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A long weekend itinerary for Thassos

Thassos is a low-key island, where even the Greeks travel on their holidays from the mainland.

At just 24 kilometres across at its widest point, you might not think there'd be much to do, but the island's traditional villages, ancient sites and amazing viewpoints provide lots of charming activities.

Add to that some fun, pared-back evenings of Greek music and dancing, or joining in on summer festival events, and you have plenty to do on a long weekend here. Take a look at our guide to find out what to do in Thassos on your next short break.

Day three

For further wow-factor Aegean Sea views without the need to climb a mountain, we suggest taking a trip to the cliff-edge Monastery of the Archangel Michael.

On the southern coast of Thassos, this is the island's largest and most famous monastery, which is inhabited solely by females. The nuns will be happy to receive you as long as you dress modestly, covering legs and shoulders.

After a restful and spiritual trip, take some time to discover what's going on during Thassos' summer festival. Theologos in central Thassos is the site for the traditional Thassian Wedding performance, or among the many other things scheduled, there's a honey festival in Limenaria and live concerts and performances in Limenas' ancient theatre.

People often hang around to make an evening of it, so you'll find good company in the local tavernas and bars.

Day two

Whether you're up for a hike or not, head towards Mount Ipsarion and it holds lots of options for the day. The first possibility is spending four hours climbing to the 1,200-metre summit for views over Golden Beach and beyond.

Or simply stop in the foothills to explore the old capital, Panagia, situated on a gorge on the mountainside.

The town is hungover from its period as the island's capital in the 19th century, but in a very good way. Completely car-free, the old cobbled streets remain and are interspersed with canals that carry freshwater from the local springs.

From Panagia you can go on a tour of a marble quarry or olive oil factory, to see how the liquid gold is made. Or visit Drakotrypa cave, literally meaning Dragon Hole, around a 15-minute walk east, so-called due to the dragon-shaped stalactite it houses.

Day one

In an island so full of history, you should head to its ancient epicentre on the first day.

Built on and around a Roman settlement, the island's capital Thassos Town has evidence of its past everywhere, from the hilltop acropolis and 3,000-seater amphitheatre to the site of an ancient agora, or central market square.

While you're in the capital, to find out more about Thassos check out one of Greece's most highly-acclaimed museums - Limenas Archaeological Museum - which was renovated in 2013.

A huge array of finds is on display in the well-labelled exhibits here, from pottery and coins to tools and figurines, dating all the way back to the Neolithic period. You'll find out just how important the Thassians were in ancient Greek times.

After a busy day exploring, it'll be easy to find a bouzouki bar to chill out in. They're basically Greek music bars where various instruments, including the bouzouki guitar, play Greek blues-style music, called rembetika, as you enjoy a drink. If you try the local tsipouro spirit be careful as it's like ouzo but stronger.

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