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Skala Potamias

Skala Potamias Holidays

Sitting quietly on the east coast of the leafy island of Thassos, Skala Potamias offers a relaxing break full of simple pleasures. Spend your days lounging on the divine golden sands, cooling down in the warm, transparent water and then head to harbourside tavernas in the evening for authentic Greek cuisine.

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Picturesque mountains and coast

Skala Potamias is a popular summer resort just south of Golden Beach. Covered in spectacular granite mountains, pine trees and olive groves, Mount Ipsario towers over the small seaside village, providing a spectacular backdrop.

Built into the valley at the foot of Ipsario, surrounded by pine and sweet chestnut forests, lies the traditional village of Skala Potamias with its whitewashed buildings. Nearby trails can be walked or biked giving you a great opportunity to explore the island. Mountain villages like Panagia are on the way – one of the most picturesque and photogenic in Thassos. For the more enthusiastic you can spend half a day climbing Mount Ipsario to get breathtaking views of the island.

Golden Coast Beach

Skala Potamias borders the fabulous sandy bay of Golden Coast Beach, at the southerly end of Skala Panagia's Golden Beach. The fine white sand and shallow waters are the perfect place to relax on a sunlounger and take advantage of the beachside service offered from the seafront tavernas.

Both beaches merge together across 2.5 kilometres of golden sand, overlooked by impressive mountains covered in pine trees. Golden Beach offers some exciting organised watersports, including jet-skiing, banana boating, kayaking and windsurfing, meaning this end of the beach is certainly more action packed.

Explore traditional Greek cuisine

You can sample all of the island's produce, such as olive oil, honey and wine in tavernas across the resort, with most boasting incredible views of the Aegean Sea.

Head to Krambousa which prides itself on using only fresh, local produce and offers an inviting atmosphere. Or experience the wonderful hospitality of Niko and his team at Alkyoni Tavern for traditional dishes such as lamb kleftiko – slow cooked lamb marinated in garlic, olive oil and lemon.

Freshly caught fish is widely available in beachside tavernas and usually grilled and drizzled with olive oil and lemon. If you want to make like the Thassians, accompany it with a glass of tsipouro, the all-natural, Thassian version of ouzo.

Don't miss the village's bakeries and pastry shops, where it's possible to grab authentic baklava and sweets infused with locally produced honey.

Get haggling with the locals

A 30-minute drive from Skala Potamias, the market at Prinos is a popular attraction for visitors and residents. The largest outdoor bazaar on the island is held every Monday morning and you can find items ranging from fresh fruit and veg, preserves, clothing and footwear.

You're sure to pick up some unique gifts at bargain prices while enjoying the lively atmosphere of a bustling traditional Greek market. For the keen photographer the colourful stalls and interesting islanders offer a great opportunity for some special holiday snaps.

Once you've had your fill of Greek produce, you can head down to the lovely beaches of Skala Prinos and enjoy an afternoon on the pretty white sands. Take a refreshing swim in the calm, shallow waters or enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the beachside tavernas before heading back to Skala Potamias.

A cultured capital

The relaxed capital Thassos Town, also known as Limenas, is a mere 15-minute drive away. Here you can discover ancient ruins and soak up some Greek culture and history. Sights include the Ancient Agora and Acropolis and you can enjoy panoramic views from the Ancient Theatre.

The Archaeological Museum also showcases an interesting selection of ancient statues, busts and ceramics and the harbour offers some delightful seafood restaurants and authentic tavernas.

Party time

Depending on what time of year you visit the island, Thassos boasts an array of festivals and celebrations. Rightly proud of their culture and heritage, the Thassian people take great pleasure from including visitors. At the end of July and early August, Prinos, a 30-minute drive away, presents the Honey Festival and Kazavitiana, which includes theatre shows, classical music concerts, traditional music and dance nights.