Thassos Travel Guide

The A-Z Thassos travel guide, including Kavala and Philippi, is newly updated for 2022 and is the most comprehensive guide to Thassos available.

The A-Z series of travel guides by Tony Oswin only covers four Greek islands as yet – Kos, Santorini, Rhodes, and this guidebook to Thassos – but they are the most in-depth Greek travel guides you’ll find.

Thassos Travel Guide
The A-Z Guide to Thassos (or Thasos) should be especially good as that is where the author and his wife chose to live way back in 2006. That is also when he wrote his first guide to Thassos, and he has updated it every year since, making this the 17th edition.

This is a testimony both to the author’s dedication and to the demand for the guide – you don’t go to the effort of updating and publishing a guide like this (and three others) every year unless they sell well enough to make it worthwhile. 

Thassos in GreeceThassos

A-Z Guides Travel Club

Even when you update a guide constantly, there’s still the risk that something will be out-of-date after a few months. The A-Z guides get round that problem by giving every purchaser of a guide a password which provides access to internet updates via their website.

On Thassos, for example, if you go to the Travel Club page and sign in, you find a drop-down menu of ten sub-topics that are a problem for a printed guide:

·         The current weather from three different services.
·         The latest news (bang up-to-date when I checked).
·         Hundreds of colour photos (the guides have no photos, to keep the cover price down).
·         3D photos (though you’ll need to buy 3D glasses).
·         A host of panoramic 360-degree photos.
·         Maps, and much more besides.

The Harbour at Kavala in GreeceThe Harbour at Kavala

Kavala and Philippi

In addition to the wealth of information about Thassos itself, the A-Z Guide to Thassos also includes four pages on Kavala, almost twenty pages on the archaeological site of Philippi (the author loves his history), a page on the site of Amphipolis, and two pages about the Alistrati Cave. These are all sites you will want to visit if you’re spending a few days in the area.

Archaeological Ruins at Philippi in GreecePhilippi

You may well have to spend at least a night in Kavala, as the only way to get to Thassos is to take a ferry from Kavala, so depending on flight times to Kavala or your other arrangements, Kavala may well be an overnight stop for you. That’s no great hardship. I spent several days there one year and certainly didn’t get bored.

Ancient Theatre on ThassosAncient Theatre on Thassos

Thassos

And now to Thassos itself. By the time you get to page four, you’ll be wanting to go to Thassos, because of the author’s enthusiasm for the island where he lives. He explains that it is the most fertile island in the Aegean Sea, its inhabitants maintain a respect for culture and tradition that is being lost on some other islands, and that Thassos has a greater percentage of repeat visitors than any other island, with many people returning year after year. But if you're looking for the Ibiza of Greece, you can skip Thassos, the author also advises readers.

Thassos in GreeceThassos

This Thassos travel guide runs to 198 pages in all, including 11 pages of maps at the back of the book and 9 pages of history and mythology near the front. There are over 50 pages on Places of Interest, covering Thassos Town, archaeological sites, the island’s villages, monasteries and the sites in and around Kavala.

There are separate sections on beaches, eating out, and activities, not to mention weather, health, how to get around the island, money, bugs, a Greek glossary, and plenty more. 

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Best Thassos Travel Guide

It’s easy to say that this is the best Thassos travel guide as it has no competition. Search for Thassos travel guides on Amazon and this is the only one that comes up. For comparison, I picked up a copy of a guide to the whole of Greece from one of the major publishers, and Thassos gets just 6 pages. The same publisher’s guide to only the Greek Islands also offers a mere 6 pages on Thassos. In comparison, this guide is 198 pages long. It’s no contest!

North-East Aegean Islands pages

  •  Thassos is in the North East Aegean and on this page from the Greece Travel Secrets website you can also see information about flights and ferries to Thassos.

    Thassos in the North East Aegean Islands of Greece

    Thassos is in the North East Aegean and on this page from the Greece Travel Secrets website you can also see information about flights and ferries to Thassos.

  • The island of Lesbos or Lesvos is in the North East Aegean Islands in Greece, and on this page you can see information including flights and ferries.

    Lesbos or Lesvos in the North East Aegean Islands of Greece

    The island of Lesbos or Lesvos is in the North East Aegean Islands in Greece, and on this page you can see information including flights and ferries.

  • The island of Lemnos (or Limnos) is in in the North East Aegean Islands and on this page you can see information about flights and ferries,

    Lemnos or Limnos in the North East Aegean Islands of Greece

    The island of Lemnos (or Limnos) is in in the North East Aegean Islands and on this page you can see information about flights and ferries,

  • The Greek island of Chios or Hios is a large island in the North East Aegean close to the Turkish coast, south of Lesvos and north of Samos, and famous for its mastic trees.

    Chios

    The Greek island of Chios or Hios is a large island in the North East Aegean close to the Turkish coast, south of Lesvos and north of Samos, and famous for its mastic trees.

  • A visit to the Museum of Samos Wine to learn about the muscat grapes that produce the best dessert wines in the world and also the Greek spirit, Metaxa.

    Museum of Samos Wine

    A visit to the Museum of Samos Wine to learn about the muscat grapes that produce the best dessert wines in the world and also the Greek spirit, Metaxa.

  • Samothraki (Greek) or Samothrace (English) is a small island in the north-east Aegean Sea with the closest Greek islands being Thassos and Lemnos.

    Samothraki

    Samothraki (Greek) or Samothrace (English) is a small island in the north-east Aegean Sea with the closest Greek islands being Thassos and Lemnos.

  • The best things to do on Thassos in the North East Aegean islands of Greece include its beaches, mountain hikes, and visiting its ancient archaeological sites.

    Best Things to Do on Thassos

    The best things to do on Thassos in the North East Aegean islands of Greece include its beaches, mountain hikes, and visiting its ancient archaeological sites.

  • Samos is in the NE Aegean islands of Greece with attractions including Heraion and Pythagoreio, and this page tells you what to see and how to get there.

    Samos in the NE Aegean Islands of Greece

    Samos is in the NE Aegean islands of Greece with attractions including Heraion and Pythagoreio, and this page tells you what to see and how to get there.

  • Ikaria (or Icaria) is an island in the North East Aegean Islands of Greece between Samos and Mykonos and is truly one of Greece's travel secrets.

    Ikaria

    Ikaria (or Icaria) is an island in the North East Aegean Islands of Greece between Samos and Mykonos and is truly one of Greece's travel secrets.

  • The North East Aegean Islands include Lesvos, Thassos, Chios, Samos, Fourni, Ikaria, Limnos, Samothraki and here are tips on ferries, flights and what to do.

    North East Aegean Islands

    The North East Aegean Islands include Lesvos, Thassos, Chios, Samos, Fourni, Ikaria, Limnos, Samothraki and here are tips on ferries, flights and what to do.

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