One of the most exciting things we had done on Thassos was to go to the Gyola, a natural swimming pool. It is created by the sea and it is a big pool in the rocks near the sea, It was very difficult to find because there are no signs for it and it was very useful that I found the directions on the internet. It can be considered hiking combined with beach activity so I write it here to others...After you get ngry going for some time in dust and heat you climb a bit the hills and then get down to the sea on some rocky hills your eyes are delighted at the view of this Gyola,a green water pool, near the sea. I wanted to take a swim but I was afraid because it was late, nobody was swimming there and I saw some water hedgehogs.But the trip worthies the effort.So I highly recommend it to those who want to discover the island.
Equipment: Good shoes for hiking and climbing, the car cannot take you directly to the pool but if you want you can leave the car to the stone houses at the top when you have to get down to the sea and pool.
Potos beach is in the southern part of the island. This beach starts from the centre of the village and extends to about 2 kilometers. Potos beach attracts many visitors every year and it has a lot to offer since it is right in the village.
There are bars and restaurants and many souvenir shops in the area, and villagers sell fresh fruit on benches.
The beach in the centre of the village is really picturesque, while if you go out of the village the beach expands out to about 2 kilometers. You will see many cars parked one next to the other under the shade of trees.
I recommend that if you have children prefer the central beach. It is much better and more beautiful.
In Thassos you can find amazing scenery as the island combines mountain and sea and is rich in greenery.
There are so many organised ones with umbrellas, sunbeds, beach bars and taverrnas by them and also many private, secluded or if you prefer "hidden" ones that can offer a truly unique pleasure.
The sea is so clean and crystal clear that makes you feel that you are swimming in a swimming pool.
Equipment: Carry with you your snorkel, mask, flippers and umbrella and get to one of these beaches.
Prepare some sandwiches or a snack and much fruit and enjoy your day out.
If you are on a budget and can't afford to pay for a hotel, there is the alternative of going to a campsite.
One of them is Dedalos:
In Dedalos you will find: (94 spaces for tents and caravans). A bar a Restaurant and a mini market can be found in this campsite.
It is an ideal camping not only for families but also for people travelling around the Greek islands. Bring along your tent and enjoy the greek unspoiled environment of Thassos.
Greek nights with live music and Greek dancing.
Equipment: Take along your tent, and goodwill and it will be fun.
The beach is nice there.
Thassos Horse Club activities involve horse riding, and the staff have a ten-year experience and studies on horse carriage driving.
1-7 people per hour can be excorted to fantastic mountainous and seaside places. They may also be escorted by a jeep on the way
When you visit the Horse Club, you can ride a horse on you own or escorted by a professional guide (rider) even if you have knowledge on horse riding or not.
The routes depend on your knowledge on horse riding.
Lilos are readily available at the little beach kiosks, generally run by hotel owners. They are about 3 euros each. Dont pay any more for them! Towels are about 2 euros each. They are thin and not great quailty, but okay for a few days at the beach.
The shop owners score, as more often than not the holiday-makers return the lilos to them, as they cant take them home on the plane with them, and the shop keeper then sells them second-hand. The demand for them is high as the sea is so suited to them here!
We had a couple of windy days at the beach (which was unusual for September), but most days were fine and still, and the sea was as flat as a lake... perfect for clambering onto a lilo and going to sleep!
One lady did this and drifted off for quite a way, but the tide was gentle and wasnt going out to sea so she was fine.
We were a bit perplexed as to the goings-on at this little wooden structure. Right over the road from our hotel, we could see the comings and goings of it...
We then realised that it has a DUAL purpose!
Equipment: (1) It is used as a life savers tower to look out over the beach... but to be honest, the chap who sat in it had his back to the beach mostly, and was often sitting down reading, not even being able to see the beach...
(2) It is used to accommodate the Skala Potamia fire engine! Thankfully we never got to see this in action! lol