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Potamia - Skala Potamias

Potamia is one of the most known small villages of the island. Build on the foothills of the tallest mountain of Thassos, it offers a spectacular verdurous scenery with intense vegetation. The lovers of hitchhiking will find in this village an ideal path, literally stuffed in green, leading up to the mountain and to the conquest of it’s tallest peek, Ypsario.

Most of the village houses are out of stone with wooden roofs, and two churches, towering over the village, mostly that of Sts. Anargyron that given it’s wonderful location on the mountain foothills, offers a unique tranquility and majesty with sounds of running creeks and singing birds.

In the winter, due to the high altitude the scenery changes from all green to all white from the intense snowfall that covers the surrounding mountaintops and many times, the settlement itself.

One of the most important sights of the village is the museum of the famous sculptor Polygnotou Vagi, founded in his honor in his home village.

Two to three kilometers from Potamia is Skala Potamia, which is the seashore portion of the village. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and clear waters, it is a place of attraction for tourists every summer. The cove of Skala Potamia, also known as Hrisi Akti (Golden Beach) is among the most beautiful in the island, due to it’s unique combination of sea and vegetation (in many spots the pine trees reach all the way up to the beach). In summer most of the residents of Potamia relocate to Skala Potamia, but during the winter the setting changes, leaving the area almost desolate with something close to 60 or 100 people staying behind as keepers of the area.

In front of the village’s small dock, rises the imposing building of Tarsanas, build in the 19th century by monks of Agio Oros. The location is ideal for summer night walks around the dock and the village square.

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