Restaurants/ Tavernas in Golden Beach: Thassos
Restaurants Tavernas we have eaten at in Golden Beach Thassos
Sotiris Taverna. Lovely setting right on the beach, great to watch the sunset. very authentic and the meal are cheaper than many other local tavernas. Our Top choice.
Federas Taverna; a bit large an commercial you could be anywhere but a much wider choice on the menu, something for everyone. The food was good but the service was somewhat lacking.
Pefka Taverna: Very average but the live music nights give some atmosphere.
La Terrasse Restaurant on the roof of the Enavilon Hotel; The most upmarket place to eat in the locality. Not very Greek more international. More expensive than other places but good for a special evening. service is top rate.
Cava Doro Taverna; On the beach. wonderful for light meals and snacks at lunchtime. Also pleasant for a drink in the evening.
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Restaurants/ Tavernas in Skala Potamias
Restaurants/Tavernas worth eating at when in Skala Potamias in Thassos
Captains Fish Taverna; On the waterfront. Very good fish and the house speciality of a Lamb Hotpot; Prices are reasonable. Service is friendly.
Akrogialia Taverna; A picture Postcard typical Greek taverna. Family run. All the traditional Greek dishes. wonderful. good for a romantic evening
Nautilus Taverna. Certainly worth visiting nice food and you are made to feel welcome.
Magic Coast Taverna; great spit roast. the lamb is to die for. Friendly staff and cheap house red wine from the barrel
Alkoyni Taverna; Quiet> nice if you ant a relaxing evening without too many other people. Food was excellent.
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Skala Marion... it located on the south west part of the island. There are 3 beaches, one before the village, one in the village and the third one after the village towards Limenaria. The third one is the best for me. That one is on the pic. Water is crystal clear, no algae, but it is not touristy at all, no public shower. If you prefer natural to organized beaches this is the one for you.
Beach:Panagia - Chrissi Ammoudia
Chrissi Ammoudia has great clear blue water and waves. I liked it very much, the water was warm that you don't even realize you are going in the water. It is better in the morning I think, cause sun sets on the other side of the island and you have less time to swim, and the sea color is better :) Beach is very long and it is being shared between two villages Panagia and Potamia, and the whole beach is called Golden beach. I didn't like so much Potoamia part of the beach, the sand is wet somehow LOL I recommend Chrissi Ammoudia part of the Golden beach that belongs to Panagia village.
One of the more popular beaches on Thassos Island is Aliki Beach. Even if I liked more the Paradise Beach, Aliki is wonderful for everybody: children, people that can't swim, snorklers etc.
The water is extremely clear and I have seen people swimming far away in the bay with snorkeling and scuba diving equipment.
The access to the beach is a bit tricky as most cars park in the main road and descend for about 5 minutes through different pathways. There is also a way down for the cars but the parking spaces near the beach are very few and you may have trouble finding a parking spot.
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As there is only one main road that just follows the coastline of Thassos be sure to explore it all. The road is in excellent condition, very well maintained. You shall be rewarded with gorgeus views after coursing through forests of pinetrees.
The only portion I have missed unfortunately is the one between Panagia and Limenas which seemed to be the most beautiful drive but probably the hardest as well.
My experience of Thassos dictates that driving is a must especially if you visit the island for the first time!
Driving all-round Thassos should not take more than 2-3 hours with stops for taking photos.
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Even if I am usually a total avoider of places called Sunny Beach, Golden Beach, Paradise Beach etc this is the first time I have actually found a beautiful place under such a common and cheap name. If you ask me this is maybe the best beach in Thassos excepting the days when tons of algae are brought to the sea shore by the waves.
The sandy sea bottom is very low for a long time and there are amazing waves most of the time. The water is also very clear despite of the aggitated sea.
There is only a beautiful taverna with excellent food obviously called "Paradise Bar". Definetely worth a stop. Next to the tavern there is a Beach Volleyball field.
Access to the beach is moderately difficult with or without a car since you have to descend a few hundred meters on a sandy and rocky road. The carpark below can get very crowded in weekends, much better on weekdays.
Do not be afraid of the steep access, just drive slow while descending and a bit faster in the first gear while returning as wheels can skid on the sand.
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It is among the most quiet areas of Thassos and the natural beauty of it is breath-taking. Just off the coast is Kinira island, which greatly adds to the beauty of this side of Thassos.
Kinira has a rich history that dates back to the Phoenicians. Kinira was known throughout time as “Aenyra” and “Coenyra”. It is now known as “Loutrou” by the locals.
It has a long beach along the coast of the village that is made up of mostly smooth rock and sand. Going for a swim here will cause you to stop and gaze at the remarkable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Kinira island.
The Village of Panagia
Panagia is the Greek Orthodox name for The Virgin Mary. So it got its name after the church of the village. Panagia became the island's capital right after the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Turks.
There are springs of crystalline water that run down the mountain and and are guided through the village by canals that captivate anyone who sees them. The water is very cold and very clean, perfect for soothing your thirst on a hot Summer day. The fountains are musical and are surrounded by traditional houses with roofs made of slate, or thin gray rock, abundant on Thassos. The architectural style of buildings here is far different from all the rest of the towns and villages on Thassos.
The Fishermen's Port at Skala Potamia
Skala Potamia is very touristy. It offers a variety of restaurants, tavernas, snack bars, cafes, night clubs, etc. The port is a nice area to walk to and the views you can find are incredible. A perfect mix of mountains, sun and sea is what you will find here.
It is a place not to be missed. (See photos)
Limenaria is located on the Southwest coast of the island facing the majestic Mt. Athos across the sea. It forms a community together with the neighboring village of Kalivia.
It is another popular and highly touristy town. It is actually the biggest town of the island.
The long promenade of Limenaria is lined with taverns, cafes, bars and shops.
The atmosphere is lively in this town, and your visit is a must here.
Visit POTAMIA Village
Visit the village of Potamia which is located south-east of Limenas, a few kms south of Panagia. It is built on the slopes of the tallest mountain of Thassos called Hypsarion. It offers a panoramic view.
Potamia is a popular village surrounded by dense vegetation, and the houses are mostly old with stoned walls and wooden roofs.
There are many taverns, cafes and rooms for rent.
Many tourists drive here for a change, instead of having lunch or dinner at a beach tavern.
Limenas or " Thassos " the capital of the island
Limenas has another name. It is called “Thassos” and it is the capital and the main port of the island.
It is located in the north east cost, and it is a commercial centre with many hotels, restaurants shops, post office and banks. The ancient marketplace is quite interesting.
The city possesses some archaeological sights which are very interesting and worth seeing. This includes the ancient walls, the Acropolis, theatre, the Temple of Apollo and a number of others.
I don’t recommend staying in Limenas unless you don’t have a private car to drive to other more beautiful villages.
The Monastery of Archangelos Michail
It is the biggest and most famous monastery of Thassos built in the 18th century.
The Monastery has preserved a collection of religious articles and works created by the monks. The most valuable of them is a part of the Holy Nail from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As part of religious celebration, every year, on the first Tuesday after Easter, the Monastery conducts a procession that starts at a small village of Theologos. During the procession, they carry the Holy Nail back to the convent.
The Monastery of Archangel Michael, is exclusively female, and it is built on the edge of a cliff.
It gives a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea. The nuns are highly hospitable. The Monastery insists that the visitors dress up according to their rules that is long trousers for men and long skirts and tops with covered shoulders for women.
However by the entrance there is a room with long (skirts) and pieces of cloth that women who wear shorts can put on when entering the Monastery.
The village stands at 220 metres above sea level in the mountains of Thasos. This beautiful unique and picturesque mountain village is located almost at the heart of Thassos, with a population of about 2000 inhabitants. It retains the tradition and culture of the past.
It is a must visit if you come to Thasos and you will get the feeling that you have stepped back into time and experience Greek culture at its finest.
During the summer months the majority of the local people work in tourism while in winter they are busy harvesting their olives, making wine, ouzo, tsipouro, james, sweets, honey, and jellies. They also produce hand crafted goods and fishing.