It’s the perfect time to plan summer vacations now. The mood is right, there are lots of offers and there’s not much left until you actually get to go. And as always, I dream of Thassos.
This year we’ll probably not go there, because we have some other options on our mind. Still, for those of you who want to go to Thassos, I am thinking this might come in handy.
We usually spend 7 – 10 days on our summer vacation. During this time, almost always there is a cloudy day, or a very hot one, when staying at the beach doesn’t seem too appealing. For this kind of days, I wanted to put together a list of things you can do. I can’t say that we tried everything, by far. I’m pretty lazy and my boyfriend wants to spend as much time possible in the water.
Still, on a few occasion we got to explore the island and here’s what I loved.
1. Archangel Michael’s Monastery
Perked on a cliff, close to Aliki beach, sits the Archangel Michael’s Monastery. Even from outside its walls you get a glimpse of the beauty inside. So after passing by it once too many times, I wanted to go in.
I loved the architecture, the brick walls, and the vegetation. But most of all I loved the peace that you can feel in a place like this. And the amazing view over the sea. Of course, we had to take a few things from the shop for our parents and my grandmothers. So overall, I’d say this place is one of the things you must see on the island.
There are a few other beautiful churches around the island that you can stop by. But religious or not, I would say Archangel Michael’s Monastery is the one you have to see for it’s serenity and beautiful views.
2. Shopping in Potos and Limenaria
They’re very close one to another, so while you’re at it, you could see both. Potos is probably the second biggest village on the island, after Limenas. With lots of shops, beach bars and some good places to eat, you’ll definitely be able to spend some hours there.
I like to take a look at the shops around, but most of all I love the bakery in the center. I wrote about it before, but if you’re in Potos you must taste the Politikos cake at Gkoumas. It’s the best thing ever! And I always love to go back to a spice shop called Elixirion. We always get oregano, smoked paprika and baked potatoes mix there.
Limenaria is a smaller village, but just as beautiful. I love the architecture there, I feel it keeps a lot of the traditional Greek style I like so much. And there’s a great Greek restaurant I wrote about in the article I linked above, where I had the best fried calamari ever.
One of my favorite places to visit in Thassos is Panagia. Probably the most popular mountain village on the island, Panagia offers a lot for a day trip. Last time we were on an island we stopped for dinner here before even checking in at our hotel 🙂 Dinner and some cakes of course. Panagia has a great pastry shop where we usually leave more money than on dinner.
There some good tavernas, some local shops where you’ll find herbs, sweets and olive oil and a small park where lovers go to share a kiss on the Kissing Bridge. But the best part of Panagia for me is the white, blue and pink house that is the home of my dreams. I was fascinated by it ever since I first saw it and I always go back for an extra photo.
This mountain village is another gem of the island. With traditional Greek houses all over the place, it’s such a great stroll. There’s a place to photograph at every corner and I heard they have the best roasted lamb there. I’ve never tried – I don’t know how I missed that.
However be careful at the Greek Nights organized here. Taverna Avgoustos advertizes their Greek Nights all over the island bet they are such a huge fiasco. The food is not the best and entertainment is very dated. Go to any taverna with live music that you fancy and you’ll have a better time there.
5. Aliki Beach Archeological Site
If you need a break from the beach and you’re at Aliki look no further then the rocky path up the shady pine hills. If you follow that path you will first get to a point where you can take in the incredible view of the tides breaking into the cliffs. Continue down the road and you will get to an archeological site that leads to the second and smaller Aliki beach.
I am always fascinated by the archeological discoveries that stood the test of time. Especially dating so far back as to Ancient Greece. Can you imagine the scenes that took place there? I sure can think of some many things probably influenced too much by what I’ve seen on TV.
However, these are not the only things you can do in Thassos, besides the obvious ones: swimming and sunbathing. There are a lot of activities to be done and places to be discovered, you just have to find the strength to leave the dreamy beaches or pray for a cloudy day to motivate you.