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Thasos - The west and centre of the island - In the vicinity of Limenas

The west & the centre of the island
In the vicinity of Limenas

To the west of Limenas, in the outskirts of the town, are several sites of importance. The first, in an area referred to both as Molos and as ‘Tsoukalario’, is situated 2km from the centre of Limenas just to the right (north) of the road out of the town at the point where it joins the main road towards Prinos. There are the remains of two, almost contiguous Early Christian basilicas here, built over the site of a Roman necropolis from which a couple of sarcophagi still remain on the surface. Although the site is large and its readability is hindered by the vegetation, the following elements are still clear. An area of hypocaust (closest to the sea within the enclosure) suggests there may have been thermae here in Roman or Byzantine times; pre existing baths sometimes became places for baptism in early Christian times. The smaller and older of the two basilicas (5th century ad) occupies the area closer to the sea on a southeast/northwest axis. As often happens, the complex was then enlarged as the community grew and a second 6th century basilica was built directly abutting (and partially covering) the south aisle of the first. The curious arrangement and orientation of these buildings may have been determined by the foundations of the pre existing Roman structures.
   Across the ring-road from here, and at a distance of 800m to its south, are the interesting remains of the Hellenistic farmstead of Marmaromandra. (The road leading to it is to the south, or left, after 300m as you turn back east on the ring-road in the direction of Panaghia.) Two buildings of the 4th century bc have been uncovered here: one was a two-storeyed dwelling, built around a court yard; the other, probably a storehouse or barn. The plan and foundations of the buildings are still visible in customarily well-cut and dressed masonry. The remains of storage pithoi and of a wine-press point to an agricultural use for these buildings. The remains of another larger farmstead are in the process of being uncovered on the summit of the hill 6.5km west of Limenas, in an area referred to as ‘Glykadi’. Once again, rooms of different shape and destination are disposed around a central, open farmyard.


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


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access

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, 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.

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eating

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

lodging

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, 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

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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