Charming as you like, Pefkari is a compact and captivating resort, sitting pretty among the trees at the edge of a pine forest.
Charming as you like, Pefkari is a compact and captivating resort, sitting pretty among the trees at the edge of a pine forest. On the winning, sandy stretch of south-western Thassos, it’s quiet and clean with a beautiful beach where watersports go on daily and with an abundance of places to eat and drink. One of the earliest tourist destinations of holidaymakers to Thassos, Pefkari today has a languorous, gently sophisticated atmosphere.
Who Holidays Here?
Young families take to Pefkari like pedalos to warm sea, making childhood memories of pine-scented beach days with sunshine and sand in plentiful supply. But it’s a resort to suit everyone who enjoys unwinding amid the glorious Greek gifts of sunshine, scenery and the scrumptious fresh fare of this popular island.
Hidden away among the pine trees after which it’s named is the appealing little holiday resort of Pefkari - pefkos is the Greek word for pine. Pefkari was one of the first areas along the south-Thassos, sparkling Aegean coastline to develop for the tourist trade and, in its early days of tourism, visitors would make their way to it by boat from the village of Limenaria, a little way along the coast. It’s lost none of its charm since then, in spite of there being sufficient tavernas and restaurants, beach bars and cafes to meet any holidaymaker's demands.
It remains a peaceful and relaxing place to unwind, with a calm, slightly cosmopolitan air. The beach around which it is based is large and sandy with a few pebbles. It’s well organised with the usual sunbeds and parasols up for hire, and a surprising number of watersports on offer. Clean too, like the waters of the Aegean lapping the shore, it has earned blue-flag status year after year. All of this make Pefkari a big hit with young families, who love its seclusion, its quiet and having all the facilities needed on hand. For the footloose and fancy free, however, sister resort, Potos is a mere kilometre and a half away, and here the nightlife, while not as hedonistic as, say, Mykonos, is the zenith of liveliness on Thassos.
Days away from the beach are easily achievable: head 2.5 kilometres north west to spend the day in the day shopping in Limenaria, or explore the old mine next to Metalia Beach. There are a number of other historic sites in the area worth visiting too, within easy striking distance. (See Things to See and Things to Do). Thassos’ capital town, Limenas, also known as Thassos Town, is diametrically opposite Pefkari across the island but still only 40 kms, or an hour’s ride away by the coastal road. Its main street has much in the way of souvenir shops, places to eat and nightlife. But don’t miss old harbour, the folklore museum and various archaeological points of interest. A 15-minute drive from Pefkari will see you in Theologos, a fascinating mountain village where the houses - including their roofs - are built of stone slabs. The village also has a worthwhile local museum.
Return to Pefkari to catch the sun setting over the sea and falling behind the hills, the shadows of green pines stretching out across the sand, and enjoy an aperitif in the warm evening air before choosing your restaurant or taverna for a delicious meal. Holidays here are about setting your own pace and taking in the wonderfully picturesque scenery, the fresh flavours of Greek food and the warm sunshine. Go on, treat yourself.
Things To Do
Cycling: Set off on a biking adventure through the olive groves and discover the breathtaking mountainous scenery. There are routes that will take you past monasteries, villages and ruins and give a fantastic overview of the island.
Boat cruises: Traditional Greek yachts offer itineraries which take you from Golden Beach to Thassos stopping off at smaller coves, beaches and villages along the way to complete a leisurely day on the water.
Watersports: Many of the beaches offer fantastic swimming and safe seas, along with great facilities for enjoying a wide range of watersports.
Horse-riding: One of the best ways to enjoy the glorious scenery of this fabulous island.
Things To See
Beaches: Thassos offers a number of beautiful unspoilt beaches and bays. Thassos Town, Golden Beach and Limenaria offer lovely beaches with safe waters and excellent facilities including beach-side shops and tavernas. Along the coast are some quieter beaches next to tiny fishing villages such as Skala Rachoni, with authentic Greek charm.
White marble: Exquisite white marble has been the island's major export for more than 2000 years, and many sculptures and artworks can be purchased all round the island. Trips can also be made to the quarries themselves.
Thassos Archaeological museum: The museum houses some beautiful sculptures, ceramics, coins and pots dug up from across the island many of which come from the ancient town of Alyki, dating back to 7th century BC. Enjoy this fascinating journey through the island’s ancient past.
Polygnotos Vagis museum, Potania: See the works of this great 20th-century sculptor.
Archaeological sites: The ancient temples dedicated to Apollo and Athena can be explored in Thassos Town followed by a visit to a 5th-century amphitheatre located above the town via a climb of over 130 steps.
Festivals: Try to catch one of the many religious and cultural festivals held throughout the year for a colourful and lively show where you will be treated to a display of the island’s folklore and traditions.