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Get to know Skala Potamia Thassos: everything you ever asked about the most cosmopolitan village of Thassos!

by | Aug 2, 2023 | ThasosHolidays

The view of Skala Potamia Thassos from the south
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Here is everything you need to know about Skala Potamia before visiting this cosmopolitan village of Thassos island. Keep reading to discover the ins and outs of Skala Potamia Thassos, and get ready for your Greek holidays!

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What is Skala Potamia Thassos like?

Skala Potamia is a beachfront village on the eastern coast of Thassos, Greece. It transforms from a quiet settlement in the winter to one of the most visited and full-of-life summer destinations in Thassos. You can find anything here, from traditional taverns and souvenir shops to the famous Thassos Golden Beach.

The view of Golden Beach Thassos from the north

What is the highlight of Skala Potamia?

Skala Potamia is home to one of the most visited and beautiful beaches in Thassos: Golden Beach. Also known as Chrissi Akti, this 2-kilometer beach starts in Skala Potamia and spans the entire bay. You will find plenty of beach bars with sunbeds and umbrellas along the way.

In short, visiting Skala Potamia 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.

Skala Panagia is neighboring Skala Potamia and connected via Golden Beach

Is Skala Potamia different from Skala Panagia?

Yes, Skala Potamia refers to the seaside village created by residents of Potamia at the southern end of Golden Beach. On the other hand, the smaller settlement of Skala Panagia is on the northern section of the beach, closer to the mountain village of Panagia.



Skala Potamia view from the north

Where is Skala Potamia?

Skala Potamia is on the eastern coast of Thassos Island, sitting in the shadow of Mount Ipsario. The closest village, its mountain brother Potamia, lies 4 kilometers west. Together with the neighboring settlement of Panagia, they offer the best panoramic views in Thassos, of the entire bay, including one of the best sunrises of Thassos.

Skala Potamia view from the west

How to get to Skala Potamia?

Where is Skala Potamia Thassos? You can find Skala Potamia on the main road of Thassos. If you are in the capital of ThassosLimenas, head east toward Panagia. Once there, take a sharp left to Golden Beach or follow the scenic route towards Potamia. Skala Potamia is on the southern part of Golden Beach, below Potamia. There are also ample parking spaces here, so if you drive to this location, you will be completely covered in your trip!

Paradise Beach Busy Day photo taken from Above

Where to go from Skala Potamia?

After a day or two in Golden Beach, make sure to head south to the next bay of Kinira, where you will find the tropical-like Paradise Beach. Although access may be a bit more difficult, as you have to descend a steep road, it is more than worth the effort.


The port at Skala Potamia where Golden Beach starts

What to do in Skala Potamia?

Apart from the obvious choice of visiting Golden Beach, your options for activities are plenty in Skala Potamia. You can stroll around the traditional fishing port, visit the folklore museum of Skala Potamia, or explore its market. And if you want some action, hike in the nearby olive grove under Ipsarion or do watersports.

Above all, I urge you to rent an ebike (which can be delivered to your accommodation) and explore the area. Even better, join an ebike Tour in Skala Potamia!

JetSki making rounds in the ocean

What water sports can I do in Skala Potamia?

You will find two water sports centers in the northern part of Golden Beach. As a result, you may need to walk a few hundred meters to get there. Then, you can try different activities, such as ringos, sofa, fly banana, water bicycle, sofa, twister, or sting rays.

Snorkeling around small fish

Can I go scuba diving in Skala Potamia?

Yes, there are two diving centers in the southern part of Golden Beach. You will find one inside the village and the other two hundred meters to the north, in the area with the restaurants. You can choose between several activities in either store, some of which are ideal for kids.

If you want to learn more, here is a guide on scuba diving in Thassos!

Sailing on a sailing boat in a clean day with views over the land beyond

Can I rent a boat in Skala Potamia?

Yes, you can rent a boat in Skala Potamia from the same places where you can join water sports activities. You will find these in the northern part of Golden Beach. You may also ask the personnel at the two diving centers near the village of Skala Potamia.

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


The southern side of Golden Beach near Skala Potamia

Where to stay in Skala Potamia?

Skala Potamia has transformed from a traditional village to a full-blown summer resort. As a result, you will find a wide range of accommodation, from hotels and studios to villas and private apartments. In short, no matter your preference, Skala Potamia has you covered.

The port of Skala Potamia with the museum building behind

Where to look for accommodation in Skala Potamia?

First, check for accommodation in travel agencies and popular booking platforms like Airbnb. Once you have chosen the best properties, reach the property owner or host directly to get the best price. You can often find their contact details from a Google search or Google maps.


Folklore items hang on the wall

What is the folklore museum of Skala Potamia?

At the edge of the fishing port, you will see the beautiful picturesque building of Tarsana. It started as a refuge for fisher monks from Athos and later became the home of Thassos president. Today, it is a traditional folklore museum that hosts several cultural events.

The sunrise at Golden Beach Thassos

How is the sunrise from Skala Potamia?

Thanks to its location on the island’s east side, Skala Potamia offers a splendid view of the sunrise every morning. If you are near the port, you may need to walk a few hundred meters north to put the hill out of sight.

Driving through Thassos with a car - Photo shot in Kinira

Can I rent a car in Skala Potamia?

Yes, there are two car rentals in the village of Skala Potamia. You can find them 70 meters apart on the road between the coastal path and main Thassos street. To get the best deal available, visit both stores and compare the options.

Alternatively, if you like to plan ahead, I recommend booking a car in Skala Potamia in advance so you don’t run the risk of not finding a rental.

Frequently Asked Questions for Skala Potamia, Thassos

1. What makes Skala Potamia Beach special?

It’s celebrated for its fine sand and lengthy shoal, making it ideal for families with children. The clear waters are safe, free from rocks and sea urchins. Plus, it’s a great spot for beach games and water sports.

2. How can I get to Skala Potamia Beach?

Skala Potamia is 10 km southwest of Limenas, Thassos’ capital. It’s easily accessible by car or local transport. The road leading there is well-maintained, offering a smooth journey to this beautiful beach.

3. Are there facilities on Skala Potamia Beach?

Yes, the beach is well-equipped with showers, dressing cabins, sunbeds, and umbrellas. You’ll also find a children’s park, water park, and rental facilities for paddle boats, kayaks, and sub boards. Several tavernas and bars are conveniently located nearby.

4. Is Skala Potamia Beach suitable for young children?

Absolutely! Its very long shoal and lack of underwater hazards make it perfect for little ones to safely enjoy the water. The children’s park on the beach adds to the family-friendly vibe.

5. What accommodation options are available in Skala Potamia?

Skala Potamia offers a variety of accommodation, from comfortable studios to luxury apartments. Whether you’re looking for a simple stay or a bit of indulgence, there’s something to suit every budget and preference.

6. Can I find dining options near Skala Potamia Beach?

Yes, a couple of tavernas and bars are located right next to the beach. They offer a range of refreshments, snacks, and meals, allowing you to enjoy local cuisine with a view of the Aegean Sea.

7. What activities can I enjoy at Skala Potamia Beach?

The beach is perfect for volleyball, tennis, and other beach games. You can also rent paddle boats, kayaks, or sub boards for some water fun. The clear waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

8. Is Skala Potamia Beach crowded?

While popular, Skala Potamia Beach spans a considerable length, ensuring there’s ample space for visitors. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best times to enjoy a more tranquil setting.

9. Are there any nearby attractions to Skala Potamia Beach?

Skala Potamia is part of the famous Golden Beach gulf, known for its beauty. The area is surrounded by lush greenery and mountains, providing plenty of opportunities for nature walks and exploration.

10. What should I bring to Skala Potamia Beach?

Pack sunscreen, water, and snacks for a day out. If you plan to engage in water sports, consider bringing appropriate gear. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery!

Top 5 places to stay in Skala Potamia Thassos

  • Acantha Suites – guest’s review: “It was amazing all the ways, as a place, very helpful stuff and manager Maria was amazing thank you all best wishes!
  • Meli Suites Isle – Adults Only – guest’s review: “Everything was more than extraordinary! The pictures reflect reality (or, I can say that the place is even better!!!). The accommodation has a beautiful view, next to an olive grove. The beach is close, with the finest sand ever, best sunbeds and delicious food at the beach bar, Stello Paradise (fish, traditional greek food, meat etc). You will find cleanliness every day at the accommodation and a great breakfast, baked with love by Ms. Gianna.
  • The 8 Keys – guest’s review: “We had an amazing time, the staff is very friendly, helpful, the suite is close to the beach and restaurants, clean and new. Definitely worth the money.
  • Perla Beach – guest’s review: “The location looks exactly like in the pictures. The cleaning is very well done, the parking lot is very large. The location is close to the beach, about 50m. The host is extremely kind and has an immediate availability when I request something. Each room has its own WiFi router. The accommodation was far beyond expectations, and the host exceeded our expectations.
  • Meli Suites, Thassos – guest’s review: “The hotel’s location, cleanliness and breakfast were very good. The ambiance of the hotel was very nice. The staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. Even though we could not speak English properly, they helped us by using every means possible to communicate with us. Even though we stayed for a short time, it was very good for us. We will definitely come again for a longer holiday.


I hope this condensed guide about Skala Potamia proves helpful.

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

Are you looking forward to exploring this cosmopolitan village?

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

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Remember, visiting Skala Potamia is among the Top 21 Reasons to visit Thassos

To explore more, check out these Top 17 Day Trip Ideas in Thassos.

If you’re convinced you should visit Skala Potamia 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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