Thasos, Greece

Thasos, Greece

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What's in a name? Getting to know Thasos

Located just a few miles south of mainland Greece, Thasos is a lively harbor town on the northernmost of all the Greek islands. Since the island and the town have the same name, you can make like a local and call the city Limenas—it means "harbor'—or throw caution to the winds and come up with your own name for it. Whatever you choose, Thasos will be ready, and you'll find more than enough sandy beaches, historic sites, and craveworthy Greek eats all within easy reach of your Thasos vacation rental.

Sun, surf, and sand in sensational seaside Thasos

A sun-soaked spot with plenty of coastline, the first thing you'll want to do is lather on the sunscreen and hit the beach. The aptly named Paradise Beach offers a broad stretch of shandy shoreline along the Mediterranean, and you'll find plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing, depending on your mood. Boat tours are a popular pastime, too, and you'll find a number of outfitters offering chartered cruises around the island. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, the wooded hillsides and rocky peaks of the more mountainous interior offer ample opportunities for hiking and picnics.

And the rest is history—checking out cultural Thasos

After a day or 2 of fun in the sun, you'll probably be ready for a culture fix, and Thasos has you more than covered. At the Archaeological Museum of Thasos, you can check out local art and artifacts from as far back as the Neolithic period. Feeling folksy? You can learn about local myths and traditions at the Theologos Folklore Museum, a short drive from your Thasos vacation rental. Or for a taste of local industry, head to the Olive Oil Museum. Here, you'll get a first-hand look at every step of the oil-making process—from seed to salad dressing.

Thasos' killer climes in the northern Mediterranean

Thasos has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers, cool-to-mild winters, and moderate rainfall throughout the year. Average highs hover around 85 degrees in July and August, while winter temperatures range from the upper 30s to the low 50s between December and February. A popular summer destination for visitors from all across Europe, you'll find that prices on Thasos vacation rentals tend to follow the mercury—they're at their highest in the warmer months, and generally lower when the temperature drops. The cooler, slower winter months are usually your best bet for killer deals that won't break the bank.

From mountain peak to sandy beach, Thasos has it all

The farthest north of all the Greek islands, Thasos is separated from mainland Greece by about 6 miles of the Mediterranean Sea. The town itself sits on a low-lying part of the island, with plenty of sandy beaches and rocky shoreline along the water. Farther inland, you'll find wooded hillsides rising to a fairly mountainous interior, eventually climbing to nearly 4,000 feet at the peak of Ypsario. Much of the eastern part of Thasos is covered with scenic pine forests, and you can see a number of olive groves throughout the island, too.