Holidays to Greece, that won't break the bank
Small, traditional and friendly – Thassos, or the Emerald of the Aegean as it’s sometimes known, has a lot to offer. With average flight times of just over three hours and average July temperatures of 24°C, it provides a holiday base that offers the promise of sun and sightseeing, with a budget pleasing price tag.
Beach-wise Thassos has certainly been blessed, with the powder-soft sands of Paradise Beach rivalling any of its Caribbean counterparts. Away from the beach there are a variety of activity options available, with a trip to the cliffside Monastery of Archangelou and its stunning views across the Aegean a popular choice. Walkers and hikers may want to take advantage of the numerous nature trails available, and those wanting a challenge can climb Mount Ipsarion with promise of more spectacular vistas and an awe-inspiring selfie at the end.
Resorts are varied, with Glykadi providing a relaxing beach-based venue close to a wealth of historic attractions in nearby Thassos Town. Skala Rachoni offers fine white sand beaches and an array of facilities including well stocked supermarkets and inexpensive tavernas, while Thassos Town, the island’s capital, is full of life with a diverse selection of restaurants and a range of shops and market stalls selling everything from cheap souvenirs to local crafts. It also offers a tantalising glimpse of the past with its ancient Roman amphitheatre and acropolis just waiting to be explored.
Cheap days out in Thassos
Glykadi offers the chance of complete relaxation with its spectacular beach, it’s also close to Thassos Town for those wanting to explore the historic sites, where a host of cultural treats await. Be sure to check out the temple of Hephaestus and the city walls among other historic treasures. Food-wise there is plenty of authentic choice, with seafood and fresh fish in abundance in the reasonably-priced restaurants. The shallow waters around the town are perfect for a relaxing swim after a morning sightseeing.
In Skala Rachoni, pack a picnic and enjoy walks through the maze of country lanes and olive groves, to discover forgotten coves with fine, sandy beaches.
Other popular Greek Island getaways
When it comes to affordable getaways, Thassos is by no means the only choice – Greece and her islands are awash with great value holiday options. Check out other destinations like cosmopolitan Rhodes, beautiful Zante, or sun soaked Naxos to see if they appeal. However, if Thassos is the one for you take at a look at our travel guide to find out more and start planning your trip. Here are three cheap hotel options to help get you started.