Metalia Beach

Top choice in Thasos

Easily accessible on foot from Limenaria, this pretty cove features an elegiac retro-industrial sight in the form of a mining factory built by German entrepreneur Speidel in 1900. The ruins form an amphitheatre around the beach, with a colonial-styled green administrative building, sadly abandoned, towering above the headland.

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Nearby Thasos attractions

1. Folklore Museum of Theologos

6.46 MILES

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2. Moni Arhangelou

6.52 MILES

West from Alyki, past Thymonia Beach, is the clifftop Moni Arhangelou, an Athonite dependency and working convent, notable for its 400-year-old church …

3. Archaeological Site of Alyki

8.52 MILES

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5. Panagia

10.65 MILES

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6. Archaeological Museum

12.76 MILES

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7. Ancient Agora

12.76 MILES

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8. Mohamed Ali House

22.97 MILES

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