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Thasos is one of the most
beautiful islands of Greece, combining sea and mountains with
pine forest and olive groves. The ideal combination of blue like
its clear water and green like its forest. The excellent beaches
(the most famous is golden beach)
with crystal clear water, the remote tiny bays, the picturesque
villages and the busy night life make Thasos an ideal and
popular resort. Thasos is the Northern island of the Aegean sea
and is situated close the mainland. Its nearest point is 6 miles
from the mouth of the Nestos, about 13 mile from Kavala and it
thus faces the boundary between Macedonia and Thrace.
Politically the island forms an eparchy of the
Macedonian Nome of Kavala. Its area is 399 sq. km; almost
circular in shape, it has a length from N to S of c 24km and a
width of c 19km. Its highest point is Mt. Hypsarion (1142m),
nearly in the centre. The mountain sides are covered with
forests, pines, planes, and chestnut trees predominating; the
timber has always been in demand for shipbuilding.
The population of ca. 18,000 is distributed between the capital
Limenas and 11 other villages. In the coastal areas olives are
cultivated. The road which encircles the island is sufficient.
There is good water in the island. The marble quarries of Thasos
have always been famous; the gold mines earned in antiquity for
the island the epithet of 'golden'.
Access and transportation
Ferryboats connect the island with
Kavala (1 hr) and with Keramoti (30 min). There is daily
connection by ferry boat between Kavala - Thassos (17
miles). Kavala - Prinos (13 miles.) Keramoti - Thassos (6
miles.). information 00302593022106, the Kavala Port Authority,
0030 2510224967, 0030 2510223716 or the harbor office at Keramoti.
The island has no airport, but is served
by the International Airport of Kavala. From this Airport
there are flights to and from Athens (50 min) daily. There
also are flights and charters to and from important European
cities, several times a week. The airport is 13 km from Keramoti, where the ferryboats assure the connection with
the capital of the island (30 min).
Transport on the Island Daily buses via
Panagia and Prinos serve all the coastal villages. The 100
kilometer long road network is in good condition. Cars and
motor bikes are available for hire on the island.