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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Thassos

When to go

As the northernmost of all of the Greek islands, Thassos enjoys a more temperate climate than elsewhere around the Aegean Sea. Even so, temperatures in June, July and August all regularly climb above 30°C during the day, when you will also enjoy more than 12 hours of sunshine.

The months of April, May, September and October are slightly cooler but still very much as shorts and t-shirt weather, with average temperatures hovering around the mid-20s. The remaining months aren't too cold either and are the perfect time to snap up package holidays to Thassos at a fraction of the usual price. As it's off-season however, you might find many restaurants, bars and clubs are closed due to lack of demand.

Rainfall is at a fairly constant low level throughout the year, though July and August are the driest months.

Health and safety

Just as you would with any holiday, taking out comprehensive medical and travel insurance prior to embarking is a must. It also makes sense to get hold of a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC before setting off on your holiday. This is available for free and entitles you to the same emergency medical treatment that Greek nationals receive. It should be noted that it's only applicable to emergency treatment, however - ongoing care and medical repatriation are not covered.

If you plan to get involved in any watersports or other adrenaline-fuelled pursuits while in Thassos, you should check that your insurance covers this. Check out our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Greece but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Thassos is well serviced by an excellent road network, and the public bus system serves all of the major tourist destinations on the island with regularity. Your hotel will be able to give you up-to-date information on timetables, routes and other relevant advice on how to navigate the island by bus.

Alternatively, you might wish to experience the freedom that renting a car brings. All of the larger towns offer car rental at competitive prices, while you can also hire scooters, motorbikes and quad bikes in many places.

These represent a particularly good way to access the fertile interior of the island, especially if you plan to tackle Mount Ipsariou, since the main roadways and bus routes only stick to the coastline. Taxis are also readily available in all the towns.

There will be no direct flights to the island on your Thassos holiday, so you'll have to make a connection on the Greek mainland. However, since it is the most northerly of the Greek islands, catching the ferry couldn't be easier. Ferries leave daily from Kavala on the mainland and arrive in Prinos, while there are cheaper and more frequent vessels departing from Keramoti and arriving in Thassos Town.

Advice for travellers with children

Thassos is an island rich in culture, history and natural beauty, meaning there are many ancient ruins and historic sites for curious minds to explore. Moreover, the island boasts some of the most picture-perfect beaches on any of the Greek islands, with plenty of watersports and other aquatic activities to keep the young ones occupied. Restaurants are well-equipped and accustomed to catering for younger and pickier eaters, while those on Thassos All Inclusive holidays will be treated to a wide range of cuisines at their hotel, too.

Electricity

Connector type: In general, round two-pin plugs

Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50Hz

Emergency services

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages, including English.

British Consulate

The closest British consulate to Thassos is found in the Greek capital Athens. If you are a victim of crime or theft, contact the consulate immediately.

Address: 1 Ploutarhou Str., 10675 Athens

Email: consular.athens@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: (+30) 210 727 2600

Hospitals

There is no hospital on the island itself, but nearby Prinos on the mainland has a medical centre and an ambulance service in case of emergencies.

Prinos Health Centre

Prinos 640 10, Greece

Telephone (from within Thassos): (+30) 25930 71100