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First Timers to Thassos

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First Timers to Thassos

Off to Thassos in June, after 3 years in Skiathos, we wanted a change.

Can you give me a idea as to whether they'll be a mixed bunch of visitors to the Island as that was one of the reason why I chose Thassos. Sorry to sound harsh but I dont really want to be surrounded by a load of brits, I get enough of that at home.

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1. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Hi.

We went to Thassos in 2009. There were a lot of Eastern Europeans on holiday at the time.We stopped in Golden Beach which has a campsite where a lot were staying.

Thassos is a lovely Island, you are able to get around easily by using the local bus.There are a number of small villages to visit a favourite of ours being Panagia.We would also walk to the village of Potamia and back and it was only when travelling by bus one day that we realised how far we had walked.The ruins and Ampitheatre in Thassos Town are a must see and such fantastic views from the theatre.

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2. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Hi again, Were you based in Thassos Town? We are staying at the Thetis Apartments and intend on using the local bus. I understand that the buses dont run very late into the night returning to Thassos Town and so the plan would be to spend days at other areas, beach/lunch etc eith a view to catching the last bus back into Thassos town from wherever we had been for the day.

We wont be driving so that was the ain reason for having Thassos Town as our base.

Sound like a good plan?

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3. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Vast majority will be Eastern European and this year Russian. Not many Brits and zero Brit run bars. Restaurants declining in number, shops closing so should be quiet.

Edited: 07 February 2012, 08:27
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4. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Thanks for your reply - Shopping is not on my list - British run bars (might as well stay at home) and as long as the Thassian Restsurant is still open for business - I will be happy :)

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5. Re: First Timers to Thassos

As a Brit living on Thassos I was amused by your post- and surprisingly it is a common question asked by visiting English.

Rest assured, the island is close to the mainland and consequently is a major destination for Greeks especially from Kavala, Thessaloniki, Xanthi and other nearby town and cities. Because Thassos is the northernmost island, it also receives a huge number of visitors from Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Serbia and other Balkan countries. There are tour groups from Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Austria and Finland bringing tourist to the island. I would not say at all that the majority of tourists to Thassos are English by a long chalk.

If you are worried that on arrival you will be surrounded by kareoke bars and English breakfast cafe's, don't worry. These can be found, but only after a search. Thassos received its first tourists as late as the late 1970's, and still has a very traditional Greek atmosphere- they do not harrass you for your custom on the streets. The hotels and restaurant owners are by and large from the island; there is very little outside influence. The people here old fashioned Greeks with the values this implies: simple, honest, welcoming, hard working and fun loving.

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6. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Thank you for your post and you have set my mind at rest!

I chose Thassos because it takes more effort to get there and travelling by Ferry will be a first so why not? As far as the economic situation for Greece is concerned do you think that this will have an effect on people visiting Thassos this year or is it a case of wait and see? We wont be hiring a car and understand that although the bus service is good it doesnt run late at night. Any tips you can give on that front? x

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7. Re: First Timers to Thassos

We have stayed in the Thetis apts twice, and really enjoyed our visits. They are ideally situated a couple of minutes away from the ferry port, which is just a strip of concrete. There are local tavernas nearby, or you can stroll into town, takes about 10 ninutes.

You can walk by the sea, into town, or on the main road, the sea walk is longer but more scenic, we loved watching the antics of people catching and alighting from the ferries, our son thought we were very sad.

In town there are more taverna's to choose from, we have only ever had one bad meal in Thassos, and that was in a restaurant near the entrance to the old market place, in the old port, and that was so bad it was hilarious!!

Like you plan to do, we went out and about during the day, using the local buses, and stayed in Thassos town, in the evenings.

The ferry ride from the mainland to Thassos only takers about 35 minutes and it is a great way to arrive at a Grrek Island, we were escorted by dolphins on our last visit, fantastic

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8. Re: First Timers to Thassos

We first went to the island about 6 or 7 years ago & loved the place , we have since been back twice each time we have brought back some very happy memories .

As other have said you have no need to worry about Brit Bars etc , they are about if you look , but they seam very innocuous.

THASSOS is a very relaxed & none pressured island , the Greek food is amazing with some cracking restaurants . Thassians are a very warm & friendly people I'm sure you will have a very enjoyable time.

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9. Re: First Timers to Thassos

Thank you all for your comments :)

Any tips/advice on the bus service?? - Good/bad/indifferent.

As this will be our only formn of transport - keen to know what's in store.

x

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10. Re: First Timers to Thassos

We found that the buses were comfortable, clean and give or take a few minutes, ran to time.

I find this the case with most bus services in Greece. I won't drive and my husband usually wants a rest from driving, so we generally use public transport, on holiday, and I never find it a problem and it saves adding to the increasing road congestion in once peaceful places.

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