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About Greece - Thassos

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ABOUT THASSOS

Introduction
Green is usually the first adjective you'll hear if you ask anyone that has been to Thassos what it is like. Not many islands in Greece are this lush.
With its rich history and archaeological remains, wonderful beaches, variety of things to do and friendly people, Thassos has becomeAbout Greece Thassos, Greece Thassos Guide, About Greece Thassos Tour, Greece Destinations Thassos, Greece Tours Guide, About Greece, Greece Tours one of those islands holidaymakers return to year after year. Because it is also a very popular island amongst the Greeks, the standard of food and service is high, and you get a good mixture of the modern and the traditional.
Many of the locals are farmers and fishermen, but since oil has been found in the sea, many hope to get involved with that. Tourism is also an important income for the people of Thassos.

History
The island was colonized at an early date by Phoenicians, attracted probably by its gold mines; they founded a temple to the god Melqart, whom the Greeks identified as "Tyrian Heracles", and whose cult was merged with Heracles in the course of the island's Hellenization;[1] the temple still existed in the time of Herodotus.[2] An eponymous Thasos, son of Phoenix- or of Agenor, as Pausanias reported- is said to have been the leader of the Phoenicians, and to have given his name to the island.
The island was colonized at an early date by Phoenicians, attracted probably by its gold mines; they founded a temple of Heracles, which still existed in the time of Herodotus. Thasus, son of Phoenix, is said to have been the leader of the Phoenicians, and to have given his name to the island.
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In either 720 BC or 708 BC Thasos received a Greek colony from Paros. In a war which the Parian colonists waged with the Saians, a Thracian tribe, the poet Archilochus threw away his shield. The Greeks extended their power to the mainland, where they owned gold mines which were even more valuable than those on the island. From these sources the Thasians drew great wealth, their annual revenues amounting to 200 or even 300 talents. Herodotus, who visited Thasos, says that the best mines on the island were those which had been opened by the Phoenicians on the east side of the island facing Samothrace.

The place was important during the Ionian Revolt against Persia. After the capture of Miletus (494 BC) Histiaeus, the Ionian leader, laid siege to Thasos. The attack failed, but, warned by the danger, the Thasians employed their revenues to build war ships and strengthen their fortifications. This excited the suspicions of the Persians, and Darius compelled them to surrender their ships and pull down their walls. After the defeAbout Greece Thassos, Greece Thassos Guide, About Greece Thassos Tour, Greece Destinations Thassos, Greece Tours Guide, About Greece, Greece Toursat of Xerxes the Thasians joined the Delian confederacy; but afterwards, on account of a difference about the mines and marts on the mainland, they revolted.

The Athenians defeated them by sea, and, after a siege that lasted more than two years, took the capital, Thasos, probably in 463 BC, and compelled the Thasians to destroy their walls, surrender their ships, pay an indemnity and an annual contribution (in 449 BC this was 21 talents, from 445 BC about 30 talents), and resign their possessions on the mainland. In 411 BC, at the time of the oligarchical revolution at Athens, Thasos again revolted from Athens and received a Lacedaemonian governor; but in 407 BC the partisans of Lacedaemon were expelled, and the Athenians under Thrasybulus were admitted.

Thasos, Theater
Sculptures from Thasos
Archaic head from Thasos
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Head from Thasos
Thasos, Gold Stater, (Krinides) 357 BC Heracles and Tripod (THASION EPEIRO)

After the Battle of Aegospotami (405 BC), Thasos again fell into the hands of the Lacedaemonians under Lysander who formed a decarchy there; but the Athenians must have recovered it, for it formed one of the subjects of dispute between them and Philip II of Macedonia. In the embroilment between Philip III of Macedonia and the Romans, Thasos submitted to Philip, but received its freedom at the hands of the Romans after the battle of Cynoscephalae (197 BC), and it was still a "free" state in the time of Pliny.

Thasos (Source)
After a period of Latin occupation, it was captured by the Turks in 1462; it was given by the Sultan Mahmud II to Mehmet Ali of Egypt. In 1914 during About Greece Thassos, Greece Thassos Guide, About Greece Thassos Tour, Greece Destinations Thassos, Greece Tours Guide, About Greece, Greece Toursthe Balkan Wars, Thasos became part of Greece. Thasos, the capital, stood on the north side of the island, and had two harbours, one of which was closed. Archilochus described Thasos as "an ass's backbone crowned with wild wood," and the description still suits the mountainous island with its forests of fir. The highest mountain, Ipsario or Ypsario, is 1045 m (3428 ft) high. Besides its gold mines, the wine, nuts and marble of Thasos were well known in antiquity.

Today, Thasos is a part of the Kavala prefecture and is the southernmost and the easternmost points in the prefecture. Thasos serves ferry routes to and from Kavala and a port at the eastern portion of the prefecture.

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The main agricultural production on the island are honey and olive oil as well as wine, sheep, goat herdinf and fishing. Other industries includes lumber and tourism. Mining industry including lead, zinc and marble especially in the Panagia area where one of the mountain near the Thracian Sea has a large marble quarry. A marble quarry in the south has been mined during the ancient times.
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Geology
Thasos island is located in the northern Aegean sea approximately 7 km from the mainland and 20 km south - east of Kavala. The Island is formed mainly by gneisses, schists and marbles of the Rhodope Massif. Marble sequences, corresponding to the Falacron Marbles intercalated by schists and gneisses, are up to 500m thick and are separated from the underlying gneisses by a transition zone about 300 m thick termed the T - zone consisting of alternances of dolomitic and calcitic marbles intercalated by schists and gneisses.
The rocks have undergone several periods of regional metamorphism, to at least upper amphibolite facies, and there was a subsequent phase of retrograde metamorphism. At least three periods of regional deformation have identified, the most important being large scale isoclinal folding with axes aligned north - west. The T - zone is deformed and is interpreted by some authors as a regional thrust of pre - major folding age. There are two major high angle fault systems aligned north - west and north - east respectively. A large low - angle thrust cuts the gneiss, schist and marble sequence at the south - west corner of the island.(Overthrusting of Serbomacedonian Massif onto Rodope Massif ?).
The Late Miocene oil - producing Nestos - Prinos basin is located between Thassos island and the mainland. The floor of the basin is around 1,500 About Greece Thassos, Greece Thassos Guide, About Greece Thassos Tour, Greece Destinations Thassos, Greece Tours Guide, About Greece, Greece Toursm deep off the Thassos coast (South Kavala ridge; Proedrou, 1988) and up to 4.000 - 5.000 m in the axial sector between Thassos and the mainland. The basin is filled with Late Miocene - Pliocene sediments, including ubiquitously repeated evaporite layers of rock salt and anhydrite - dolomite which alternate with sandstones, conglomerates, black shales, and uraniferous coal measures (Proedrou, 1979, 1988; Taupitz, 1985). Stratigraphically equivalent rocks on the mainland are clastic sediments with coal beds, marine to brackish fluvial units and travertines

What to See
Except for its beautiful nature, Thassos also has several sights. The capital Limenas is built where the ancient city stood, and there are many ruins to admire. There is also an ancient theatre which is often used to this day. You can also visit the very nice museums of archaeology and folklore here.

In Panagia you can visit the Dragoncave (Drakotrypa). The monastery of the Archangel Michael is open to visitors, but make sure you are properly dressed: long trousers for men,long skirts & covered shoulders for women.
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What to Do
Some of the beaches have watersports. You can also go horseriding on the island, and there are also tenniscourts. There are often plays and concerts in the ancient theatre of Limenas.

Beaches
There are many beaches on the island, and many of them are easy to get to by bus, car or moped. Some of the more popular are Golden Beach, Skala Kallirachis and Makryammos.

Nightlife
You'll find some bars and clubs in Limenas that are really nice. Since it is a popular resort among the Greeks the nights usually get very long, but not too wild.
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Food
Most places are in Limenas, but there are also some nice little taverns in the villages. Most of the food served is very good, traditional Greek.

Shopping
The shops sell all the usual stuff: jeweler, leather, sponges, rugs and textiles. You can also buy some local wine or sweets.

Getting Around
There are buses connecting the villages and many beaches. You can also rent a car or a bike, or hire a taxi for the day. Small boats can take you to a few beaches, as well as to the little islet Tassopoula.

Getting There
There is an airport on the island with daily flights to Athens. You can also fly to Thessaloniki or Kavala and take the ferryboat or Hydrofoil from there.

Facts about Thassos
Size: 400 sq. km
Population: 16000
Airport: Yes
Cash machine: Yes
Internet cafe: Yes
Highest Mountain: Mt Ypsari, 1003
Tour Operators: Libra, JMC, Apollo, Ving

Phone numbers
International code: 0030
Local code: 25930
Health Centre: 71700, 71100
Police:
Port Police: 22106
Tourist Information:
Bus company:
Tourist Police: 22122.
 
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Arachova Heraklion Kefalonia Mykonos Rethinmon Thassos
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