Greece is well-known for its stunning coastline, and the island of Thassos is no exception.
From secluded coves to dramatic cliffs, here are ten of the best beaches Thassos has to offer!
Marble (Saliara) Beach
Location: 6 km southeast of Limenas (centre)
Hidden away down the end of a dirt road past Makriammos, within a small secluded cove, lies a beautiful beach covered with white sands and marble flinders, and crowned with crystal clear waters.
Being small, closer to the centre and high in demand, it fills up quicker than other beaches and the sunbeds are slightly more expensive (12.5 euros). But it’s definitely worth a visit while in Thassos. Especially since this is an island that is synonymous with marble, and where marble mining is an ancient art whose history can be traced back to the 7th century BC.
The beach gets its name from the large deposits of marble that can be found in the area. The sparkling white stones and crystal-clear waters make for a stunning backdrop.
Location: 11 km southeast of Limenas (centre)
Golden Beach, located on the northwest corner of the island, is known for its beautiful golden sand.
Being one of the biggest, most easily accessible and relatively cheaper beaches on the island, with every possible amenity and a Blue Flag beach Award, makes this beach one of the most popular beaches on Thassos.
If you are looking for a place that can deliver on sea, sun, watersports, family-friendly activities and ease of access and parking, then Golden Beach is perfect for you!
Skala Potamia, a popular summer resort at the southerly end of Golden Beach is also worth a visit while you’re in the area.
Location: 24 km southeast of Limenas (centre)
Paradise Beach is a secluded beach located on the southeast coast of Thassos. It gets its name from its stunning surroundings – dramatic cliffs, pristine waters, and lush vegetation. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that it overlooks a small islet (Nisida Kinira) less than a kilometre in front of the beach.
This aptly named beach takes a few pages or two from Adam and Eve’s book as well, as it is also home to the main naturist beach on the island. But don’t worry if you’re not ready to ditch the swimsuit just yet. The two parts of the beach, the main section and the nudist section (on the left, behind rocks that form a small cove) are clearly marked and have separate entrances.
Location: 31 km southeast of Limenas (centre)
Nothing captures the very essence of the island as beautifully as Aliki. Think shimmering waters coiled up in a verdant bay full of pine and olive trees, right next to an ancient marble quarry. A little hat tilt to what this island does best.
Being small and extremely popular, it can easily get overcrowded. If that is the case, you can head to the nearby Ruin’s Beach, where you can swim among the ruins. The two beaches are separated only by the Aliki Archaeological Site and Ancient Quarries, all within a stone’s throw away from one another (check the map here).
The video on the left was taken at Kantina Ta Kionia, near Aliki Beach (which was full), where you can walk and swim around ancient ruins, or tan in peace and quiet (beds available at 4 euros each, shower 50 cents) while enjoying some no-fuss drinks and nibbles. For more sit-down meals and picture-perfect views, you can walk to Aliki Beach which is less than 5 mins away on foot. Beautiful Alice (video on the right) in Aliki would fit the bill perfectly.
Arsanas Beach & Livadi Beach
Location: 39 km southwest of Limenas (centre)
Okay, so technically, that is two different beaches. But as they are literally on either end of the same cove, it’s only fair that they share the same spot on the list.
There are many things that set these two apart from the other shores on the island. A pebbled beach and cold waters owing to the region’s springs are a few. But when it comes to distinctive features, it is definitely their location that takes the cake. Situated directly under the Holy Monastery of the Archangel Michael perched atop the edge of a cliff above, these two beaches have the unique backdrop of both the Aegean Sea and Mount Athos.
While here, you may also want to pay a visit to a famous swimming hole nearby: Giola.
Psili Ammos Beach
Location: 45 km southwest of Limenas (centre)
Psili Ammos, which translates as “fine sand”, is a dreamy little spot located in the southern part of the island.
If being surrounded by olive trees, crystal-clear water and soft sand, where you can relax and swim, that is also easily accessible, with a young crowd and all the amenities of a nearby village sounds like your idea of heaven, then this is the place for you.
Do come early to avoid parking or sunbed envy.
Location: 45 km southwest of Limenas (centre)
A tiny picturesque beach located between Psili Ammos and Potos (a beautiful coastal resort), Notos is perfect for those who are looking to escape the crowds and organised beach setup, while still benefiting from the most luminous of the waters.
Location: 10 km west of Limenas (centre)
Pachis Beach is a sandy beach located on the northwest coast of Thassos. A bustling seaside resort that is also boasting beautiful pine trees, and emerald and green shoals, it is a true embodiment of “the best of both worlds”.
Location: 40 km southwest of Limenas (centre)
Away from the buzzing crowds in nearby Potos and Psilli Ammos lies a little slice of heaven called Metalia Beach. While the name of the beach is attributed to the history of iron mining in the area, nowadays there is little trace left of the old factories, bar some ruins, former shafts and iron ore furnaces. What there is plenty of, however, is all the shades of blue and green for you to enjoy in calm and quiet.
Here, 6 euros will get you a pair of sunbeds and an umbrella. There is no minimum spend, however, you will likely end up eating at their (what appears to be family-run) cute little cafe as it’s the only nearby option for lunch, which serves a variety of grilled meats (pork/chicken souvlaki, sausages), salads, burgers and sandwiches… And of course, an ice-cold Mythos!
En route to Metalia Beach, don’t forget to check out Crown of Limenaria: A group of sculptures in white marble representing the zodiac signs nestled above the bay. Take a moment for peaceful meditation or simply to enjoy the endless sea view.
La Scala Beach
Location: 4 km west of Limenas (centre)
In comes the cool kid on the block. The place to see and be seen.
If you are looking for a more luxurious, beach bar-type experience close to the centre, then there really is no place better than La Scala. You can opt to spend your entire day relaxing and soaking up the Mediterranean sun by the sea, with food and cocktails delivered to you. Or you can try the food at their gorgeous-looking restaurant in the middle, followed by some drinks by the poolside.
As of August 2022, 30 euros minimum spend (which can be redeemed towards food at the beach but not at the restaurant) gets you a sunbed. Or alternatively, you can splurge on 250 euros minimum spend for a cabana for five. Both include an all-day attentive service from the lovely staff.
Recap of the Best Beaches and Nearby Attractions in Thassos
With its clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Thassos is a beach lover’s paradise. Whether you like your beach sandy or pebbled, bustling or quiet, you can be sure to find your favourite among the many breathtaking beaches that Thassos has to offer! So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Thassos for an unforgettable experience in the land of sun and sea!
And in case you need more convincing, check out “5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Thassos” here.
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