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Thassos Island - Geography

Thassos is the northernmost island of the Agean Sea , located very close to the Eastern Macedonia coastline. It is situated in the gulf of Kavala and it's the closest to the continental Greece (8 km). Thassos is not far from Keramoti and the estuary of the Nestos River . It covers an area of 380 . At its widest part, the island is 22km from east to west and 26 km long from north to south . It has a circumference of about 100 km , being smaller than Rhodes and larger than Samothrace .

Acesta fotografie a insulei Thassos a fost facuta
din spatiu pe 10 aprilie 1993. se pot vedea si
insulitele Thassopoula (nord), Kinira (est) si
Panagia (sud)

Thassos is a mountainous island . The highest point on the island is Ipsarion , at about 1 127 m above sea level. After Ipsario it's Profitis Ilias peak (1 108 m) .

Thassos has wonderful beaches all around the coast . Some of the most important would be: Skala Prinos, Rachoni, Pachis, Glykadi, Papalimani, Glyfada, Nisteri, Agios Vassilios, Limanaki, Makiramos, Golden Beach , Skala Potamia, Kinira, Paradise Beach , Aliki, Thymonia, Astris, Psili Ammos, Agios Antonios, potos, Pedkari, Metallia, Limenaria, Tripiti, Skala Maries, Klisma, Skala Kallirachi, Skala Sotiros.

According to the climate, the ground morphology and the vegetation, the island is divided in two parts, northern and southern , by an imaginable line starting from Sotiros village and ending a little more to the south of Kinira village.

As far as the the climate and the ground morphology are concerned, Thassos is special in comparison with to other islands of the Aegean Sea . Almost All other islands have an unproductive ground at their northern part, as they suffer from strong north winds during the whole year. On the contrary, Thassos doesn't suffer from such strong winds and even when the wind blows it is usually north, of low speed and rarely south.

This fact is actually written by Hippocrates during his three - year stay on the island at the end of the 5 th century B.C. Regarding the rain, the northern half of the island is privileged, as it rains there two times as much as it does at the southern half. Usually it rains heavily at the northern part and moving towards the south the rains are lighter.

The island's climate is mild and healthy. During summer months, with few exceptions, the weather is warm and in winter it is not too cold. Hippocrates , who has been considered since the ancient years " the father of Medicine " left us valuable inscriptions on the Thasian climate. In one of his books he states that in Thassos " Generally winter resembles spring ". And so it remains until today. The average annual temperature is 17.2 o C and the average summer temperature (July) is 23.4.

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