Thassos Island is a verdant island located in Greece. The island has a long list of lovely beaches, beautiful archeological ruins, and amazing gastronomy. This island is a go-to spot for many holidaymakers. These are some amazing facts about the island.
The Island of Thassos has about 18 towns comprising of a total of about 100,000 inhabitants. These villages include Kallirachi, Limenaria, Maries, Panagia, Potamia, Potos, Prinos, Thasos, Theologos, Koinyra, Ormos Prinou, Skala Sotiros, Skala Kallirachis.
The economy of Thassos thrives mainly on tourism. The island also deals on sales of some agricultural produce like almonds, honey, olives, walnuts, olive oil. The most popular olives in Thassos Island is the Throuba olives.
Birthplace of Notables
Thassos is the birthplace of many icons in Greece. Some of them include Archilochos, a 7th-century warrior and poet, Pankratiast, an Olympic runner and much recently, Oscar award-winning producer and author, Vassilis Vassilikos.
The bubbly island has a long list of notable sites some of which include; the Archeological Museum of Thasos, Archangel’s Michael Monastery, Folklore Museum of Limenaria, Saint Panteleimon Monastery, Krambousa Isla, Monastery of the Assumption and Polygnotos Vagis Municipal Museum.
Thassos is one of the most popular mining spots in Greece. Mining has been a major occupation in the region from the Paleolithic times until the 7th century BC. The most popular minerals found were gold, copper, iron, lead, silver, zinc and marble.
The beautiful island was named after Prince Thassos, the son of a Phoenician king. According to myth, Thassos was one of the first individuals to settle on the island. Thassos was the brother to Greek goddess, Europa (whom the continent ‘Europe’ was named after). Thassos migrated to the land because he was searching for his lost sister.
Thassos is home to some of the gorgeous beaches in Greece. These beaches can easily be accessed by bus or cars. Some of these beaches include Skala Kallirachis, Golden Beach, and Makryammos.
Thassos Island from antiquity has been known for its iconic Thermae. A thermae is huge bath complex that is open to the public. Due to the presence of a thermae in Thassos, it is frequently referred to as a balneoclimateric and climatic resort spot.
Thassos is known as one of the best wine producing regions in Greece. Thasian wines are well known, and the coins of the island bear the head of the god of wine, Dionysius on one of its face. The flip side has bunches of grapes.
Saint Joannicius the Great
Saint Joannicius the Great a wonderwork and sage played a significant role in the history of Thassos Island. He is known as a grand monk of the Christian East. The saint freed the island from a multitude of snakes. This was among one of the numerous miracles he practiced.
The tomb of Cassius
In the beginning of the 20th century, excavations revealed the tomb of Cassius Gaius Longinus, Julius Ceasar’s archenemy who committed suicide after Mark Anthony conquered his army. Cassius was buried in Thasos Island in 42 BC.