There is a great variety of activities for a visitor of Thassos to follow. The existence of the sea offers the opportunity for many Water sports, Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling, Sailing and Cruising. On the other hand, the existence of the mountain will give you the opportunity to Guided hikes, Jeep Safari, Hiking and Bird watching.
In recent years cycling tourism has developed in Thassos and many cyclists choose the island to get trained making the tour of the island. Herb gathering and Culinary tourism has also developed its activities for the visitor to enjoy. This island with its diverse nature has to offer unique activities for visitors.
Do you want to feel your adrenaline rising, view the sea from above, take unexpected plunges into the water? If so, then you can try marine sports at Thassos at well-organized beaches and enjoy unique experiences!! You can experience water-skiing, parachute ride that will take you off in the sky of Thassos, a group ride with the popular banana and many more inflatable toys, at Golden Beach, Pefkari, Psili Ammos, Potos and Skala Rachoni beaches. Do you love wind and adventure?
If so, you can do windsurfing at Paradise Beach, because of strong winds blowing in the area, it is indicated for this marine adventure. Yet again, if you wish to be charmed by Thassos’s sea bottom, then you can dive with safety with the support of experts who can be found in Pefkari.
All around the island there are countless rocky outcrops and jetties from which you can often catch a variety of fish and sea food with the simple Rod and Reel. Spearfishing is quite popular in some areas along the island’s coast, especially during the periods when octopus is most plentiful. Boats are also available for rent, which allow tourists to explore the bounties of fish in the island’s deeper waters.
Some of the kinds of fish and seafood you may expect to find around Thassos are Grey and Red Mullet, Sea Bream, Sea Bass, Blacktail, Sardines, Gilt Head Bream (also known as Royal Bream), Lobsters, Whitebait, Mackerel and Octopus.
The clean sea and calm water make Thassos ideal for scuba diving. Apart from the beauty of the land, Thassos has a magnificent seabed which you can explore with the help of the diving centers available in Thassos, mainly in Pefkari, Potos, Psili Ammos and Makiyammos. All diving centers have qualified staff with long experience and possess the necessary equipment. You will also pass through a shipwreck, which according to the legend was wrecked during the war with the Turks and it will make you feel like a hero coming from a historical novel dating back to the early 20th century. Professional divers, alumni – members of the international organization of PADI (the principal diploma given to the level of Master ScubaDiver Rating) guarantee a safe and exciting diving experience.
The landscape and geography on Thassos is a paradise for both leisurely bicycling and adventurous mountain biking. Mule and goat trails into the lush and peaceful interior of the island will appeal to anyone of an adventurous nature and provide a challenge for the most enthusiastic and intrepid mountain biker. The island’s ring road, well maintained and fully asphalted, may also provide a very pleasant and yet occasionally challenging ride.
Bicycles and mountain bikes are available to hire from the many bike hire shops around the island.
Thassos is the perfect island for swimming. It has many beaches either organized, or not, but in all of them you will find crystal green blue waters, golden sand, and a unique environment of pine trees. Thasso’s waters are absolutely save to swim. Furthermore most of the beaches have shallow waters, which makes them a perfect choice for families with children since they can play with safety.
You can combine your swim with the famous activity of snorkelling. Just grab your mask and head into the sea to explore its hidden secrets! Thassos has clear waters all around, which make snorkeling a realy fun summer activity.
Hiking on Thassos is a great way to explore the island’s unknown face. Thassos is not just a sunny place with beautiful beaches. Thassos is an island where you can do anything. One of those is hiking. There are wonderful trails where you will discover why Thassos fascinates its visitors. Typical hiking routes:
1. Climbing to the top of mount Ipsarion.
2. A great hiking route starts from the Monastery of Michael Archangel towards Theologos with a duration of approximately 3 hours.
3. Equally interesting is the hiking route from Alykes towards Theologos and vice versa.
Just imagine skimming like a bird or a flying fish over the gentle waves, with only the sounds of the wind in the sails and the water against the hull. It’s an experience which calms the soul and revives the senses in ways you never thought were possible!
A yacht or a boat under sail, big or small, either alone or with a small hand picked crew, enables such a dream to come true. There are numerous sea vessels, from small and basic to big and luxurious, available for hire on Thassos.
Limenas, the island’s capital, is known for its large marina and modern facilities for vessels of all sizes. So well-known in fact, that it hosted and served 95 competing sail boats in 2010 when Thassos was the starting point of the Aegean Regatta – an annual international sailing competition.
On Thassos there are small boats that tour around the island and show the tourists the hidden and beautiful corners of the island. Sea cruises also organized by local boats. During your trip you get to know the beaches of Thassos and get a glimpse of magnificent creatures such as dolphins and sea turtles.
For those who wish to get their adrenaline pumping during their vacation, we suggest they should try driving routes with four-wheel vehicles on dirt roads through forests and places not accessible by a conventional car. (JEEP SAFARI). Mountain safari is a great opportunity to go deep into the island, where at open space hidden from human eyes you can enjoy the outstanding view.
As a pleasant alternative pastime, the island’s horse-back riding school in Skala Prinos offers horse riding lessons in the school’s large paddock, as well as pony trekking in the rolling hills, lush valleys and sandy beaches of Thassos.