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THASSOS

October 14, 2008

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Thassos is a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, close to the coast of  Thrace and the plain of the river Nestos but geographically part of Macedonia. It is the northernmost Greek island. Thassos is also the name of the largest town of the island (also known as Limenas Thasou, “Harbour of Thassos”), situated at the northern side, opposite the mainland and about 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Keramoti.

Thassos has generally round shape, without deep bays and significant peninsulas. The highest peak, Ypsario or Ipsario, is 1,205 m (3428 ft) high and lies in the eastern half of the island, which is steeper and mostly covered in pine forest. The western half has gentler slopes. While generally mountainous, the terrain is not particularly rugged, as it rises gradually from the coast towards the island center.

Most villages were placed inland, as the population was chiefly engaged in agriculture and stockbreeding. Those villages had their harbors at nearest points on the shore, often connected with stairways (“Skalas”) and the population gradually migrated there, as tourism began to emerge as an important source of income. Thus, there are several pairs of villages such as Marion–Skala Maries, where the former is inland and the latter on the coast.

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