One of Greece’s greenest and most gentle islands, Thasos lies 10km from mainland Kavala. Its climate and vegetation make it seem like the island is an extension of northern Greece, yet it boasts enviable sandy beaches and a forested mountain interior. Quite inexpensive by Greek-island standards, it's popular with families and students from Bulgaria and the ex-Yugoslav republics. Frequent ferries from the mainland allow independent travellers to get here quickly, and the excellent bus network makes getting around easy.
The island’s main sources of wealth are its natural beauty, beaches, inland villages and historic attractions. The excellent archaeological museum in the capital, Thasos (Limenas), is complemented by the Byzantine Moni Arhangelou, with its stunning clifftop setting, and the Ancient Greek temple at Alyki on the serene southeast coast.