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The descent: the Gate of Parmenon
From the summit, the way down is at first by means of a precipitous rock-cut staircase which descends with in what would have been a bastion of the walls. In this stretch the walls consist of cut blocks of often remarkable size. After 80–100m of descent, and shortly before some steps cut into the walls, a large rock to the left of the path and at right-angles to the line of the walls has, scratched into the surface of its south face, two large eyes and a nose thought to be an apotropaic carving, designed to avert evil befalling the walls. Little of a conclusive nature can be said about this, because of the difficulty of dating something so superficially cut, and with few comparable counterparts elsewhere. But the similarity of this unusual design to the carved faces on the megalithic stelai of the late 3rd millennium bc found in the Early Bronze Age site at Skala Sotiros (see p. 88) should not go unobserved. Fifty metres further on, in a large block built into the wall to the right, and just above ground level, is what is assumed to be the *archaic signature of a marble worker, contemporary with the building of the first phase of the walls, and therefore dating from around 500 bc. Deter mined to leave his mark to posterity, he carved his name ‘ΠΑΡΜΕΝΟΝ ... ’, followed by a couple more letters, all deeply incised in a rising crescent. This precedes the gate which for convenience bears his name, complete with monolithic door posts and massive lintel, the interior face of which bears the lateral and central cuts which held and facilitated the barring mechanism of the gate. From here the line of the walls descends to the floor of the valley, past a postern gate, and enters the area of modern habitation.

Thasos Island is part of the Northern Aegean Island Group, Greece.


Thasos Island, Greece.

Access to the island is by car-ferry from two harbours close to Kavala—(Nea) Péramos to the west, and Keramoti to the east—and from the port of Kavala itself.
   The service from Keramoti is now the most practical and reliable, and is the only one that serves Thasos town/Liménas itself with departures approximately every 90ms (crossing time, 40mins);
   The other connections are all to Prinos Skala which lies 16km to the west of the main town of Liménas. In the summer there are generally 6 car-ferry services (90mins), daily from Kavala to Prinos Skala. All these services are reduced in the winter. The service from Nea Péramos to Prinos Skala runs only April–end Sept and takes c. 75mins: its schedule is currently being renegotiated (2010).
All the above are operated by Thassos Ferries: T. 25930 24001/2,, from whom information on costs and schedules can be obtained. Kavala ("Megas Alexandros") Airport is served by three daily flights from Athens (Olympic Air and Aegean Air lines), and is close (c.10km) to Keramoti for the crossing to Thasos .
Taxi transfer from the airport to Keramoti costs in the region of €10.

Thasos Travel Guide


Thasos Island, Greece.

In Limenas, the Taverna Mouses by the modern harbour has well-prepared local dishes and welcoming hospitality. The plateia of Kazavíti is one of the most picturesque places on the island to dine, though it has recently become popular with tour groups: the family-run Taverna Vassilis on the square takes appropriate care with both food and setting.
At Theologos, both Kleoniki and Stelios serve a variety of good dishes prepared with locally-raised meats. Nowhere especially recommends itself in Liménas but the Taverna Platanaki be side the "old harbour" provides a pleasant setting and a good selection of fish dishes.


Thasos Travel Guide

further reading

Thasos Island, Greece.

Yves Grandjean & François Salviat, Guide de Thasos (Paris/Athens 2000)—an exemplary account of the ancient city which will long remain unsuperseded.
Thasos Travel Guide


Thasos Island, Greece.

In spite of its size, Thasos still has no truly ‘simpatico’ places to stay and little that seems satisfactorily to combine comfort with tastefulness. In the main town of Liménas, the best and most genuine hospitality is offered by the Acropolis Hotel (T. 25930 22488, fax 58118, At Panaghia is the pleasant Thassos Inn, in a traditional style building (T. 25930 61612, fax 61027); below, at Chrysi Ammoudiá, is the Hotel Dionysos (T. 25930 61822, fax 61823, email: dionyso1@, an unpretentious and comfortable hotel just above the beaches of Potamiá Bay. All of the above are moderately characterful and of good value, in the medium price range.Thasos Travel Guide

practical info

Thasos Island, Greece.

640 04 Thasos: area 383 sq. km; perimeter 116km; population 13,447; max. altitude 1,206m. Port Authority: 25930 22106 Travel and Information: www.gothassos.comThasos Travel Guide

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