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Skala Rachoni lies in the north west of the island ten kilometres from Thassos town and has a transfer time of roughly two hours including a thirty minute ferry crossing. Skala Rachoni is a small, peaceful resort with a long sandy beach washed by crystal clear waters. It lies in a fertile area, surrounded by olive groves and spruce trees, and was developed as the harbour for the village Rachoni, four kilometres inland. If you are looking for complete relaxation by the sea while basking in both the warm sunshine and the generous hospitality of the local people, a Skala Rachoni holiday will fulfil your desires.
Skala Rachoni promises a retreat from the world, where you can forget the pressures at home and just lie back and relax. There is nothing to disturb the tranquillity other than the occasional sea bird screeching at the fishermen as they return with their daily catch. The beach is soft golden sand and the waters are safe. Traditional food awaits you in the tavernas and evenings are spent strolling along the beach and enjoying al fresco meals.
Skala Rachoni is very popular with families and couples looking for a place to relax in the sun. The beach provides wonderful soft sand for children to enjoy and water that is clear and warm. Couples can find secluded spots in the shingle coves around the coastline.
The season lasts from April to October with the hot and mainly dry summer months being the most popular time to visit Skala Rachoni. The beginning and end of the season, when the heat is less intense, are better times for visitors wishing to explore the hinterland and places of historic interest in the capital.
Skala Rachoni on the north-west coast of Thassos is an idyllic spot. It is a small resort where the pace of life is far removed from the bustle of modern day living. It is a fishing community as well as a tourist centre and the small harbour is filled with small boats when the men return with their catch. There are some excellent fish tavernas which serve the freshest of food. The daily catch specials are always delicious and extremely good value.
Skala Rachoni beach is long and sandy and offers good bathing conditions. Although there are areas where the beach slopes gently into the sea, there are others where this is not so and care must be taken of children and weak swimmers. In common with the rest of Skala Rachoni, the beach is a place for relaxation without any noisy motorised water sports.
There are mini-markets for essentials and the occasional beach and gift shop, but for a wider range of goods, a trip to Thassos Town is necessary.
Owing to its size and position, if you wish to explore the island, car hire would be recommended.
A Skala Rachoni holiday offers complete relaxation in pretty surroundings in a warm welcoming atmosphere.
Skala Rachoni nightlife is extremely low-key reflecting the family nature of the resort. Evenings are spent in the few bars and tavernas along the beach or in Rachoni village square with its pavement cafes and tavernas.
Skala Rachoni has very limited shopping providing essential provisions. Thassos Town, only a few kilometres to the south east, has a large number of shops supplying your every need. Popular items in the gift shops, so loved by tourists, include carvings and figurines fashioned from Thassos marble, brightly painted pottery, leather goods, embroidered linens and jewellery. Thassos is also famous for its fine tasting honey.
Skala Rachoni has a number of tavernas mainly serving traditional island food. Fish is obviously an important part of the island’s gastronomy but there is also a good variety of meat and vegetarian dishes. A good way to try traditional food is to order Mezedes, the Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, which includes a variety of bite-sized fish, meat and vegetables.
Local wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.