Helen I passed that sign many miles down the road, but yes its funny how the smaller islands can get to you, ours was Kalymnos totally hooked on Greece after that, and never have we been let down. From all we have seen and heard so far I think Thassos will be our kind of place.
Will be sure to let you know how we get on at the Aberdeen, Viv, I understand its run by a Greek musician and his Scottish wife, they seem to enjoy life.
Helen/rocdoc Many years ago I also stayed near Skala Potamia and golden beach was very nice.The ride into the mountains although more devoid of trees was beautiful and the fresh water running down was being collected for consumer use. I rememeber a fresh water lake and the marble quarries. Beautiful island and worth a visit.
Message posted by stanwick wolf on 17 March 2010 at 3:24pm - IP Logged
Hi Rocdoc, Thassos is fantastic we have been 4 times and always stay in Thassos town its one of our favourite Greek Islands I'm sure you will love it and keep going back again and again. The short ferry trip over from the mainland is great and you get escorted by seagulls flying close to ferry after food people throw to them, and sometimes even the dolphins come out to play! Have a great time
Hi rocdoc...as with others, my wife and I are going to Golden Beach in August (has to be then as I'm a teacher, we've been before in August..yes it's hot but that's how we like it!) Thassos was the first place we visited in Greece in 1999 and this will be our third visit back there. Thassos is simply WONDERFUL, clean, fresh, warm sea, warm people, great food, great exploring, easy roads, even the ferry trip from the mainland is part of the adventure. Who knows how the financial situation of the Greek economy will work out for holiday makers, lets just hope our hard earned savings we choose to spend there will help a little, We can't wait...it's 144 days from now, roll on August 8th. Regards from MrM
Message posted by rocdoc on 17 March 2010 at 10:17pm - IP Logged
John I'll be sure to give you chapter and verse on our stay, the more we read the more we look forward to it.
Sue do you have any taverna recommendations? Its our wedding anniversary on the day we arrive (poor planning on my part, knew the date had a familiar ring to it!!) and I need to find a good fish taverna to make up for it.
Thanks mr m really encouraging to hear, strangely 1999 was our first time in Greece too, we've been back once or twice a year ever since- preferred the prices then at the end of the good old drach, 10quid for a meal for 2 including wine, hard to believe now. Still its not the prices we go for is it? Yes it would be nice to think the money we spend will do some good to the local economy, its the main reason we go s/c plus you know that what your spending stays out of the clutches of the tour companies. Not been brave enough yet to avoid using them for accommodation and flights, but we always make full use of the accommodations bar etc knowing what a raw deal they get.
Just 81 days and counting until my first Mythos!!
Message posted by silks on 18 March 2010 at 11:35am - IP Logged
Hi rocdoc, The best taverna in Thassos town is Moyses (think thats how you spell it?) Its very popular so gets very busy but you must try it while you're there. If you go down to port where you get of the ferry when you arrive, facing the sea you go left, follow the road and you will see it on your left, just ask everyone knows it. There are also lots of good ones in town so enjoy.
Message posted by rocdoc on 18 March 2010 at 9:29pm - IP Logged
Hi again rocdoc....like you we are also into archaeolical site and artifacts. The theatre is well worth the walk and the small museum in Thassos Town is reported to be the best small museum outside of Athens. Further if you visit Aliki beach (on the road to Limenaria) there are some very interesting ruins to see, and you can swim out into the bay and see stuff below the surface! If you fancy it look out for the day tour (NOT with Thomsons...too exprnsive) to the site at Phillipi, it is brilliant, the evocation of the history of ancient Greece is breathtaking. As for tavernas we have been told that VIGLI at Golden Beach is one of the best on the island...if you Google simply VIGLI you will see their excellent web site with menus etc and if you follow their various threads through MAPS and print off a particular page they offer discounted meals! Also as a message to all those undecided folk out there DO try Thassos for all the things I have mentioned previously plus it is quiet, attractive, clean and the weather (in August) cannot be beaten. We have such great memories of being there, 1999 was like a second honeymoon. We have already booked a hire car for 3 days which is ample time to have a good look around and an explore...sorry if I'm going on a bit but it IS wonderful. All the best again from MrM.
Message posted by rocdoc on 20 March 2010 at 1:04am - IP Logged
No need to apologise MrM, was doing same thing in the office today trying to explain to a colleague how I feel about Greece. Have a feeling she will finish up going soon if only to shut me up. We've booked our car too really must get a decent road map. Have bought the only guide I could find on the internet, Thassos a-z, is OK but I'm sure there will be better available locally even if the English translations are a bit dodgy. Yes a trip to Phillipi looks a must for us. We went to Lefkada last year which we loved ,my wife wanted to go straight back which never happens and I must say from what Ive seen and heard so far Thassos promises to be a similar experience. Thanks for the taverna suggestion will be sure to check it out.
Message posted by rocdoc on 22 March 2010 at 9:54pm - IP Logged
Whahey got my email to pick my seats on the plane, all sorted! Parking booked, car hire booked, a couple of teach yourself Greek CD's ordered, sun screen bought, new sandles bought. Bit early to start packing, or is it? Not that I'm starting to get in the mood at all!
Message posted by shakespearstar on 22 March 2010 at 10:40pm - IP Logged
Rocdoc, you won't need a map - there is one circular main road round the island. If you miss a turning either turn round and go back the way you came, or keep going and you will eventually get there again!!!LOL!
Seriously, loved the island although a week was enough for us because it was so small. Aberdeen Studios are OK and Thassos Town is fantastic! Don't forget Panagia up in the mountains - wonderful place with the freshest, purest water, running from natural springs, I have ever tasted!
Message posted by rocdoc on 23 March 2010 at 1:43am - IP Logged
Glad I'm not alone in that Helen. We are renovating at the moment and one of the wardrobes had to be emptied, found myself sorting my holiday shirts, checking mozzie spray, making sure we have enough anti-histamines to see us through, in fact started taking them today to minimise the effects of the dreaded killer mozzies. Am assuming they will be active in Thassos too. Have you cracked the art of packing for two in one suitcase yet? I'm blowed if I have. Every year I try to pack less but we still take two cases and still bring one back full of clean clothes!!
Small is good sue, I like small, mind you love Corfu too. Plan to nip over to the mainland to Phillipi as well though. We have a car for 4 days which should be ample we'll rely on buses and taxis other times. Yes we will go to Panagia, everyone says its a must. That spring water will be very tempting in the heat of the day I'm certain...maybe with a drop or two of ouzo?
Message posted by Elliemay on 23 March 2010 at 2:03am - IP Logged
Do what we did. Make a list of all the clothes/ bits and bobs that you take with you, then tick off the ones that you actually wore/ used.
You would be surprised how many things you take that you do not actually use.
Keep the list for the next holiday and then pack accordingly. Try it, you never know!
Now that is a sensible idea
My intentions are to make an inventory of clothes I leave in the Den, alas I always forget
Today, I found myself looking in my gallery, enlarging the pictures of the Not Yet finished wardrobes to see if I could recognise what I'd left behind!
Needless to say I'm none the wiser
Message posted by rocdoc on 23 March 2010 at 2:30am - IP Logged
is a good idea, may give it a try. i do like a bit of chaos though. wife is far worse than me though, she never has any of her stuff organized, one year she just emptied her wardrobe of all her summer clothes and said i want to take it all. after a certain amount of negotiation she trimmed it down to a couple of colours plus a splash and I could get the lid down!
Message posted by shakespearstar on 23 March 2010 at 10:47am - IP Logged
Brilliant idea about the list Elliemay but no way am I ruthless enough to minimize to one suitcase, I have too many "just in case" items! No will power!!! Plus I live in fear of a suit case going missing so by taking 2 and dividing my clothes between the 2, I worry less!
Rocdoc I've not heard about taking anti-histamine weeks ahead to reduce the effects of mozzie bites. Do you find it helps? (I assume you take the non-drowsy type )
What I would recommend you take is something for wasps stings just in case you get stung...they do tend to be a pest on Thassos. They are not aggressive, more of a nuisance.
Message posted by Debbi on 23 March 2010 at 11:08am - IP Logged
If you're travelling about the island, try 'Ta Platania' psistaria. Its on the main road a couple of km past Skala Potamia as the road winds up the mountain. You can't miss it - there is a huge tree in the car park (hence the name) with a spring running out of it.
Very traditional food - meat on the spit etc. Very popular with the Greek locals especially the Greek nights on a Saturday night.
My other half worked there last summer - lovely people.
Hi to all the good folk out there who are going to Thassos...it's great to be able to read all the interesting stuff you are posting. It's great also to see so many people who agree that Thassos is simply brilliant, I'm sure though there is an element that anything to do with the Greek islands is a dream. As to the stuff about the dreaded mossies, what I do (and wow do they love me!) is from about a month before departure start taking Vitamin B1 with Thiamin pills (available from Boots et al), plus buy on-line the patches that you can stick on oneself (available on-line from "Dontbitemepatch.com") and then buy any sun oil with mossie deterent (Boots Skin so Soft is good)...so does it work? Well when we were in Corfu last time I was bitten the grand sum of once!...it does work for me. And again without waxing too lyrical about Thassos, the driving is safe and easy, there does not seem to be too many idiots on the road, you can visit many many beautiful beaches that have good access from the road that circumnavigates the island. As for packing, well it's done mentally but I don't believe it's done until we get into the car to drive south to Manchester airport. So roll on August for the joys of Golden Beach. Regards from MrM.
Best parts of our trip to Thassos were:
1. The ferry crossing to the island
2. Aforementioned Panagia
3. Thassos Town
4. Golden Beach
5. The monestery name of which I can't remember(best public toilets I've ever seen in Greece!
Worst parts were:
1. Noise from lorries taking marble to the port
2. Weather deteriorated towards the end of our stay in September.
3. Due to the size of the island and the one main road running round it, it was a case of "oh no, not this part of the road again"
All in all, we had a great time and I would not rule out going back, but not in September!
Message posted by rocdoc on 23 March 2010 at 9:44pm - IP Logged
Hi Debbi thanks for the tip sounds our sort of place will give it a look if we go there.(certain we will!)
Started the mozzie regime after our first trip to Corfu, we were both bitten so badly on my face, ears, arms and legs. A friend suggested taking them to reduce the reaction to the bites, they also help prevent the heat rash which I had suffered. Normally start taking a month or two before we fly. Obviously we have adopted a rather more aggressive approach to mozzies using a jungle formula, high deet, we found the citronella type next to useless. Iwo plug-ins in the room, shut the windows at night and spray mozzie killer all through the room when leaving, have rarely been troubled since. Have tried other things but nothing works as well as this for me. Have some anti bite and antisan for any mishaps.
Glad I'm not the only one that splits up clothes, which I would have to knock on the head if I ever acheived the one bag holiday. Always pack spare undies in carry on too (had too many flight delays) is that a bit obsessive?
Hi folks again...just as it was getting interesting about Thassos the posts seem to have dried up, it's been a week since the last one! I'm putting one here as I sit in "sunny" Windermere because it's snowing at the moment!! We're staying at the Nostos Studios in August, has anyone stayed there, if so what are they like? We have read some very good comments about them but none from the last couple of years, so if anyone knows could they kindly let us know. Further, what is the Golden Beach area actually like, where is the best place to go on the beach to be assused of reasonable peace and quiet? We are also looking into staying somewhere on an island for three weeks next year...Thomas Cook agent couldn't have cared less, Thomsons rep very helpful but couldn't do anything until their new brochure comes out at the end of April...so any thoughts anyone? We would be most greatful for ideas and recommendations. Thank you in anticipation MrM.
Message posted by shakespearstar on 31 March 2010 at 11:37am - IP Logged
Golden beach if my memory serves me right has the most beautiful soft pale golden sand, is long and narrow in the shape of a crescent and in places has small sand dunes at the back where people could discreetly sun bathe in the buff...well that was our experience!
My advice is take a stroll and pick your spot!
Viv D....thank you for the tip. I have seen these posts before, but again thanks. Have you been there yourself? My wife and I have very fond memories of our previous trips to Thassos, however we have also been to Corfu twice (Kalami once) and it too is beautiful. We are seriously considering doing all of our own booking for our Greek fix of 2010, the trouble is I seem to be experiencing is finding suitable (and reasonably cheap!) flights, but I'll keep trying and hope some good folk from out there can offer some advice and guidance. Thanks again from MrM
Message posted by Viv D on 02 April 2010 at 10:15pm - IP Logged
You will find the only T.O who fly straight to Kavala from England is Thomson. I should imagine the only other way is getting cheap flight to Athens with easyjet and then flying to Kavala then 15 mins by taxi to Port
Just priced up August 2nd Athens to Kavala returning 16th August to Athens came in for two people €232 return with Aegean Airways.
Viv D and Sooz...thank you for your replys, it's great to know there are folk out there willing to help. Sooz I will definitely try the site that you mention and will perhaps report how I got on...thanks again with regards from MrM
rocdoc, It's been 3 years since I registered with Thassos International and don't think I had any problems, but scroll through the old posts and you may find answers without having to register.
Viv, the Aberdeen Studios have been developing their site ever since Kosmar went bust! Everytime I look at it they have added something else! If you look at the photos of the studios we stayed in the one on the corner with the marble step! Very pretty but very noisy!
Message posted by rocdoc on 08 April 2010 at 8:39pm - IP Logged
lol thanks sooz hope we avoid it.
Thanks viv have been on it looks like I may need to doesnt it? What's with the dodgy old boy in the camo? I suspect several 5 star metaxas may have passed his lips! Scary!
METAXA me? Never touch the stuff, stick to gin, ouzo, aspro krassi and Mythos in Greece, oh plus the odd frozen vodka shot, oh and maybe a tequilla or two, and if Iactually get a bit tipsy a jd. But never metaxa, apart from the odd one or two in a restaurant perhaps...
Message posted by nannasue on 24 April 2010 at 12:08am - IP Logged
Look forward to hearing how you liked Aberdeen Studios. Thassos is a lovely island and I would love to visit Thassos Town again - it's up there on my favourites list along with Elounda and the whole of Corfu!
Thanks guys, will be sure to post my thoughts on Thassos on my return and lots of pics. Tickets arrived today so thats just cranked up the excitement. Got all our clothes sorted at the weekend as per have put out far too many shirts. Only have one Saturday off before we go so will be doing final checks and buying all the stuff we just cant be without but probably wont use.
Loaded up with jungle formula and plug ins to ward off the mozzies which I assume will be as bad here as every other part of Greece we have visited, plus plenty of sun screen to slap on. Euro is weakening just in time and I'm hoping we get a two week ash cloud flight delay a day or two before we are due to return, sorry to all those due to fly out two weeks after us!
Wow cannot believe how quickly the time has passed, just 5 and a bit days and we will be bombing down the A12 on our way to Gatwick. All packed, including our supporters shirts, and way more stuff than we will ever wear as usual but hey. One thing I was wondering, are there any supermarkets close to the Aberdeen studios? Have only packed tea bags, so will need to get juice, coffee, milk and sugar when we get there. Not many guides available have got the a to z but could not find a decent road map, no doubt there will be local publications and maps available any recomendations?
Rocdoc, from memory, bearing in mind it was 2007 when we were there I think there may be a small supermarket on the right as you leave Aberdeen Studios, although it's a bit of a hike. For a wider choice, just walk down the road opposite the entrance to Aberdeen, straight over the first crossroads and then bear right. We also found this was the quickest route down to the tavernas, etc. We also found a great little cake shop and a butchers but don't ask me where they are now!
Hope you have a great time and I look forward to hearing about it when you return.
Thanks sooz will try to hunt them down, my wife is very good at finding cake shops!! Oooh just had a thought spinakipita for breakfast yummy, we've been dieting like mad so we deserve a blow out. Just bought our euros online to get us through the first few days until we get our barings, do the local tavernas in town take cards?
Sorry Rocdoc, don't know about where cards are accepted, we have always taken cash and travellers cheques! One day we must drag ourselves out of the dark ages!
Incidentally, one of the things we liked most about eating out in Thassos Town was the custom of the tavernas providing a small sweet free of charge at the end of the meal. They ranged from a very small chocolate covered icecream to a small glass of Metaxa. Emphasis being on small, but very welcome. I think the name of our favourite taverna was the Thassian.
Can only hope got to make sence though, dumping the euro, floating the drachma watching it sink like a stone, Greek exports (such as they are) become more attractive but more importantly their biggest currency earner tourism will boom again as the drachma falls against the harder currencies got to make sence. I have no doubt our Greek hosts will have some thoughts on that when we arrive. Got a reasonable rate from Thomas Cook today to get us going, expect it will be better in Greece.
Message posted by gardenia on 04 June 2010 at 12:14pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Viv D on 16 March 2010
Have a nice time rocdoc.
Sorry I am not going to Thassos this year. Will be interested to know what you think of Thassos when you get back. That is providing you do see something when you have not got your head in a book
Have looked at the Aberdeen Apartments before. Your information will be greatly received.
Having been on Thassos for 32 years I have never realised Vasilios of Aberdeen studios was a musician. Carol his wife is indeed Scottish and Vasilios is my cousin through marriage there. I have heard good reports on Aberdeen studios and they are a very hospitable couple. Aberdeen studios is on the main road of Thassos but it apparently is not too noisy. Hope this helps.
Message posted by gardenia on 04 June 2010 at 12:15pm - IP Logged
Yes, I am going to Thassos in June. I shall be there in 10 days and looking forward to my 32nd year there. Have a great holiday kai kalo Taxidi.
Message posted by rocdoc on 04 June 2010 at 11:18pm - IP Logged
Small world eh? 32 years is pretty impressive has obviously captured your heart. Well we leave early Sunday morning so looking forward to it, is also our 32nd wedding anniversary. Have a wonderful time, efharisto poli for the good wishes
Wish I was still back there ,and probably am in spirit. We had a fantastic time. One of the best.
The island is lovely and offers a beautiful landscape a wide choice of beaches, great food and wine, at very reasonable prices. We pretty much did the whole island in our hire car and the various trips we took. Favorites were the obvious Panagia and Thologos, best of all was Kazaviti up in the hills near Prinos which was not polluted by trippers. Finally got to try goat up in Theologos, fantastic.
The Aberdeen apartments were very different
Carol and Zoi looked after their guests at the pool bar brilliantly and made sure the rooms were comfortable and clean. Bar prices are great and the local speciality food was superb. Vasilis acted as operations director making sure they did their work, as his main function was to keep everyone entertained and in order. We were warned by him that "this place is not normal" and it certainly wasnt, signs around the pool set the tone of what is to come, we were regularly informed that returning guests were coming back for more punishment... and they actually were! The team quickly created an inclusive community of guests generating a great atmosphere and most of them actually wanted to join in. The entertainment is unusual to say the least and anarchic in line with Vasilis' nutty sence of humour. Its an experience that keeps guests returning for more and I can understand why and will be joining them at sometime provided Vasilis has not been sectioned by then!
Glad you had a good time rocdoc - we certainly found Vasilis to be a little scary! Three years on from our visit I think we may have joined in a little more but 2007 was our first holiday without kids with us (one of which had caused us lots of problems during the past year) so we just wanted to chill out by ourselves!
Which apartment did you have and how noisy was it? Glad you enjoyed Panagia - would love to go back there; the fresh water from the mountain springs was fantastic.
We were in 11 which is at the side there was a little noise from the road but nothing too troublesome, closing the window at night took care of it. The windows are double glazed so blocked most of the noise out. The cockerels were noisier and Im certainly not going to complain about them!!
Yes we drank from the fountain in Panagia and crossed the bridge over the 3 springs, and finally got to try the goat off the spit. Had it 3 times in the end although the Theologos goat was the best.
Drinks prices were better this year, local beer was just e1.50 for a 500ml bottle wine the same per glass. Ouzo was dished out free at most of the tavernas so I didnt have to buy one!!
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