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The *ancient city walls climb up from here towards the theatre, which lies about 300m further up the hill. At few other points are they so beautifully preserved as here. They consist of a double curtain of cut masonry, in-filled very compactly with earth and stone, and with an average thickness of about two metres. In places their architectural history is clear: at the lowest level there are the huge, but meticulously shaped and dressed blocks of late 6th century bc polygonal construction; above them the horizontal, rectangular blocks of the late-5th century bc isodomic masonry, in both marble and gneiss. It is worth recalling that the walls were partially dismantled on two occasions: first, as Herodotus recounts (Histories VI. 46), at the order of Darius in 491 bc, and then again, as Thucydides recounts (Peloponnesian War I. 101) after the Athenian defeat in 463 bc. During the constructions (or re-constructions) many different groups of masons, each working in different ways, had to be employed for such an enormous task, and it is interesting to see as one walks around the long enceinte how methods may change from one stretch of wall to another.
Thasos Island is part of the Northern Aegean Island Group, 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, www.thassos-ferries.gr, 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.
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.
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
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, www.acropolis-hotel.com). 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@ otenet.gr), 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
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