Heading west from Limenas we pass by some of the most beautiful coasts of Thassos like the beaches of Agios Vasilios, with sycamores, thin sand and the small chapel of St. Vasilios build next to the sea, Nysteri, Glyfada, Papalimani, and Pachi, with pine trees that almost touch the waves of the sea, reaching in the end Skala Rachoni, which is the small port of Rachoni and Agios Georgios (Vouz), located about 5 klm away towards the interior of the island.
Skala Rachoni has a port with a beautiful dock. From this point begin the beautiful shores of Rachoni with the endless beaches and the scenic fish taverns, but also the crossroads that lead up to the villages of Rachoni and Agios Georgios. They are two quiet, scenic little villages, suitable for those who seek tranquility and rest.
In the village of Rachoni, where lie many monastery properties of the Athonic State (the so called Vakoufia), classical mansions, taverns and small cafes, you will visit the church of the Assumption, built in the 19th century on a majestic site, between sycamores, close to a ravine with crystal waters on the edge of the village.
The church celebrates on the 15th of August at which time, after the service, the funfair of the Virgin Mary takes place, the infamous “Kourbani” of “Kloubani”, in which they offer veal casserole. The village is famed for it’s olive oil production, as well as it’s honey and walnut sweets. It is said that the olive groves of Rachoni, along with the ones of Prinos, are the oldest ones on the island and many of the trees are over 900 years old.
RachoniToday’s village of Agios Georgios, as well as a part of Rachoni, comes from a homonym village that existed in the interior of the island, in a site unreachable to pirate raids. Later on, when the raiding dangers had past, the inhabitants resettled to the village’s current location. It was in that village of Agios Georgios (and not the present one) that Mohamed Ali was raised, by a greek family. There also lied the old church of St. Georgios. The village people constructed later a new, stone-built church to St. Georgios, in the location of the old one.