The Island of Thassos: Love at First Sight

Our family holiday is over. I told you we were going to Greece. We wanted a quiet, beautiful place. We got it. Actually, our expectations were totally beaten. My husband and I have visited Greece many times before and we know it is an enchanting country. But this year, we rediscovered it in a different way. On Thassos…

Thassos Island View

It felt like the perfect summer holiday. Because the island of Thassos turned out to be the perfect summer destination for us. I took a nice digital break just the way I intended, and instead of spending hours with either my phone or my laptop, I had fun with my family. We all had fun. Together.

I am sure many of you have been on Thassos – a gorgeous combination of sea and mountain. Still, I hope you don’t mind my sharing about our one-week stay.

The island offers something for everyone. Most importantly, it has the unique spirit of Greece – romantic views, narrow lanes, idyllic little restaurants, the irresistibly delicious cuisine, the soothing sound of Greek music, and the kindness of the local people.

Thassos_Limenas

I’ve always been in love with Greece and everything Greek. I guess, this is because it borders my country and its culture has influenced ours quite a lot. We Bulgarians are so close to the culture of Greece, we feel it, we are fascinated by it. To a great extent, we long for living the way our southern neighbours live. Because they fully enjoy life. Who wouldn’t be in love with that? 🙂

We stayed at a lovely beach hotel, Hotel Villa Nisteri. Beautiful place, sheltered between a pine forest and the sea, just a few minutes away from the main town, Limenas, and the ferry port. Extremely friendly staff, peaceful atmosphere, small non-crowded beach, oh! and excellent food. I loved their Greek moussaka. If you want to enjoy some tranquillity and escape the hustle and bustle, this is the right place for you.

Thassos Island_Hotel Villa Nisteri

A view from the tavern of Hotel Villa Nisteri

Enjoy the silence, enjoy the sea…

Thassos Family Holiday_Restaurant

A potato pie and a glass of wine…

Thassos Family Holiday_Hotel Villa Nisteri

Hotel Villa Nisteri as sunset

There is something magical about the sunsets…

Thassos Family Holiday_At the Beach

Let’s build a sand castle… and let Mum and Dad have a 2-minute break… 😀

Thassos Family Holiday_Mum and Child

Give me a hug…

Thassos Family Holiday_At the Beach

And a smile… 🙂

I am in paradise…

On the second day, we found this amazing pastry store and I literally wanted to spend the rest of my holiday there. 🙂 Two charming Bulgarian ladies work at the store, and their colleague was more than helpful, too. Allotinó offers a huge variety of sweets and treats, and my favourite Greek cookies. I am definitely in paradise. 🙂

Thassos_Allotino Pastry Shop

Traditional cookies (they are so buttery!), syrupy sweets, kourabiedes, and Greek fig jam.

Thassos_Archangel Michael Monastery

Monastery of Archangel Michael

The nice ladies from Αλλοτινό recommended this monastery and we couldn’t miss it. The Monastery of Archangel Michael is unique and it’s really worth seeing. Although it’s full of tourists, you can feel the spirit and tranquillity at every corner of this holy place. Built on a cliff, it also offers breathtaking views of the Aegean sea.

Thassos_A view from the ferry

One week has slipped away. Bye bye, Thassos. We wish we could stay a bit longer. Thank you for the dream holiday and see you next summer. My family and I fell in love with you…

Falling in love with Greece is easy. You just need to go there.

And Thassos… It was love at first sight. 🙂

Marina xxx

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14 thoughts on “The Island of Thassos: Love at First Sight

  1. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons says:

    I love the Greek Islands! We’ve only visited Crete and Corfu, but I’d love to visit others too. I love the beaches, the food, and the relaxed pace of life. It looks like you had a wonderful holiday – that pastry shop looks like a great find! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • marinailieva says:

      Thank you, Katy. I’d love to visit more Greek islands too. Oh, the pastry shops! They are one of my favourite things about Greece. 😀

  2. dearbearandbeany says:

    I have only been to Crete and would love to explore more of the Greek Islands. I would be setting up camp in the pastry shop too, looks amazing. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

    • marinailieva says:

      Thank you, Laura! The Greek islands are so exciting, aren’t they? Oh, and setting up a camp near all those treats sounds like a plan haha. 😀 xxx

  3. funkymrsknutts says:

    Marina what stunning photos! And that pastry shop!!! Wow. I would move in there!!!
    You look beautiful too, so slim and graceful, like a ballet dancer! I could only dream of being that slim and still eat cake!!x

    • marinailieva says:

      Oh, that’s so sweet of you to say, gorgeous Gems! Me, slim? That thought has never crossed my mind. I knew you were the kindest person on the planet. :* Well, I would definitely look like an elephant after a month or two around the Greek pastry shops (which actually happened once) 😀 xx

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