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As one of the larger Greek islands, it is absolutely worth a visit during your holidays at Kairos Garden. If you have a car you can easily go on a day trip, but without one you´ll have to count on spending the night.
The road follows the coastline around the island – driving non-stop it´ll take you an hour to get around, but you´ll definitely will want to take many breaks!
If you have a car, the easiest way to get to Thassos is to drive from Eleftheres, taking the Egnatia highway, to the village of Keramoti (near the airport of Chrysoupolis). There are ferries more or less continuously and the crossing to Limena, the capital of Thassos, only takes half an hour.
If you don´t have a car you can take the bus to Kavala and then the ferry over to Prinos, which takes one hour and fifteen minutes. From Prinos, which is a small village, there are bus to other places on the island. Or rent a car or scooter to get around.
Traditionally, the thassites, lived in villages or settlements in the mountains (highest peak is approximately 1200 meters), while they had a small harbors, called skala for their fishing boats. Now these seaside settlements have grown to big villages, but kept the old name. So you´ll find Kalirachi (in the mountain) and Skala Kalarachi (by the sea), Maries and Skala Maries etc.
Visiting these mountain villages on your trip is mandatory. I´ll especially recommend Kazaviti (and if you get hungry here try the fantastic fasoulada, bean soup, at the taverna on your right hand side when you face the old village square), Theologos and Kastro. In Theologos you might want to eat goat at the Yiatro restaurant (on your right hand side when you arrive at the village).
On your trip around the island also make sure you stop at Aliki. This pine clad peninsula has a marble white fine sand beach with turquoise waters on the one side and the marble ruins of the ruins of an ancient salt quarry on the other side. A walk around this stunning place is absolutely recommended. The colors are so bright and strong you hardly believe they are real.
Next stop would be the monastery of Archangel Michael. Build into the steep rocks on the southern side of the island, this beautiful monastery also offers stunning views to the ocean.
There are two “towns” in this island – Limena, the capital, on the north side on the island and Limenaria, south east (names meaning port and small port). For many years, before moving to Eleftheres, we spent our holidays in Limenaria, so I have many warm memories from this place. Here are a few nice shops and restaurants – try Panayiotis taverna at far end of the village (when facing the sea, turn right, pass the beach side promenade with all the hotels until you get out of the village and to the beach). Also, George´s place on the very end of the main pedestrian street, up some stairs to the terrace, has good food.
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