Limenaria, Thassos, Greece

Thassos Delights: 6 Reasons Why YOU Should Holiday in Limenaria, Greece

My summer vacation this year took me to Greece, more precisely to the stunning island of Thassos in the northern Aegean and one of its prettiest seaside towns: Limenaria. Thassos is known as a haven for the tradition-seeking traveller, still providing its visitors with an authentic slice of Greek life even today. The island might be small (so tiny that it doesn't have a single roundabout!) but it is perfectly formed, with stunning natural scenery and olive groves in droves. Here's why I loved my trip and why you should consider Limenaria as your next holiday destination too!

Sightseeing begins on the airport transfer

Thassos island doesn't have an airport, so before checking in to our eco-hotel, we flew from London to Kavala. Kavala is a city located on the northern mainland of Greece, around 1.5 hours drive from the popular destination of Thessaloniki. Flying into Kavala meant that a ferry transfer was necessary to get to Thassos, which immediately started our holiday off on a high note. The ferry took just over 30 minutes to drop us off in Thassos Town, giving us the chance to take in some stunning sea views and green vistas of the island on our approach. We could even spy the ancient Roman amphitheatre cut into the hill above the port as we docked!

But watch out for the seagulls when you take the ferry. They fly alongside the boat in the hope of getting tidbits from travellers, which they'll take directly from your hands! The only trouble is that what goes in, must come out. And if you're not careful, you might end up in a bit of a stinky situation...

Limenaria is the perfect mix of sleepy and bustling

We really couldn't have picked a better town in which to stay than Limenaria. It is the second largest town on the island, meaning that it has hotels, cafes, and restaurants aplenty, but it still retains a quaint feel. There were plenty of opportunities to have a livelier evening if you wanted to, with cocktail venues open until late and sports bars showing football and basketball. The neighbouring village of Potos, just a short taxi ride away, was recommended as the place to be if you wanted a really wild time but we didn't feel the need to leave Limenaria, the town had enough spirit for a good night without losing its traditional charm.

The port makes for great seafood and amazing sailing trips

In the unlikely event that wandering around the pretty town of Limenaria starts to get old, its little port will provide entertainment aplenty. Several local companies offer boat tours of the island with swim stops to enable you to hop off, enjoy the crystal blue waters and splash around with the fish. We booked our tour through our holiday rep and it set us back €35 each, including a full day on the boat and a BBQ lunch. This was well worth it and it turned into one of our holiday highlights, especially when a school of dolphins swam alongside our boat on the way back! The proximity to the port also meant that Limenaria's seafood was delicious - but you'll have to take my boyfriend's word on that one!

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Even the marble has an amazing history

When you're lounging on the beach in Limenaria, it's more than likely that your parasol will be held down by a small block of the island's stunning white marble. It really is that commonplace! What you might not realise, however, is the incredible things that have been made from the lustrous material in the past. Thassos marble is so white and pure that it was shipped to India in enormous quantities to build the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Today, local artists often shape pieces of the marble into fridge magnets and paint them with images of Limenaria's landmarks - a really lovely piece of the island to bring home!

Sandy beaches to rival Santorini

Santorini is definitely Greece's most Instagrammable destination. But in my opinion, the golden beaches of Thassos are more than a worthy rival. The sands were soft and unspoiled with very few problems with littering. The transparent waters were brilliant for snorkelling too - there were fish in abundance! If you were prepared to take a short walk to discover somewhere a little more secluded, you could also stroll over the hill to Metalia Beach, a hidden gem with widely spaced sun beds and a little cafe providing food and drink. The only matter of contention for us was the loud music pumping out of the speakers near the cafe, which did spoil the relaxed atmosphere somewhat. It was a shame because otherwise it was a beautiful place!

Vegetarian or vegan? No problem

My biggest worries when booking a holiday concern food. Will there be enough options for me to eat as a vegetarian? Will I just be eating the same old boring dishes all week? Thankfully, I needn't have been anxious about my trip to Limenaria. We ate at a different seafront restaurant every night and I was spoiled for choice - one of my favourite authentic Greek dishes was fasolakia, green beans slow cooked in a rich tomato sauce. Delicious! Surprisingly, Limenaria was also home to a pizza and pasta joint with a dedicated vegan menu, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There really was something for everyone in the town!

Do you have your next holiday booked? Or perhaps you have a dream destination in mind? Drop me a comment and let me know!