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Limenas Thassos travel guide

Limenas, usually called Thassos Town, is the main port and capital resort of Thassos island. The name of the old village, Limenas, is gradually being dropped as the town grows into a more provincial resort.

Once rather noisy and dirty, Limenas has undergone a big clean-up in recent years. The harbour has been extended west so that marble lorries from nearby quarries no longer roar through the town centre and many streets have been made traffic-free and paved with brick.

Limenas town has about 2,000 permanent residents, mostly now involved with Greek island tourism. Flat fields to the west of the port have undergone a building boom and are now covered in small hotels and apartments. The Limenas town beach is to the east, beyond the old taverna-lined harbour.

Limenas has a pleasant enough beach, backed by pines and a row of beach tavernas. The sand is brought in by lorry every now and then as the beach tends to turn to shingle. It slopes very gently into the sea.

Limenas beach has the usual facilities such as sunbeds and showers. Toilets are found in the nearby tavernas. Behind the harbour is the old town, now traffic free, where there are dozens of tavernas, bars and shops, some of the latter more up-market than the usual tourist trinket and souvenir outlets.

There are notable Roman ruins above Limenas town, but it's a steep climb so you need to be fit. There's also the ruins of an agora (market) in the town centre and a revamped museum exhibiting rare finds.