Metalia - romantic beach in Limenaria in Thassos Island
Metalia is a pebble beach outside the center of Limenaria, and below the Palataki building, which represents the symbol of Limenaria. This building can be seen from all sides, it looks like an old castle and was once the administrative building of the German company Speidel, which exploited the iron ore of Thasos during the Second World War. It was built in 1903, and the German company withdrew in 1963.
Palataki is located 5 minutes walk from the port of Limenaria. It is surrounded by pine trees and it’s really beautiful for a walk. In front of the Palataki, in the shade of pines, there are benches where you can rest and take a look at Limenaria. Panorama is breathtaking. The most beautiful photos of Limenaria are made from that place. Left of Palataki is a church dedicated to St. Nicholas. It was built by fishermen because of the belief that St. Nicholas is the patron of sailors. It was built on the hill so that St. Nicolas can look at them.
Just after Palataki steep path is leading to the beach Metalia. This provides a beautiful view of the sea, and for me it’s one of the places with the most beautiful view of Thassos. Here you can see the remains of the old mine, and all that part around Metalia is reminiscent of an old city.
The area around Metalia is protected and thus not allowed to build there. On the beach there is a beach bar where you can order a drink or a sandwich. As for the beach it is very interesting and unusual, and the tourists either love or avoid it, but it is obviously different compared to other beaches on this island. On the shore it’s a small gravel, in the water stone, slippery slabs and it is not recommended for children to go into the water by themselves.
Depending on the currents, this beach is changing and occasionally a stone panels are completely covered with small sand. What impresses me is the incredible peace and quiet on the beach, but there is a bar, with silent music, sunbeds, volleyball net… If you one of those tourists who love to read or even sleep on the beach then Metalia is ideal for you.On the right side of the beach there is a small tunnel through the rock, which leads to another beach, a lot smaller, but with the crystal clear water, too.
On the left side, above Metalia towards Potos, there are zodiac signs arranged in a circle, so you can, if you believe in astrology, stand in front of your sign and collect positive energy until next summer.
If you are adventurous and go through the tunnel to the small beaches, you can continue through the rocks to reach another beautiful little cove. Depending on the tide, you may need to swim one part to it. Swimming in the cove resembles swimming on an exotic beach. To the left of the cove is a rock that is ideal for jumping. I recommend this small cove to anyone with an adventurous spirit and all lovers and romantic souls, and nudists.
In the end we just want to say that in our opinion the ideal day is: a walk through the pine forest, going to a small church, swimming in the wild cove, jumping off a cliff, amazing sunset with a beautiful view of Mount Athos and of course photo shootings, so if you are a romantic soul take one day for Palataki and Metalia if you are staying in Limenaria.
Note: Metalia is recommended for swimmers, not children and non-swimmers.
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