Thassos is the most northerly Greek holiday island in the Aegean group and lies just off the Macedonian coast of mainland Greece.
Fabulously wealthy in ancient times thanks to large deposits of gold and marble, Thassos nowadays lies outside the top league of Greek holiday islands but it still has as much to offer the visitor, with some great beaches and very fine holiday resorts.
One of the biggest advantages of Thassos as a beach holiday destination is an excellent road that rings the island, providing easy access to the sandy beaches that dot the attractive coastline. Side roads lead inland to many charming hill villages and extensive woodland.
Marble quarries still mar some parts of the island and forest fire damage is still evident in the south, but green pine trees carpet most of Thassos and lead to its being rightly dubbed the 'Emerald Isle'.
Slightly off the main tourist trail, Thassos has escaped the notice of many package holiday firms but the island is very easy to reach from the mainland airport at Kavala.
One of the most northerly of the Greek islands, Thassos escapes the wild blast of the meltemi wind in July and August. The flip side can be hot and sticky weather at the height of summer, and occasional rain.
Although some Thassos beaches have been tarted with lorry loads of sand much remains authentic and charming. The island is small enough for any resort to be easily reached and Thassos beaches are rarely crowded. The interior hills are cloaked in pine and criss-crossed with paths, making this a good island for walkers.
Thassos has some very impressive beaches, with the best in the south and east. While some, like Limenaria, are unmemorable, others like Paradiso and Alyki are quite breathtaking. There are also many delightful coves to be found off the beaten track.
SOURCE: Greek Island