Thasos - The west and centre of the island - the Marles area

The Maries Area
A long wooded valley leads inland from the fishing port of Skala Marion (31km). After 4km, shortly beyond the junction for Kalyvia, the remains of a fortified Byzantine settlement can be found on the hill to the right (south) of the road, at a place known locally as ‘Palaiokastro’. This may have been abandoned after the 17th century in favour of a more hidden settlement further from the coast at Maries. Continuing a further 2km towards Maries, you come to a road branching northwards to the monastery of the ‘Panaghoudia’, dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin. Although the monastery structure is mostly modern, the catholicon is clearly much older, possibly dating from the late 15th century. The dark interior (lit by only one window) has a beautiful programme of wall-paintings of the 17th century, more complete than any other on the island. A fountain adorns the north wall, and appropriately forms the focus of the paintings of the Virgin as the ‘Fountain of Life’.
   The road continues a further 5km inland to the settlement of Maries, which grew up here in the 18th century. The village has conserved many of its traditional stone houses, grouped around the early 19th century church, which has an unusual dedication to the Synaxis Taxiarchon (‘The Assembly of Archangels’): the church has a fine wooden ceiling.
   Above the shore not more than a kilometre to the south of Skala Marion, are the interesting remains of an Archaic ceramic workshop. Given the quantity of amphorae which the exportation of the island’s wine-production required in antiquity, this must have been one of many such workshops on the island. Its importance is considerable, both because of its antiquity (this workshop was in use for over 200 years, from the late 6th, down to the 3rd, century bc) and for what it tells archaeologists about the processes of ceramic production. The choice of site is determined first of all by proximity to a good vein of clay; but accessibility of both water for the preparation of the clay, and fuel for the oven, were important considerations. Closeness to the shore also facilitated transportation of the finished articles. A number of elements are clearly distinguishable in the excavated area. At the northern perimeter the circular base of one of the kilns can be seen, constructed in large blocks; at its centre is the support for the shelf on which the pots were stacked for firing. This would have been covered with a brick dome. In the southeast corner (shore side), are the decantation tanks for the washing of the clay. Excavations have brought to light a wide variety of pottery objects of both Attic and Cycladic style and form.

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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