Beaches on Thassos - description and how to get there
Limenas – city beach
City beach is quite decent. The water is clean and clear. There are sun beds and parasols along the beach, which you can use throughout the day for free if you order a drink in some of the restaurants. If you are not willing to pay, you can use a number of benches in the shade of trees, in the back of the beach, but also your towel and umbrella.
How to get there? It is situated in Limenas, next to the old port.
Small beach below the eponymous café. Above the beach is a blue-whitewashed church and earthy lane that leads to the pine forest and archaeological complexes. This beach has a rocky parts, ideal for jumping into the sea and a lot of empty bays, suitable for a secluded sunbathing, paddling and diving.
How to get there? A ten minute walk from the beach in Limenas towards cafes Karnagio on the walls.
Arranged complex next to the beach. Good for families with young children. The entrance to the complex in the season is charged 3e per person until 19h, and after that admission is free. The set of two deck chairs and a parasol costs 6e.
How to get there? It's located about 2km from Limenas. Driving on the main road that goes around the island, go to the left toward Panagia and Potamia, one kilometer after the turn from the highway to the left, and after 500m to the right, the path leads to Makryammos.
Marble (Saliara) & Vathi
Both beaches are with snow-white, marble gravel and turquoise blue sea.
How to get there? From Limenas move towards Makryammos complex. There is a ramp at the entrance to the complex. Prior the ramp you'll see a dirt road to the right that leads to the Saliara and Vathi beach. Take this road, which otherwise trucks hauling marble. Look at one kilometer an hour in the car, drive for 3,5km (some say 4,4km) without turning and you'll see the beach on the left side. The road is quite bad.
To Vathi beach continue on the same road, pass the bay where the ships are being loaded, and you'll find Vathi beach in the next bay.
Vournelis or Agios Vasilios beach
How to get there? It's in Limenas, behind the new harbor toward Tarsanas beach.
Tarsanas is a very small beach with a natural shade, luscious café, tavern and a diving board.
How to get there? From new port in Limenas turn go right on the main road toward Skala Rachoni and Prinos. After ten minutes of walking, on the way out of town, on a small hill, you'll come across the board that says Tarsanas beach. Through a flower arch, paved footpath next to the white villa with a beautiful courtyard, descend to the beach and through another flower arch you'll get onto it.
Beach with plenty of shade and space.
How to get there? It's located about 8km from Limenas to Skala Prinos.
Sand, narrow beach, with plenty of natural shade. Organized, with a restaurant in the hinterland.
How to get there? Papalimani beach is about 1,7km from the Nisteri beach, going from Limenas to Limenaria. There's a visible orange sign on the right side - Papalimani. Parking is next to the main road, in the shade of pine trees.
Beach of the eponymous hotel. Narrow, sandy, with a natural shade, deck chairs and umbrellas. With gravel at the entrance to the water, a large stone or two and a considerable number of urchins. After swimming over that part, there's a beautiful part with soft sand underfoot.
How to get there? The first bay after Papalimani beach, across the road in relation to Four Seasons hotel. Tag doesn't exist, nor the parking.
Beach of the hotel Glikadi. Nice, sandy, with sun beds and parasols. Entrance into the water in some parts is good, and in some with large pebbles.
How to get there? Its about 500m from the beach Four Season on the road Limenas-Prinos, across Glikadi Hotel. Parking space is available.
Long and wide, sandy beach.
How to get there? From Limenas take off to Pachis and Skala Prinos. 8km later, after all listed beaches (Tarsanas, Nisteri, Papalimani, Four Season and Glikadi), you'll come across this beach.
Excellently arranged posh sandy beach, with a bar and music in the background, large umbrellas and baldachins, gradual depth, it's made for resting and enjoyment.
How to get there? It's about 4km after Limenas toward Skala Prinos, right in front of Kohylia Hotel.**
Small beach, but unrealistically beautiful, with white sand and plenty of shade, with free deck chairs and a café where Coca-Cola last year was only 1e.
How to get there? Take off from Limenas to the west coast. After about 10km, you'll see the board for Loulouadis Hotel on the right side. Turn right there, and continue straight forward for another 100-200 meters, then turn right and continue (for another 500m). Follow the signs for Glifoneri tavern and you will arrive directly to the beach, not visible from the road.
Beautiful beach with a beautiful sea and lots of shade.
How to get there? Take off from Limenas to Skala Prinos and after 10-11 kilometers, before Skala Rachoni, you'll come across this beach. You'll see a nice marked turn to the right towards the sea - board Hotel Pachis Beach.
If you want to get to the part with a wooden diving board (on all photos of the beach), then DO NOT turn at the Hotel Pachis Beach board, but 50m after. On the right side of the road, you'll see the earthy part with parked cars. Turn there, park the car and continue on foot down the small path, till you get to the part of the beach with the aforementioned diving board. This part is less crowded than the rest of the beach, and there's also a shade. I suggest not to try the diving board, because it's very weathered and cranky.
The beautiful and long sandy beach with shade.
How to get there? Skala Rachoni is a small town located on the west side, 12,5km from Limenas southward.
Skala Prinos and Dasilio
Skala Prinos is surrounded by several long, sandy beaches, where the water is usually calm and extremely clean. And only a kilometer away, there is a small area Dasilio, named after the pine trees (dasos in Greek means forest). There's very beautiful sandy beach in Dasilio, with a few beautiful and luxurious hotels located along it.
How to get there? In Skala Prinos and 1km from the left of the port.
Every morning the water is phenomenal and crystal clear, it's a must see. Each afternoon and evening, waves are carrying (really little) grass on the surface of the water, but the water is still OK.
How to get there? City beach in Skala Sotiros.
Typical beaches in a small village on the island. Not urban and without a crowd. Sandy, with calm and clear water.
How to get there? They are located in the center and around Skala Kallirachi.
In the center of Skala Maries there's a small, pebble beach with crystal clear water and rocks in the water, never crowded. Next to the beach there are several restaurants, with excellent fish dishes.
How to get there? It's located in the center of Skala Maries.
The beautiful sandy beach with gradual depth.
How to get there? It's located at the entrance to Skala Maries from the direction of Skala Prinos.
Atspas (Sugar Beach)
This beach is very beautiful, if it's not crowded, like in June and September. The sea is crystal clear and shoal is very long. There are umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent, a volleyball net, and cars can be parked next to the beach. Given that the atmosphere on this beach is somehow always pleasant, people easily get in contact with each other, and a good company for volleyball is quickly found. On the surrounding rocks there are octopuses, and in the water you can find starfish.
How to get there? This beach is at the exit of Skala Maries, toward Limenaria, on the right side, below the main road.
Wild bays after Skala Maries
The long, almost deserted, sandy beach with stones in water, made from several coves.
How to get there? Arriving from Limenas, after Skala Maries, turn at the sign for the Ancient Pottery Factory. When this road brings you to the gates of a yard (with a bunch of rubble and some barrels), and when you think that there's no more road, get closer and you'll see the way between the fence and a scrub on the left side. Get around the estate and after a few hundred meters you'll come across the Ancient Pottery Factory. Go around it from the lower side (there's a slightly steeper part), leave the car there and go down to the rocks that gently descends toward the sea, and that'll take you to the bay-the beach.
The beach is gravelly, with fine gravel and stone slabs in the water. Entry into the water is excellent on the right side, and pretty rocky on the left. It's great for diving, with shells in the water and on the beach, while the showers are located within Blue Palace Hotel. In the hinterland of the beach there's a large hotel with a pool, as well as few small hotels, restaurants and parking. On the beach to the right, there is a concrete pier-diving board. Also, there's a big hollow rock with a passage in the middle. Whoever swims through the passage, encounters a small and beautiful bay, invisible from the mainland.
How to get there? This beach is located at 1,5km before Limenaria, from the direction of Skala Prinos. From the highway, turn right on a narrow path that leads to a large parking lot and the beach.
Sandy beach in Limenaria, from Tripiti toward the city, several kilometers long. In some parts it's OK for swimming, and in some has a lot of rocks and sea urchins in the water.
How to get there? At the entrance to Limenaria, exactly at the factory Iris Gold, turn right and drive toward the sea, and then go left along the beach toward the center.
Limenarija - city beach
Small beach in the center, between the promenade and harbor. Sandy. There are umbrellas, deck chairs, changing rooms and showers. It's bad, but it could be used. On the west side of Limenaria, the beach is 2km long, with sandy and rocky parts.
How to get there? Center of Limenaria.
Decent beach, the water is clean, but all along the shoal there're slippery stone slabs, so the entry into the water is very inconvenient, except in the far left side toward Pefkari. There are no trees that would replace the umbrella. There is a small cafe and the ice cream fridge.
How to get there? 1km (as the crow flies) toward Potos, from Limenaria port, by concrete steps to the top of the hill where Palataki (yellow castle above Limenaria) is at, then down the trail, next to an abandoned mine, is Metalia beach. Although it seems to be close, just on the other side of the hill, you shouldn't rust to it. You'll get fairly tired until you reach the hill, and walk a hundred steps up, and then back down the trail.
If you go by car, take the main road from Limenaria toward Potos. Pass the church at the exit of Limenaria, Palataki will remain on the distance from the right side, drive on for about 600 meters, then turn right onto a narrow lane that goes down to the Metalia beach. This path is actually obliquely returning you back towards Limenaria, until finally it gets you down to the beach hinterland. There is a clearing, reddish sand, in front of the abandoned buildings of the old mine, where all visitors park their means of transport.
The first bay has been awarded the Blue Flag in a season 2006. Its length is about 200m. Closer to the hotel there's a broader part of fine white sand, which gradually turns into gravel. The gravel is also in the water, along the shoal, with a flat rock here and there. The water is always clear and transparent, because there's no sand in the shoal. The depth gradually increases, and a few meters from the shore the depth is more than two meters, so there's no nasty walking through the shoal toward depth suitable for swimming. On the fringes of the bay there are rocky parts, with a hedgehog or two, so be advised. In the background of this beach there are restaurants, hotels and showers, and sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, as well as the diving center and the center for water sports Albatros.
In the second bay toward Potos, there's an international camp, and after it there's Alexandra Beach Hotel. The beach in front of the camp is beautiful and with transparent water. As you go toward Alexandra Beach Hotel, the beach is getting worse, and the water is muddier. In this part there's neither sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, nor showers and changing rooms (except in front of the Alexandra Beach Hotel).
How to get there? From Limenaria, 800m pre Potos.
Potos – city beach
Its length is about 300m. It's mostly there crowded, especially in the season. Full of sun loungers and parasols from cafes in the background (not charged, but used with a drink). Water is sometimes transparent, sometimes not, sometimes is still and sometimes with ripples.
How to get there? The Center of Potos – café zone.
San Antonio (Breeze)
Sandy beach with long shoal and very fine sand.
How to get there? The beach is in the extension of city beach in Potos toward Aliki.
Without the crowd. It has a nice shade under the pine trees, a part with the rocks, and classic sandy area with lounge chairs.
How to get there? The beach is at 2km southeast of Potos. Located just before Notos beach, that can be reached over the rocks. A large five-star hotel complex Royal Paradise was built there recently.
Notos (South Beach)
The beach is small and pretty, with deck chairs and parasols for rent and nothing more. The water is turquoise blue, the sand is fine, you can see shells and crabs in the water and across the sea magnificent Atos. At some point, a man comes down from the hill to charge deck chairs and umbrellas usage, and brings cooked corn, donuts and cold drinks. Often he's hidden behind pine trees on the top of a hill, and captures who uses deck chairs and parasols. That's not fair, because there's no price or even notice that the usage of the beach equipment is charged, so the people visiting this beach for the first time may think that is free of charge.
How to get there? This bay (visible from the road) is located on 2,5km from the church in Potos, 50m after turning for Roso Gremos beach. There's a lot of parked cars, as well as the sign sign with the inscription Notos - South beach, so you can't be wrong. A path to the beach (30 meters down the hill) is poor, steep, earthy and with a lot of stones. Be careful!