The ancient town of Thasos was built in the year 680 BC and was the hub of the flourishing cultural and economic life on the same named island of Thasos. Until the 7th century AD the island was prospering before it was totally destroyed. A reconstruction of the city seemed not to make sense at that time and became run down in the centuries to follow.
The first settlements can be dated back to as early as the 7th century BC. Ever since there were many temples and places of worshipping that were built here. Because of this many people felt drawn to Thasos and decided to pilgrimage here. The settlements were growing constantly around the cult sites of the agora and even further. As the town was a target of attacks by pirates and other aggressors, the inhabitants had decided to build a protecting wall around the town.
In the second half of the 19th century the town of Thasos was experiencing a growing interest by travellers, tourists and especially archaeologists. All over the island of Thasos, archaeological projects were initialised. The found samples are nowadays shown in a museum. In that time, a new quarter was being constructed around the harbour attracting more people to move here.
You can visit the town any time you wish and explore all alleys and ancient remains to your heart's content or, alternatively, you pay a visit to the archaeological museum and get to know the most precious samples there.
How to get there
To get to the town of Thasos, you first need to get on the same named island, which is well connected to mainland Greece by ferries operating several times a day. It takes approximately 35 minutes to get from the mainland to the island. Once here, you can start exploring the entire island, which holds many ancient treasures for its visitors.