Limenas, also known as Thassos Town, is the capital of the island and is named after its main harbor. The village is located in the northern part of the island, surrounded by densely wooded pine mountains and large olive groves, creating a picturesque setting that offers a wide variety of attractions and activities for visitors to explore.
The village’s main harbor is a hub for travel to and from mainland Greece via the ferry port of Keramoti, making it an easily accessible destination for tourists. From the village, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby city of Kavala and spectacular sunsets over the mountains while sipping a cool drink in the evening warmth.
Limenas boasts a wide choice of beaches that are perfect for swimming and relaxation after a day of exploring the old town. The beaches are easily accessible by foot, car, taxi, or the around-the-island bus, with amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, and changing booths available to tourists. The village’s sandy beaches include the old town beach (Limanaki Beach), Makryammos Beach, Nisteri Beach, Agios Vasileios Beach, Tarsanas Beach, Glyfada Beach, Papalimani Beach, and several other small beaches in between.
As the commercial center of the island, Limenas is home to all the government offices, major Greek banks, and offices for the ferries, busses, port police, and customs. It is a bustling village that offers a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, traditional coffee shops, bars, discotheques, and facilities to cater to every age and taste.
The village’s three harbors provide facilities for all vessels and attract some very fine boats and yachts of all sizes throughout the season. During the winter, the ancient harbor is full of local fishing boats. The harbors and marinas provide a pleasant diversion for those who enjoy strolling around and admiring the beauty of some of the crafts that dock there.
Access to Limenas is quick, easy, and comfortable, with ferries running frequently every day from the mainland’s port of Keramoti. Even during rare stormy winter days, there is a fully enclosed ferry that can make the crossing, connecting the island with the mainland year-round.
Limenas has a rich and interesting history, with numerous archeological discoveries still being excavated and explored inside and around the village. Evidence of the ancient past can be found in and among all modern developments, including the ancient city’s walls. providing a glimpse into the way of life that was imported into Thassos from other Mediterranean areas and the influence it had on rural Thassian life at that time. Today, treasures and fragments from Thassos and other antiquities can be found not only in local museums but also worldwide in prestigious museums such as the Boston Folk Museum, Istanbul, and the Louvre.
In summary, Limenas is a unique and historical village that offers visitors an unforgettable experience. From its stunning beaches and breathtaking views to its bustling commercial center and rich history, Limenas has something to offer everyone.
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