island in the Aegean Sea. It produces cereals, legumes, fruit, honey and wine. In the coastal areas olives are cultivated.

WHY CHOOSING THE ISLAND OF THASOS

An important reason for choosing Thassos for your holidays is the fact that it is the only island that lies close enough to mainland Greece to allow you to take excursions to many other archeological sites and beautiful cities that are spread throughout Northern Greece (Macedonia).
Thassos is the most remote northern island of the Thracian Sea, lying in a 7 to 8-mile distance opposite the coastline of Eastern Macedonia, very close to the Keramoti Bay and the estuary of the Nestos River (Northern latitude 40’40’, Eastern Longitude 24’40’).

THE MARBLE QUARRIES OF THASOS

Its surface is as large as 393 km and has a population near 13,111 people. It is one of the provinces of Kavala Region, comprising, in terms of administration, 1 municipality (Municipality of Thassos) and 9 communities.
Thassos is mountainous as well as rocky, and is covered by thick forests of pine trees, fir trees, oak trees, and plane trees. Its forests occupy approximately the 9\10 of the island’s surface, while olive groves thrive all along its coastline. The timber is always in demand for shipbuilding.
Thassos has an abundant supply of minerals. Copper in the districts of Astris, Thimonia and Theologos; lead, silver and zinc in Limenaria; iron in the district of Kallirachi. The famous mines of Thassos, as well as the famous shipbuilding timber gave rise to the brilliant development, glamour and progress during antiquity. The marble quarries of Thassos have always been famous. The all white marble of Thassos was famous during antiquity and remains so even today, as it is suitable for the construction of statues as well as majestic mansions. Thasian marble was used during the times of the Byzantine Empire for the erection of Saint Sofia’s church in Constantinople.
All this wealth attract the Phoenicians, that were the first residents of the island.The marble quarries of Thassos have always been famous. The all white marble of Thassos was famous during antiquity and remains so even today, as it is suitable for the construction of statues as well as majestic mansions. Thasian marble was used during the times of the Byzantine Empire for the erection of Saint Sofia’s church in Constantinople.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:UNBEATABLE BEACHES WITH RICH VEGETATION
  • Cons:ONLY GOOD WORDS FOR THIS ISLAND.
  • In a nutshell:UNBELIEVABLE BEACHES, AND PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
  • Last visit to Thasos Island: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 14, 2010
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