Blue skies and water frame white beaches and marble towns, olive groves and ancient sights, making up Thassos, one of thousands of tranquil little Greek islands. The charming little island is located just five miles (7 km) off the mainland in the Aegean Sea archipelago. Only 16,000 locals share their island with the tourists, and the visitors are few but happy. Like any proud Greek place Thassos has a founding legend involving a Phoenician prince called Thasos, his sister Europa, and his quest to find her after Zeus abducted her disguised as a bull. This mission ended abruptly when Thasos came to this island where all memories of his beloved sister must have been wiped clean by the beauty of the place as the young prince decided to abort the search and settle here.
The main town, called Limena, is situated on the northern shore and counts 2,000 inhabitants. Limena has an ancient Acropolis, resting on a hill above the old harbour. The historical site includes Pan’s altar, a Roman theatre, the Temple of Athena, and Jannis, a witty volunteer firefighter who likes to tell the stunned tourists all sorts of stories and legends revolving around this hill- all of which can be easily reached in your car hire. The town’s main source of income is the marble factory, just as it has been for hundreds of years. This is quite evident in the town architecture as well. A particularly atmospheric adventure is a trip to the Agora, a classic Greek market where you can purchase handmade crafts and fabrics, local delicacies, and fresh produce. Not far from here you can also visit the archeological museum, displaying relics from the 7th century B.C. to the 7th century A.D., to complete the historical tour of Limena. Exploring the island is easiest done by car hire as public transport is rather thin. Orientation is not too difficult, though, due to the small size of the island.
Chains of hills cross Thassos diagonally, offering plenty of hiking and mountain biking opportunities. The highest peak reaches roughly 4000 ft (1200 m). Tucked away in the hills you will find tranquil little farms, olive groves, and remote chapels, and on your hike you will meet the occasional shepherd and his sheep resting under a fig tree. In the centre of the Thassos you will find the island’s only lake, a secluded swimmer’s paradise. As it does not show on any of the island maps you will most likely be alone or joined only by a few locals. To discover the most beautiful beaches you can take a boat tour from Limena harbour, taking you around the island. Make sure you remember the most romantic little bays and beaches so you can then seek them out by hired car later on. The most popular beaches are to be found between Alyki and Kynira (Paradise Beach) and close to Skala Potamia (Golden Beach)- both of which can be easily reached in your cheap hire car.
CarDelMar wishes you a great stay and journey with car hire on Thassos.