Amazing 7 days holiday on the beautiful island of Thassos, Greece
Day 1, Tuesday 25 August 2015: Transit from Romania-Bulgaria-Greece
We’ve started our journey in Bucharest, at 3am in the morning. We’ve been delayed at Ruse because the bridge across Danube had some road works going on and only one way was in use. A 10 minutes crossing became 1h30min-waiting queue. We continued our route through Bulgaria to Thassos, our final destination.
I was the co-pilot, and my main duty was to keep the driver awake, and make sure we don’t get lost as it happened in the summer holiday of 2011. I have to admit that I kind of failed at this task. I ate all the sandwiches and slept most of the way. We used Navmii GPS software and we had a printed version of the route, so slim chances of getting lost this time. After nearly 9 h we’ve reached Makaza, the new border crossing point into Greece. One hour waiting time to cross the border and another 2 hours on the motorway to Keramoti from where we supposed to take the ferryboat to Thassos.
Luckily we arrived just in time and as soon as we boarded the ferryboat sailed away.
We arrived in Thassos at 4pm. The sun was up and shining brightly.
Before anything we had to find a place to sleep. The first stop was the villa Emilia where we used to stay a few years back. The owner said that unfortunately she is having just one room available for €55 (we were 3 couples some with kids). Check out the video from last summer holiday in Thassos.
Our quest for finding a place to sleep continued. We asked around, but despite the island being almost deserted we were not able to find three rooms to stay for 7 days.
Some places were asking for 80, 110, 120€/night with breakfast included but our requirements were slightly different. The place must have been near the beach, where we all could stay together as one group, with a BBQ that we could use and not too expensive to break the bank.
After 2 hours of running around we’ve met an English family that bought a house on the island and were kind enough to make a few phone calls and helped us finding a place to sleep. This is how we ended up talking to the owner/administrator of Studious Lazaridi.
Initially she said that only one room was available for unlimited stay and the other two available only for a day. The rooms were nice and clean with 3 or 4 beds, small kitchenette and shower room for only 40€/night, very close to the beach and a shared BBQ, not far from the villa.
The only problem was that two of the rooms were available for only one night and we wanted to stick together as a group. The neighbors at Olgas’s Place had one bedroom studio available for 40€/night where in theory 5 people could have slept. An urgent committee meeting was invoked to decide what to do.
Our meeting was interrupted by the owner/administrator of Lazaridi Studios who agreed to give us all 3 rooms for 40€/night each.
We said yes straight away in case she might change her mind!
The first day in Thassos ended with a swim in the sea after sunset and a nice dinner at Sakis Tavern boosting with traditional food: Greek salad, octopus, tzatziki, lamb etc.
Before I went to bed I set-up my camera on the table in the balcony for the star trails capture.
Day 2, Wednesday: Full Day on the Beach in Skala Rachoni
Around 10am I was still in bed sleeping. I thought I am dreaming about people shouting and slamming doors and speaking English with a Russian accent. I didn’t pay much attention and continued sleeping. After I finally decided to wake up I found out that the people supposedly reserved the two studio apartments showed up and were not happy when they were told that their rooms are gone. Oops! It wasn’t fair for them but business is business. That’s why sometimes is best to pay upfront. The day continued with iced coffee on the beach from the Mediterranean bar for 2,50€. We booked two sun beds and one umbrella for 5€/all day. Air temperature around 34 Celsius and the water warm. Just perfect.
We’ve made plans for dinner and agreed that we’ll have BBQ on the beach. We didn’t have the actual BBQ or anything to put on the grill. Kystoc, John and myself drove to the nearest supermarket and bought all necessary for the BBQ night on the beach.
While Kystoc was taking care of the BBQ, I set-up my camera for the second star trails capture.
Day 3, Thursday – Giola and Aliki beach
On the third day in Thassos we have planned to visit a natural rocky pool, Giola. In order to arrive at Giola we had to drive 45 minutes from Skala Rachoni to Astris. We parked on the side of the road and continued our down hill journey to Giola.
The sea was rough that day and the waves were smashing on the rocky shore creating a frightening and mesmerizing spectacle.
I was a bit reluctant to jump initially but after a few minutes analyzing the situation I did it.
It was great! If you ever go to Thassos, visiting Giola should be at the top of your list.
Last time we’ve been to Giola (2011) was late in the evening and we had a completely different experience.
After a few family group photos we ‘climbed’ our way back to the cars.
Our next stop was Aliki beach a few miles down the road, anticlockwise. Initially we tried to book a few sun beds on a narrow busy beach, but the owner asked us to order lunch from her tavern then we would have got them free of charge. We didn’t like her approach and we went to the beach on the other side of the peninsula. The beach was empty, with lots of sun beds to choose from, 5€ for 2 sun beds and an umbrella.
The beach was sandy and the only issue was that as soon as you went into the water the bottom was covered with pebbles. I don’t like walking on pebbles either, so I kept my sandals on. That day the sea was a bit rocky and big waves were smashing the shore, giving us a unique experience.
Later in the afternoon we decide to pamper ourselves with a back, neck and foot massage right there on the beach. It was totally worth it. I paid 25€ for mine, Izabela paid 20€ (without foot massage), Creatza and Simona paid 10€ each for their foot massage only.
The sun was setting down and we supposed to go back to Skala Rachoni because we had reservation for the traditional Greek night, at Olgas’s Place, the tavern next door to our villa. It was a total waste of money-very disorganised . We could”ve had a better experience sitting on our balcony.
Day 4, Friday – Marble Beach (Porto Vathy) and Gyros(Chicken wrap) in Panagia
Day 4 started with breakfast on the balcony admiring the sea and wishing those moments will never end.
After breakfast, we drove all the way to Marble Beach. The place has changed since the last time we’ve been there. We asked for sun beds to be installed on the beach. Shortly after, many more people followed our example.
That day we had so much fun in the water and on the beach. We played volleyball and I took the ladies for a photoshoot on top of the marbles mountains.
On the way back, we stopped for gyros (Chicken wrap), in Panagia, admired the moon rise and bought souvenirs for family back home. Before we left we bought some meat from the butcher for our second BBQ on the beach.
Day 5, Saturday – Skala Rachoni and Theologos
Day 5 we spent on the beach in Skala Rachoni. Around noon, I went for a nap and woke up at 6pm. For dinner we decided to try someplace new and drove all the way to Theologos in the heart of Thassos. At Stelios Tavern I had the biggest meal ever in my life. We ordered grilled baby goat but I forgot to check description in the menu and we end up with 500g of meat.
Day 6, Sunday – Skala Prinou
Izabela and I decided to spend some time together and went for a walk on the beach. In Skala Prinou we booked a sail cruise for the day after from one of the local travel agency. Then we spent an excellent time on the beach, drinking beer and eating grilled fish and lamb with various salads on the side watching ferries sailing away.
Returned to Skala Rachoni, I setup my camera to record a sunset time lapse and captured a few photos (iPhone) with Iza into the sunset, from the comfort of a sun bed.
Day 7, Monday – Private full day cruise around the island
Day 7 started early in the morning. Kystoc dropped us off in the port on time to get on board the yacht. We even had time for a coffee. It was so peaceful.
The first stop was after 1 hour and a half in a small golf not far from Golden Beach. the scenery was spectacular.
We had about 5 stops that day, one of them: Marble Beach, Porto Vathy
In between stops I sucked all the sun I could.
We ended the cruise with a chocolate souffle and ouzo.
We managed to get back to the villa by bus. It only cost 1.80 euros/person.
Most of the evening we were packing because the holiday was about to end and the day after we were supposed to go back to Romania. That evening we had our last dinner together at Sakis Tavern.
Day 8, Tuesday – Traveling back to Romania
9:30 am we left Skala Rachoni behind, heading to the port in order to catch the 10 am ferryboat to the main land. This time we mainly stayed on E85 (5) road to go back to Bucharest, but near Ruse we decided to take a turn and catch the ferryboat to Zimnicea. Around 9:30pm we arrived in Bucharest after a 12 hours journey.
The summer holiday 2015 didn’t ended here. Please stay tuned for “The 7 stairs canyon” …coming soon.