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Skala Rachoni

Skala Rachoni Holidays

Skala Rachoni is the ideal place to enjoy package holidays to Thassos. This rural, picturesque fishing village offers some wonderful respite from day-to-day life. Alongside a glorious white-sand beach and clear, shallow waters, the tree-covered mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the idyllic resort.

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Untouched Greek village life

If you want to escape it all and leave civilisation behind during holidays to Greece, the sleepy village of Skala Rachoni could be just the place you're looking for. Located in the northwest corner of Thassos, the rural fishing harbour is surrounded by mountains covered in fragrant pine trees and olive groves, offering scenic harbour views.

As Thassos island grows in popularity as a holiday destination, Skala Rachoni has maintained a quiet and unpretentious vibe, remaining one of the few unspoiled areas on the island. You can experience a taste of the local lifestyle as you walk past chattering men standing in cafe-bars and the smell of Greek cooking permeating the air.

Because Skala Rachoni's less than a 15-minute drive from the island's lively capital of Thassos Town, you can be in the thick of it in no time should you suddenly wish to escape the peace and tranquillity.

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The village

The village itself is thinly populated and features a main square with a scattering of traditional stone villas. You'll find a handful of tavernas and bars serving up a selection of inviting, home-cooked delights and a stone church, hidden behind the harbour. This paves the way for an hour-long scenic walking route towards the orginal village of Rahoni, famous for its production of honey and olive oil.

Unspoiled beach

Escape the crowds of the island's bigger resorts for a taste of Robinson Crusoe, where sunloungers share the clean, white-sand beach with small fishing boats. The pine-clad hills offer welcome shade from the midday sun and - with its shallow, serene waters - Skala Rachoni's beach is great for families with children looking for cheap holidays to Thassos away from the hustle and bustle.

Little tavernas serving cold drinks and light snacks can be found up and down the shore, and at the far end of the beach you'll find a selection of watersports including jet skis, paragliding and banana boats.

Quiet tavernas offering local cuisine

Despite the village's secluded location, the area boasts a handful of fantastic traditional tavernas. For a taste of authentic Greek food head down to Yiamas Taverna, or for local, freshly caught and prepared fish, try out Sakis Seafood Grill.

Both are a stone's throw from the beach and offer wonderful views of the striking sunsets. For those of you with a sweet tooth, the Koxili Patisserie offers a divine selection of homemade Greek sweets, ice cream and fresh coffee.

Try your hand at fishing

The clean Aegean water is filled with sea bream, mullet, seabass, sardines and mackerel, making it a great place to try your hand at a spot of fishing. Boats are available for rent in the area, which means you can explore the island's deeper water and, if you're lucky, even spot a dolphin or two. Head down to the neighbouring beach village of Skala Prinos for a wider selection of boating and fishing tours.

Visit ancient ruins in Thassos Town

For a taste of the long history and spirit of Greece, visit the capital of Thassos town, also know as Limenas, and explore the Ancient Agora, the Ancient Theatre and the Acropolis.

Here you can witness some of the finest examples of world archaeological sites as you wander around the remains of the walls, gates, and temples of the ancient city. The Archaeological Museum of Thassos presents a well-documented account of the island's past and offers some welcome respite from the afternoon heat.

Explore the rolling hills on horseback

A 10-minute drive south along the main coastal road from Skala Rachoni, you'll find Thassos horse-riding school in the neighbouring seaside resort of Skala Prinos. Beginners' lessons are offered in a large paddock. Or, for a truly magical day out, regular treks explore the lush mountains, valleys and sandy beaches with their breathtaking views of the island.

Hire a car and explore the surrounding area

While buses and taxis are plentiful in the area, the buses do tend to run to a very relaxed timetable and, if you're thinking of exploring further afield, car hire may be a more cost-effective, flexible and reliable option. Thassos has a great road network too so driving on the island couldn't be easier. There are several car-hire companies in the area, centred around the capital, offering competitive rates.