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Thassos

Thassos, the island situated in the most northern part of the Aegean Sea, is characterized by its extraordinary landscape variations. Upon visiting Thasos, one admires the high mountains lushly ‘dressed’ in pinewoods, plane and chestnut trees and then, totally in contrast, sandy beaches with steep rocks, towering above the emerald-green sea. One can find picturesque villages adorning its mountains, and then fish villages, archaeological sites, marble quarries and olive groves all of which alternate in a wonderfully miraculous way. Looking into the history of Thassos, one finds out that it, too has a story to tell. It had been inhabited since the prehistoric era. It was colonized by the Phoenicians and later on, by the Parians. After that, it was inhabited by the Athenians, Spartans, Macedonians, Romans, Genoese, Venetians, Slavs, pirates and finally, the Ottomans until its liberation in 1912. The growth of the island relied not only on the abundance of raw materials it has, like, marble, iron and gold, but also, on agricultural products, such as olives and wine.