Panagia, Thassos: The mountainous village with the great view and the unique architecture, where tradition is still alive.
Panagia, Thassos is the most traditional village of the island, with a very rich history beginning about 300 years ago, during the Byzantine Empire. It is 10 km away from Limenas, Thassos.
Panagia, Thassos is a mountainous village attracting the visitor with its stone houses with stone roofs, abundant running water and stone-paved streets. It is built on the slopes, offering breathtaking view to the sea.
Panagia, Thassos - the village with the traditional architecture of another era
At Panagia, Thassos you will find beautiful traditional mansions, built with the special and original architectural style of the island, roofs constructed by slate that exists in abundance in Thassos. The stone-paved circular and narrow streets of the village are also of great interest.
In relation to the narrow streets of Panagia, Thassos, it is characteristic that at some points they are so narrow that there is space for only a bike. Their construction took place at an era when there were no cars or motorcycles and the transport of people and items was made only by donkeys. In our modern era, the needs have changed, as well as the means of transport and it was considered necessary the construction of a bigger street at the periphery of the area in order not to affect the traditional character of the village.
At Panagia, Thassos, there are many springs, where the water comes cool and crystal from the mountain in traditionally made channels. The village has many fountains, among the traditional houses, where the regular sound of running water follows you even when you are away from the area.
Panagia, Thassos - sights of the area
When you get bored of sitting at the central square of the village, under the huge age-long platan, you may discover the surroundings. Coming from Thassos’ capital, Limenas, at the entrance of the village you may find the road leading to the sea and to an endless sandy beach named Golden Beach. It is a sea area between Pyrgos Peninsula and the island’s edge of Gamvousa. As all villages of Thassos, Panagia as well has its own Skala, or port, Skala of Panagia, 4 km away from the village.
Few kilometres away from Panagia, Thassos, and to the direction of Golden Beach, you may as well discover, after a short walk of about 15 minutes, Drakotrypa. It is a cave with stalactites and stalagmites, which remains undiscovered to its full length.
Panagia, Thassos - traditional festivals
A big festival is organized each year at Panagia, Thassos, on August 15th, in honour of the Dormition of the Virgin. The central road of the village is closed by the residents of the area and the visitors who come to attend the celebration of the Dormition, which is one of the biggest feasts of Christianity.
Another famous feast at Panagia is the eve of Agioi Pantes (All Saints), when the women of the village prepare “courbani”, which is boiled wheat with a special kind of meat. The preparation of this dish takes place at the yard of the church and it is distributed to the believers after the end of the Mass.
Finally, during the carnival, at Panagia, Thassos, a great carnival is organized. The habitants masquerade and start to drink, eat and dance before the beginning of the parade. The locals mainly participate at the parade with their costumes and their floats. Each float has its own theme related to social, financial and in general daily life. A characteristic of the parade, apart from dance and song, are the satirical poems and the participants’ costumes, provoking much fun to the attendants.
Panagia, Thassos is one of the prettiest communities of the island and this is the reason many visitors return here every year for their holidays. If you wish to meet the traditional side of mountainous areas of the island, Panagia, Thassos, is the ideal destination.