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Kallirachi Guide: 10 unmissable things to do in Kallirachi Thassos

by | Sep 23, 2023 | ThasosHolidays

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Although a small village, Kallirachi has several things you can do and see in and around. Here are 10 things to do in Kallirachi Thassos.

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If you are staying or visiting Kallirachi in Thassos, you may wonder about activities in Kallirachi.

Although it is a small village, there are several things you can do and see in and around Kallirachi.

Here are some suggestions

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1. Explore the Village

Kallirachi square

Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of Kallirachi and admire the traditional Greek architecture. Discover charming houses, colorful flowers, and local shops.

As you can already see in my comprehensive Thassos guide, Kallirachi is one of the most scenic and quiet villages in the island.

2. Visit the Chappel of Panagia

chapel Panagia Kallirachi

This beautiful chappel is the jewel of Kallirachi. Step inside to admire the ornate interior and learn about the religious traditions of the area. And remember to appreciate the sheer beauty of the green surroundings. 

Spending time in Nature around the village is on its own one of the most rewarding things to do in Kallirachi Thassos.

3. Relax at the Beaches

Skala Kallirachi Seaside-Olive Grove Walk 6.7km Loop (1)

Although a mountain village, Kallirachi is located near some stunning beaches. Head to Skala Kallirachis Beach or Klisma Beach to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and soak up the sun. You’ll love those beaches for their peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

4. Go Hiking in Kallirachi: one of the best things to do in Kallirachi Thassos

Metamorphosi Kallirachi

The surrounding countryside of Kallirachi is perfect for hiking enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails that lead you through olive groves, pine forests, and picturesque landscapes.

Mount Ipsarion, the highest peak on Thassos, is also accessible from Kallirachi for more challenging hikes. You can view all suggested hiking routes in Kallirachi and Thassos in this complete hiking guide I wrote about the island.

In short, exploring parts of Thassos on a hike 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.

5. Visit the Traditional Chapel of Kakirachi

Metamorphosi Kallirachi

Take a short drive from Kallirachi to explore the charming chapel of Kakirachi in the area of Metamorphosis. If you’re wondering whether it’s a misspelling, it ain’t. Kaki means Bad, while Kali means Good. And Rachi means Hill. 

Pirates during the Byzantine and Ottoman occupations would attack the village, and the locals would move to the hill above the houses to defend against the invaders. Because the ground was so steep in the area, the pirates always failed to capture the hill and often faced losses. As a result, they named the location Kakirachi.

Kallirachi village

Later, the locals would move lower and rename their village from Bad to Good Hill, or Kallirachi in Greek. Today, Kakirachi is about 15 minutes drive or one hour walk through a dirt road. Once you reach the bottom of the hill, prepare for a steep ascent through several steps.

I guarantee that you’ll love the view from the top. You’ll be watching all over Skala Kallirachi, Klisma, Plaka, and Skala Sotiros, while you’ll have the modern village of Kallirachi right below you!

I think spendin time in Kakirachi is one of the best things to do in Kallirachi Thassos.

Tour the Folklore Museum of Kallirachi

museum Kallirachi

Housed in a traditional mansion from 1880, the Folklore Museum of Kallirachi will surprise you with authentic paintings, original furniture, and beautiful textiles. And if that’s not enough, the naval photographs will transport you into a forgotten era of fishing and carefree times.

There is no better way to know the intimate customs and traditions of Kallirachi locals in the previous century.

7. View the stone bridges of Kallirachi

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In 1750, after Kakirachi was finally destroyed by pirates, the locals moved to the current spot of the village. Because they wanted to connect Kakirachi with Kallirachi, they built several arched stone bridges with the help of Epirotes builders, who were proficient in the job.

Today, you can still admire their work and even walk on old intact stone bridges. Just imagine tracing the steps of 19th-century locals who used the bridges to carry water into their homes.

8. Taste Local Cuisine

kallirachi village

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the delicious Greek cuisine in Kallirachi and the surrounding area. Try traditional dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and fresh seafood at local tavernas and restaurants

Exploring the local food scene is one of the top things to do in Kallirachi Thassos.

9. Take a Boat Trip: top things to do in Kallirachi Thassos

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Explore the coastline of Thassos by taking a boat trip from Kallirachi. Discover hidden coves, swim in secluded beaches, and enjoy the island’s breathtaking views from the sea.

Remember to check local guidelines and opening hours for attractions and businesses, as they may vary. Enjoy your time in Kallirachi and Thassos!

10. Go Mountain biking in Kallirachi

Mountain biking in Thassos above Skala Kallirachi with views over the Aegean

If you’re looking for something active, you will love Thassos mountain biking in the terrain around Kallirachi. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Kallirachi Thassos.

But even if you don’t want to have a workout or break a sweat, you can explore the Kallirachi mountains on an electric mountain bike. The bike route to Sotiras is insanely beautiful!

You can even have these e-bikes delivered to your hotel for free! See the bikes here!

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Frequently Asked Questions for Kallirachi, Thassos

1. What is Kallirachi known for?

Kallirachi is celebrated for its traditional charm and scenic beauty. It’s a peaceful village with stunning views, making it perfect for those seeking a tranquil getaway far from bustling tourist spots.

2. How do I reach Kallirachi?

You can reach Kallirachi by car or local bus services from Thassos’ main towns. The journey offers picturesque landscapes, providing a preview of the village’s serene setting.

3. Are there any accommodations in Kallirachi?

Yes, Kallirachi offers accommodations like Studios Kallirachi, providing a cozy stay with facilities such as free WiFi, room service, and sun terraces. It’s a great base for exploring the natural beauty of Thassos.

4. What attractions are near Kallirachi?

Nearby attractions include Atspas Beach, Crusoe Bay, and Thassos Horse Club, offering a variety of experiences from beach relaxation to horseback riding tours within a short drive from Kallirachi.

5. What dining options are available in Kallirachi?

While Kallirachi is a small village, nearby restaurants like Coralli Fish Tavern and Kazaviti Restaurant offer delightful dining experiences, serving fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.

6. Can I bring my pet to Kallirachi?

Pets are typically allowed in accommodations like Studios Kallirachi, but it’s always wise to confirm with your chosen lodging ahead of your visit.

7. What languages are spoken in Kallirachi?

The staff in local accommodations and amenities usually speak multiple languages, including English and Greek, catering to international visitors.

8. Is parking available in Kallirachi?

Yes, free public parking is available near accommodations such as Studios Kallirachi, making it convenient for visitors traveling by car.

9. What makes Kallirachi unique compared to other Thassos villages?

Kallirachi stands out for its authenticity and untouched natural beauty. It’s ideal for visitors who appreciate a quiet, traditional Greek village atmosphere away from the tourist crowds.

10. Are there any local products I should try in Kallirachi?

While in Kallirachi, trying local olive oil, dry Troumpa olives, and pine honey is a must. These products showcase the rich agricultural heritage of Thassos and make great souvenirs.

Top 3 places to stay in Kallirachi Thassos

  • Studios Plaka – A vacation resort in Plaka Thassos. Where the green of olive and pine trees meet the blue of the Aegean.
  • Navis Luxury – How about having your coffee to the view of the ocean right outside your door? From the comfort of you vacation home, enjoying the sound of the waves and the majestic scenery.
  • Pine Beach House – Waterfront location? Check. Pine beach? Check. Olive grove? Check. Emerald waters? Check. And all these are just the tip of the iceberg of what you will experience in Pine Beach House. Read more here and prepare to be amazed!
  • Christos Apartment – Stay in a cute recently renovated apartment in Skala Kallirachi with a fully equipped kitchen only 200 meters from the beach!
  • Mario’s House – Featuring a terrace, Mario’s house is set in Kallirachi, within 2.7 km of Skala Kallirachi Beach.
  • Sunside House – Sunside House is a two bedroom, one bath apartment located in the beautiful seaside village Skala Kallirachi.

CONCLUSION

I hope this condensed guide about things to do in Kallirachi proves helpful.

If you want to hear of more activities, here are 101 thigns to do in Thassos.

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

Are you looking forward to exploring this traditional village?

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

Either way, leave a quick comment below now!

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Remember that Kallirachi mountain village is part of 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 Kallirachi 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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2 Comments

  1. Attila

    Hi,

    We used to stay a couple of times already in Kallirachi but the stone bridge and the traditional chapel of Kakirachi is unknown for me. Where can I find them in Kallirachi?

    Reply

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