Forest roads closed due to fire risk
Just read that authorities have closed the road to Marble beach and other forest roads due to a high risk of fires.
FYI on Friday, 17 August, I used the dirt roads to go to Vathi Beach - the roads were open.
The Fire Department of Thassos assesses the weather conditions on the island and, if they deem there's a high fire risk, they close these dirt roads.
After the tragedy in Athens this summer, Greek authorities are stepping up efforts to prevent fires around the country. This is one method they are using.
No worries though, there are pleeeenty of other beaches you can visit around Thassos if and when this happens while you're here
I usually don't believe weather forecasts more than 5 days into the future so I can't confirm or deny what you see for next week. What I do see is the dry heat will be sticking around till Saturday, at least. After that, well, it's anybody's guess.
Did you go to the Honey festival? I would've liked to have been there for that
I didn't make it to the Honey Festival this year, unfortunately.
However, I did make it to the Pontiac Folk Dance Festival in Limenas this past Saturday night, which takes place once every mid-August. It was a lot of fun!
Finally, I've been asked to inform our visitors that Sky Lanterns are strictly forbidden and their release carries serious penalties. Please do not release any Sky Lanterns into the air during your stay on Thassos. Help us protect the island's forests from preventable fires. Thank you!
thanks for the road updates, we are actually sat discussing where we won’t be able to go next week. How likely is it that we will be able to go to giola?
I have passed that message on as quite important and I personally would not walk the firebreaks in this situation
Unfortunately yes, Leanne. I've seen Sky Lanterns floating in the distance on several occasions. It looks very cute and romantic, but the risk outweighs its cuteness.
The road to Giola is not affected by the restrictions so it's 100% likely you will be able to go there!
I’m sat here eating my toast before I go out in the pouring rain thinking that this time next week we will be preparing to land in Kavala 😀😀 into nice hot sunshine, but I guess my pleasure is a little apprehensive for people living over there ☹️☹️
Lajos, please follow Ellena's advice and call the police station or the fire station for the latest accurate information. I believe the roads are open today because I was not informed of any closures. Have fun, where ever you go today!