WHILE WALKING AROUND THE BACK ROADS AND STREETS OF THASSOS TOWN,I CAME ACROSS A SMALL CEMETARY,AND DESIDED TO WALK THROUGH IT AS IT LOOKED VERY PEACEFUL,AND AS I WAS I NOTICED A LONE COLUMN STANDING NEXT TO A WALL,I TOOK A PICTURE OF IT BUT AS YET CANT FIND ANY INFORMATION ON IT,MAYBE SOMEONE CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ON IT.
The bays and beaches of ALYKI,are to be found some 25 mls/31 klm south from THASSOS town. The peninsula forms two bays,the most popular is the south bay,with its more shelted beach and tavernas,the other the north contains the remains of two early chrisitian churches and is much quiter. There is a well laid out path to this, found on the track to the rear of the tavernas that will take you there.
The seaward side[ EAST] of the peninsula of ALYKI,there to explore is they ancient marble quarrys.
Returning to the southside of the bay,there is to be found a small rock cave,inside is a charming little religious place of worship,aprox 200mts from the tavernas
For those who visit ALYKI just for sand sea and relaxing,there are four restaurant/tavernas to cater for your needs,Hope this helps my fellow travellers .
The walls and some of the gates around THASSOS/LIMENAS.Guides will inform you of various parts of the ancient walls and gates,finding them is a different thing.The standed of care that is given to some of the ancient monuments in thassos,in the last few years is very poor this now meens some of them are very hard to see.The following pictures show them as they are now,it is not a complete list of the sites ,all were taken in may 2012.I HAVE MORE TRAVEL PAGES ON THASSOS THANKS.
Kazaviti is one of the most picturesque villages in Thassos, built on a hill side above a valley. The stone made houses are beautiful and having a drink in the square under the shadow of the trees is a real joy.
How to come here:
Follow the left road at the junction of the village Prinos.
After 4 kms you come to the first Kazaviti. (Mikros Prinos)
500 metres further is the Megalo Kazaviti.
The beach of Alyki is found 31 km south of Limenas.
It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches on Thassos. It is surrounded by pine and olive trees creating a superb and unique scenery.
Crystal turquoise waters and white sands attracts many people during the peak season.
As Thassos produces the purest marble in the world, the stones and pebbles and rocks are often very marbly (is that a word?) and white. We found some stunning pebbles, that were pure white in colour, plus as smooth as a baby's bum, having had the waves of the sea erode it's surface.
We also found some superb shells. The best we have ever found thus far have been in South Africa, on the beaches there, and Thassos is next best. Of course, we have still to visit tons of beaches in the world... :)
The best place to search for these shells is at the water's edge. They all seem to collect there. Be careful when walking into the sea though, as the shells and pebbles can be quite sharp!
The only way on Thasos to get "off the beaten path" is to go inland. Since the island is very steep and mountaneous, most of its habitation is at the coast.
All the mountain villages are really worth visiting. Life seems pretty untouched by tourism here. The villages are built into the mountains, one house on top of the other, there are old beautiful buildings, lovely churches etc. An old priest crossing the road, a child playing ball, a cat jumping on a tree - that seems to be the only kind of action you find here. It is very quiet!
THE QUARRYS OF ALIKI,ARE TO BE SEEN ON THE PENINSULA THAT FACES SOUTH AND EAST,IN THE FOLLOWING PAGE I WILL TRY AND SHOW SOME OF THE WORKINGS OF THIS ANCIENT SITE.