Thassos (or Thasos) is a small, less traveled island, near the Northern coast of Greece. Thassos is surrounded by the crystal clear, blue waters of the Aegean Sea and as its a less known Greek island it has kept its Authenticity.
Even though Thasos is a very small island (apparently it only takes 2 hours in a car to go around the whole island!) there are lots of different locations to stay. We stayed in a hotel which was a 10 minute drive out of Thasos town, in Skala Rachoniou (or Skala Rahoni as it is known).
Skala Rachoniou, which is on the northwest corner, is a very quiet, traditional part of the island surrounded by lots of pine trees and Olive groves, which makes for a beautiful setting.
We stayed at the adults only Louloudis Boutique Hotel, set within an Olive Grove. The Louloudis Hotel had a lovely, quiet swimming pool which overlooked the Aegean sea and was only a 5 minute walk to the main beach called ‘Pachis’ where the hotel had its own snack bar and sun loungers to use (you just needed to buy a drink from the bar).
Pachis beach was beautiful and again, very quiet (we went during May half term) and like the hotel, surrounded by Pine trees which provided some nice shade. However, we discovered a even nicer beach on the second day (again only 5 minutes away from the hotel, in the other direction) called ‘Glyfoneri’; this was a small cove surrounded by rocks which were full of fish and great for snorkeling.
During our stay at the hotel, we went half board, which I’m thankful for as the hotel was very secluded. This is something to bare in mind if you were not to have breakfast/dinner included, as it’s about a 10 minute taxi ride away to the nearest restaurant in Thasos Town, which we did do a couple of nights for a change of scenery (it cost about 12 Euro each way).
The food was served buffet style both morning and evening, with a different choice each night. There was also a ‘A la Carte’ Menu at the hotel, where they offered table service and a choice of meal from a menu. We did have the ‘A la Carte’ menu once just to try it, but the buffet food was equally as good as they served a range of authentic greek food such as Moussaka and Souvlaki.
Thassos town or ‘Limenas’ (meaning the port) was lovely. It was what I expected a traditional Greek island to look like, with lots of authentic Greek restaurants and the local fishermen just relaxing playing cards near their boats.
Thassos town also had a more modern section about a 2 minute walk from the port, where they had all the little trinket shops, but even though it was a more modern section of the town it definitely wasn’t tacky!
As we only visited Thassos for a week, we mainly just spent the days relaxing at the beach and didn’t partake on any trips (there where some available- just not for us!). I would say if you were going for any longer than a week, you would probably need to hire a car. You may get a little bit bored and want to see the rest of the island and according to our Travel rep, the buses are very unreliable and the timetables changed weekly – so watch out for that!
Overall, I would 100% recommend Thassos, especially the Louloudis Boutique Hotel, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday with all the charm of authentic Greece!
Let me know if you have visited any Greek Islands, I am always looking for recommendations for my next travels…