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Limenas: the capital and diamond of Thassos

by | Jul 4, 2023 | ThasosHolidays

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Here is everything you need to know about Limenas before visiting this historic center of Thassos island. Keep reading to discover the ins and outs of Limenas Thassos Town.

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Here is everything you need to know about Limenas before visiting this historic center of Thassos island. Keep reading to discover the ins and outs of Limenas Thassos Town.

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GET TO KNOW LIMENAS

The old harbor of Limenas

What is Limenas Thassos town like?

Limenas is the capital of Thassos and the largest settlement on the island. Here, you can also find the main port that connects to the mainland through Keramoti.

Once you’re here, Limenas wraps you in a blend of history, culture, and vibrant life. Picture narrow, cobblestone streets lined with traditional tavernas, bustling markets, and quaint shops selling local crafts.

The air carries the aroma of freshly baked bread and grilled seafood, inviting you to taste the local flavors. Historical treasures await at every corner, from the ancient Agora to the Sanctuary of Dionysus, telling tales of a glorious past.

The town’s waterfront is a lively hub, where cafes and bars offer spots to relax and watch the world go by. Limenas isn’t just a place to visit; it’s an experience, connecting you deeply with the essence of Greek island life.

Above all, Limenas is home to the Ancient Agora, important archaeological sites, and the renowned Archaeological Museum.

The mountains that surround Limenas from the south

What is the surroundings like in Limenas Thassos town?

Apart from the Aegean Sea and the views over mainland Greece, Limenas stands on the slopes of Thassos Akropolis. On this 200-meter-tall hill, you can find the ancient theater and old temples. Around that area, the fields are full of pine trees that give way to olive groves as the ground flattens.

You’ll soon notice that surrounding Limenas, Thassos town, nature unfolds in all its glory. Picture lush green mountains that invite for hikes, offering trails that lead to hidden gems and breathtaking viewpoints.

Just a stone’s throw away, pristine beaches with crystal clear waters beckon. Here, you can bask in the sun, swim, or simply enjoy the peaceful sound of waves. Olive groves and pine trees paint the landscape, adding to the serene beauty.

This natural tapestry complements the town’s vibrant life, creating a perfect balance. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the hills or tranquility by the sea, Limenas’s surroundings offer a sanctuary, a place to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate.

The ancient harbor in front of the old city of Limenas

What is the view like in Limenas Thassos town?

During the day, you can clearly see the small island of Theopoula that stands between the island and the mainland, which is also clearly visible. The higher you get, the better the views. And the same applies during the night when lights from the mainland and Kavala decorate the horizon.

And of course, when you get hungry at the end of a long day of exploring, here are the best restaurants in Thassos and top wineries in Thassos!

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LIMENAS LOCATION

The ferry port that connects Thassos with Keramoti in mainland Greece

Where is Limenas Thassos Town?

Limenas lies in the northern part of Thassos island, opposite the mainland, only 8 kilometers away. The closest villages are Keramoti on the mainland and Panagia in Thassos. Limenas is also surrounded by spectacular beaches, including Marble Beach and La Skala.

The ferry as it leaves Limenas to reach Keramoti passing by Thassopoula

What are the nearest islands to Limenas Thassos town?

The nearest island to Thassos is Samothraki, about 60 kilometers in the east. Other Greek islands also surround Thassos, although they are further south. Think of Limnos, Lesvos, or Sporades islands, for example. To travel to these islands, you would need to first get back to the mainland.

The fishing port of Limenas Thassos

How many harbors are there in Limenas Thassos Town?

Limenas is home to three different harbors. The open commercial one on the edge of the town, where all the ferries lie and the two fishing ports next to each other. You will also find yacht companies where you can join a boat trip or rent your own yacht.

In Limenas Thassos Town, you’ll find two main harbors to explore. There’s the old harbor, steeped in history and charm, offering a glimpse into the town’s past. T

hen, just 500 meters west, the new harbor, Neo Limani, welcomes with modern facilities, preferred by visiting yachts for its shelter and depth. Both provide unique experiences, whether you’re soaking in the ambiance or setting sail.

LIMENAS HISTORY

The ancient theater of Thassos with views over Limenas

What is the history of Limenas Thassos town?

Limenas, the heart of Thassos Island, carries a history as rich and deep as the Aegean Sea it overlooks. Founded thousands of years ago, this town was the cradle of ancient Thassian civilization.

Imagine walking where Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines once tread, each leaving their mark through temples, theaters, and sanctuaries that still whisper tales of the past. Archaeological sites dot the area, like the ancient Agora, inviting you to step back in time.

Although the area was occupied before, it grew into a significant Greek hub in the Northern Aegean after Parians settled here in the 6th century BC. Its residents occupied lands on the mainland, had a thriving era under Roman rule, and faced a decay with the Byzantines and Turks.

Over centuries, Limenas evolved, yet it retains its historical charm, seamlessly blending ancient ruins with the rhythm of modern life. A visit here is a journey through time, connecting you to the echoes of ancient days.

Learn the entire history of Thasos and Limenas in this complete history guide.

Evraiokastro also known as Karnagio from above

How important was Limenas Thassos town in antiquity?

During the 5th century BC, Thassians exerted significant influence in the Northern Aegean. They went as far as to occupy lands on the mainland. During its peak, Thassos town was so powerful and influential as to provoke Athens, which eventually prevailed.

The park of Thassos Limenas next to the old port

What does Limenas mean in Greek?

Limenas is a word for Port or Harbour in Greek. During antiquity, Thassos town’s military and the commercial port was one of the largest in Greece. You can still see its legacy on the old harbor of Limenas that now houses the village’s fishing boats.

LIMENAS MARKET

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What is the market like in Limenas Thassos town?

The market in Limenas is the largest and most developed on the island. You will find anything from souvenir shops and brand stores to fast food establishments and modern restaurants. And everything is close together, with the main pedestrian-only market street running parallel to the port.

Imagine wandering through bustling lanes where stalls brim with local treasures. Fresh, sun-kissed fruits and vegetables invite you with their vivid hues.

Artisans display handmade crafts, perfect for unique souvenirs. Olive oil, honey, and other local delicacies offer a taste of Thassian tradition.

Friendly vendors share stories, making you feel at home. Every turn reveals something new, from stylish boutiques to traditional bakeries. This market isn’t just a place to shop; it’s an experience, immersing you in the local culture and lifestyle. Take your time, explore, and enjoy.

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Is Limenas Thassos Town crowded?

Limenas is a busy town most of the time, especially during summer. After all, it is the commercial center of the island, where you can find all the government offices, branches of all major Greek banks, port police, and customs. Let alone all the shops, stalls, kiosks, and street vendors!

The view from the old port in Limenas

What can you buy in Limenas Thassos Town?

Expect to find a wide range of products and souvenirs in Limenas. Whether you want to buy original Greek folk art, brand clothes, or the latest style accessories, Limenas has your match. Above all, you will love the experience of exploring the picturesque local market. PS: don’t be afraid to chat with the locals!

n Limenas Thassos Town, shopping unfolds as an adventure, offering treasures at every corner. Dive into local markets where fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, and aromatic spices await. Discover Masoutis and Lidl for your grocery needs, conveniently located for bigger hauls.

rtisanal shops entice with handmade crafts, perfect for memorable keepsakes. Olive oil and honey, Thassos’s golden elixirs, promise to delight your palate.

For fashion enthusiasts, boutiques showcase stylish clothes and footwear. Don’t miss the bazaar in Prinos for a unique experience, though it’s more about the journey than the finds.

Lastly, the waterfront may surprise you with vintage sales, where old suitcases hint at tales of travels past. Limenas offers a shopping mosaic, blending essentials with the extraordinary.

The old port of Limenas Thassos that is now a place full of fishing boats

What grocery stores are there in Limenas Thassos town?

Limenas is home to large stores, such as Lidl or Masoutis, with a full range of international goods. However, what you will love the most is exploring the small family-run corner shops where you can purchase local and fresh products. If unsure, feel free to ask for a sample!

LIMENAS ACTIVITIES

The sunset in the port of Thassos Limenas

What to do in Limenas Thassos Town?

Although visiting the modern Archaeological Museum of Thassos is a no-brainer, remember to immediately walk through the Ancient Agora after the museum visit. Then, stroll around the picturesque fishing port and the modern market. Finally, don’t forget to have a late drink at Karnagio Bar north of the town.

Feel free also to check this ultimate list of 101 things to do in Thassos!

Above all, I urge you to rent an ebike (which can be delivered to your accommodation) and explore the area. As you do, you may wonder how they make such incredible houses and buildings. Look no further than our complete guide to Thassos Architecture.

Even better, join an ebike Tour in Limenas!

The Limenas beach between Karnagio and the old port

What beaches to visit from Limenas Thassos town?

For a quick dive, head to Limenas beach near its old port or Papias beach in the outskirts. If you have a car, visit the luxurious La Skala Beach south, (not to mention Thassos scuba diving!) The notorious Marble Beach in the north, and the long Golden Beach in the east.

The indoor dance club in Limenas Thassos

What is the nightlife in Limenas Thassos town?

Limenas is full of modern bars and a few indoor clubs that keep nightlife in Thassos active. The best time to go out in Limenas is between 10 pm and midnight, while most bars close by 1 am. After that, you can head to the indoor clubs if you feel like dancing.

VISITING LIMENAS

The view of Thassopoula islet from Akropolis of Limenas

Is Limenas Thassos Town worth visiting?

Yes, Limenas is the capital of Thassos and a must-visit while you’re on the island. Although you’ll love it for its charm as an ancient city full of archaeological remains, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Modern bars, lively markets, and delicious cuisine are only some of the town’s merits.

The view of Limenas from the west

How to get to Limenas Thassos Town?

If you’re on the mainland, the easiest way to reach Limenas is by taking a 30-minute ferry to Thassos from the port of Keramoti. You may sometimes find a speedboat from Kavala to Thassos town in summer. If you’re already in Thassos, head north, and Limenas will be the largest settlement you’ll see.

The view of Limenas Thassos from the anient theater

Where to stay in Limenas Thassos town?

You will have so many quality accommodation options in Limenas that you may have a hard time choosing. Think of budget family hotels, luxury resorts, imposing villas, beach hotels, and pet-friendly studios. Finally, you’ll also find plenty of options if you are looking for package holidays.

In short, visiting Limenas should be part of your Thassos plans. By the way, if you haven’t decided on your Thassos itinerary yet, check one of my suggested itineraries for your Thassos holidays: a 7-day itinerary, a 5-day itinerary, or a shorter 4-day itinerary.

If you are not sure where to stay in Thassos, check out this complete Thasos guide!

Top 12 places to stay in Limenas Thassos town

  • Porto Lodge – Stay at Porto Lodge in Limenas, Thassos, and enjoy the experience of one of the most lively and charming towns on the island. 4 rooms, each with its own bathroom.
  • Villa Doro – A four-bedroom villa fully furnished and completely equipped with all amenities for a perfect and refreshing holiday.
  • Palm Studios – Luxury meets comfort at Palm Studios in Thassos. 5 charming double studios at a very small distance from the port of Limenas.
  • Diamond House – Diamond House in Limenas consists of one maisonette and one apartment and can accommodate up to 10 persons.
  • Villa Natura – Stay in a resort, yet enjoy your privacy. Natura Villa is part of the Natura Bungalows complex and features a brand-new jacuzzi.
  • Natura Bungalows – The ideal place for couples and families alike. Contemporary-designed apartments with a touch of luxury, a beautiful garden, and a pool.
  • Essentia Vita – Comfortable, spacious, 10 luxurious suites, an eco-friendly swimming pool – your absolute summer shelter.
  • Lamprini Deluxe – Situated in Limenas and with Limenas Beach reachable within 700 meters, Lamprini Deluxe features express check-in and check-out, rooms, a garden, free WiFi throughout the property, and barbecue facilities. Boasting room service, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The inn has family rooms.
  • Thea-tro Apartments – Thea-tro Apartments and Studios are stylish and modern designed accommodations, freshly renovated. With breathtaking sea views, walking distance from the port, tavernas, and amazing historical places to visit.
  • Periklis Studios – Situated in Limenas and with Limenas Beach reachable within 400 metres. You can enjoy your time in the beautiful and spacious garden while the comfortable studios will provide you with so much-needed rest.
  • Nuevo Suites – Stay in a newly built modern apartment with a private pool in the picturesque Limenas town. This luxurious accommodation will make your Thassos stay even more memorable!
  • Di Emma Apartment – Di Emma Apartment in Limenas features one bedroom and one living room with two sofas.

Frequently Asked Questions about Limenas, Thassos

1. What are some must-visit historical sites in Limenas?

Check out the Ancient Agora, Acropolis, and the Archaeological Museum for a dive into history.

2. Where can I find unique souvenirs in Limenas?

Explore local markets and shops for handmade crafts, olive oil, and Thassian honey.

3. Are there any beaches near Limenas worth visiting?

Absolutely! Makryammos and Saliara Beach offer stunning views and crystal-clear waters.

4. What kind of accommodations are available in Limenas?

From cozy hotels like A for Art to beachside villas, there’s something for every preference.

5. Can I find good places to eat in Limenas?

Yes, Limenas is full of tavernas and restaurants serving delicious Mediterranean and Greek cuisine.

6. Is Limenas suitable for families?

Definitely. With its beaches, family-friendly hotels, and calm atmosphere, it’s perfect for family vacations.

7. What outdoor activities can I do in Limenas?

Hiking, exploring archaeological sites, and enjoying water sports at the beaches are popular options.

8. How do I get to Limenas?

Limenas, being the capital, is directly accessible by ferry from the mainland.

9. What’s the best time to visit Limenas?

Summer for beach activities, but spring and autumn are great for hiking and sightseeing with cooler weather.

10. Are there cultural events I can attend in Limenas?

Yes, Limenas hosts various cultural festivals and events, especially in summer. Check local listings for details.

CONCLUSION

I hope this small guide about Limenas Thassos Town proves helpful.

In any case, I would like to hear your opinion about Limenas.

Are you looking forward to staying in Thassos Town?

Maybe you have a question about it that is not answered here.

Or, if you have been to Limenas before, what are your thoughts about it?

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Remember, visiting Limenas is among the Top 21 Reasons to visit Thassos!

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If you’re convinced you should visit Limenas and the island, here is how to get to Thassos via air and ferry routes. And if you want to make that move a little bit more permanent, here is a guide to moving to Thassos!

You also want to be smart about the timing of your holidays, so check the Thassos weather patterns and the best time to visit the island.

My favorite times are late spring and early autumn, but you may also want to visit Thassos in winter.

Whichever season and time you arrive on the island, make sure to follow these 24 Thassos Travel Tips and avoid the following 20 common Thassos Travel mistakes.

And when you want to read something fun about the island during your holidays, here are 35 fun facts about Thassos.

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