Small and Big Kazaviti, Thassos: Two unique villages at the mountainous inland of the island
Small and Big Kazaviti, Thassos are two neighbouring villages at the island’s inland. They are about 4 km away from Prinos at a great height.
Small and Big Kazaviti, Thassos are two of the prettiest villages of the island and of the whole Northern Greece. They are built the one opposite to the other, at an overgrown area, on the slopes of two mountains that create an all-green valley at the point they unite which extends until the edge of the beach and unites the mountain with the sea.
Small Kazaviti, Thassos
Following the road from Prinos, we firstly meet Small Kazaviti, with the beautiful stone picturesque church of Saint George, dating from 1815. Its architecture is unique, with a distinctive roof made by slates, but also at its yard with the dense vegetation of high cypresses.
Around Small Kazaviti, Thassos, nature is harmonious with small stone houses. Lindens, chestnuts, pines and very high oaks are harmonious with the environment and combined with the amazing view to the sea offer a natural spot where you can survey the sea and dream.
An old dirt road out of Small Kazaviti, which was recently paved and became accessible, leads to the top of the mountain and the cloister of Saint Panteleimonas that is constructed on a slope. The cloister, dating from 1843, offers great view to the port of Prinos and the sea. We would not exaggerate to say this is breathtaking view, even the best of Thassos Island.
Big Kazaviti, Thassos
Passing through the houses of Small Kazaviti, we drive to Big Kazaviti through an overgrown road. What one sees when entering the village, compensates even the most demanding visitor, providing unforgettable scenery. Walnuts, pine and platans just next to traditional two-storey houses, with roofs made by slates and tiles and their distinctive tall stone chimneys.
A small gorge with water and dense vegetation of broad-leaved age-long platans leads to the central square of the village, which is full of small traditional taverns around the central platan. During the summer, due to the shadow of platans and the nice small taverns, the area turns into a cool oasis, full of smells and tastes.
From the central square of Big Kazaviti begin all paved streets that cross-over in the neighbourhoods of the village with their distinctive fountains. Following one of those streets we shall find the old church, dedicated to the Twelve Apostles, dating from 19th century. It is worthy of note in the church the painted pulpit, the high bell tower with the wooden stairs, the woodcut roof and the chapel of Zoodohos Pigi. Few meters away there are the remains of the first school of the area.
Small and Big Kazaviti, Thassos, are two separate villages with common history and discrete beauty. When visiting Thassos, a quick escape from the beautiful beaches to the mountainous inland and to Small and Big Kazaviti is a unique experience you will remember for many years.