Once upon a time in ThassosOnce upon a time in Thassos

Μythology

According to mythology, Thassos was discovered because of one of the many romances of Zeus. Zeus was disguised into a white bull and he kidnapped Europe, the daughter of Finiki's king, named Aginoras. Then Aginoras asked his sons, Kilika and Kadmo and his grandson Thassos to look for her... While Zeus and Europe were having fun in Crete, Aginoras' sons were searching for her all around the world... At some point, Thassos visited this island and he was charmed by its beauty. As he was unable to return to his father without Europe, he gave up trying and settled to our island that today carries his name...

In the past, many different names were given to the island. Some of them were "Ieria", "Aithria" or even "Coast of the Goddess Demeter".

The island was inhabited for the first time during Neolithic Period from Phoenicians. Through the years, many wanted to live there as the island was prosperous because of the minors, the trade, the wine and the white marbles. Few years after the Greek revolution, Thassos remained in the possession of the Turkish - Egyptian, Mohamed Ali. Thassos Island was liberated by the Turks on the 18th of October 1912.

During you stay on the island, you should visit:

  • Limenas' Archaeological Museum. Tip: It is one of the most important museums in the country and it will give you the opportunity to follow the history of Thassos from the past till today. Meet the splendor of Thassos!
  • Τhe ancient theatre. Tip: During the summer months, theatres and concerts take place in the theatre with view the whole town of Limenas!
  • The ancient Forum, the acropolis, the remnants of Apollo and Athena's temples and the sanctuary of Panas.
  • Meet the temple of Hercules, Dionysus, Artemis and Poseidon. Tip: The main material in all these monuments is the white marble of Thassos that exist in the whole island!
  • The archaeological site in Alikes. Tip: The findings of the old civilization reach till the sand of the beach!
  • The traditional villages! Tip: They are famous for their traditional architecture and the narrow streets!

Photography by Alexandros Evaggelou