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| Limenaria is a beautiful town that sits just 42 kilometres from Thassos Town and 24 kilometres from the port of Skala Prinos. It is the second largest town on Thassos and it is located on the Southwest coast of the island facing the majestic Mt. Athos across the sea. It forms a community together with the neighboring village of Kalivia. |
Limenaria has become a very popular holiday destination that has retained much of its Greek traditions and unique local culture. The tourists enjoy the large selection of tavernas and restaurants that serve delicious greek cuisine throughout town and along the coast. Also there are plenty of excellent cafés, bars, shops and souvenir stands in almost every direction where one can stroll through the village and appreciate the simplicity of life that the locals know and cherish.
Limenaria has a small harbor and plenty of sandy beaches.
When visiting Limenaria one has many options during their holidays that will keep them happy and entertained. There are many beaches to choose from depending on how far along the coast you would like to travel. Right in town next to the port there is a very small and sandy beach with parking area nearby and plenty of restaurants and sandwich shops.
A little further West you will come to Limenaria's very long beach that stretches for about 2 km. It's a beach of sand, pebbles and sheet rock, some parts being better than others. Right past this beach on the West side is a very sandy and much nicer one called Tripiti Beach.
If you travel East from Limenaria you will find the beach of Metalia, a picturesque beach of sand and smooth rock which is also where the miners left much for us to explore today. About 2.5 kilometres from Limenaria you can find the small beach resort town of Pefkari . A bit further East, 4 kilometres from Limenaria, you will find another long and sandy beach in Potos .
The town itself has a very interesting history that didn't actually become significant until the early 20th century when the nearby minerals began being exploited by the German company Speidel between 1905 and 1912. The mines were rich of calamine deposits, a common ore of zinc. Mining continued in 1925 by Vielle Montagne until 1930, who in 1926 rebuilt the calcination plant with then-new rotary furnaces.
The office building of the mining company Speidel was built on a hilltop by the coast East of Limenaria. The building is called "Palataki", it sits up high overlooking the town and it catches every visitor's eye. Underneath of it there is an old mine in which today you may go inside and tour. There is a folklore museum nearby with lots to see as well as a small private museum "Papageorgiou".
A small sandy beach right in town.
Palataki can be seen in the distance on a hilltop.
A walkway along the Aegean coast in Limenaria
Along with the growth of the mining industry, so came the need to meet the housing needs of the workers. The population of the area boomed during this time period due to a few factors. One is the inhabitants of the medieval mountain village of Kastro moved to Limenaria for work, abandoning the village that had become too distant from the rest of the world. Another major factor for the increase in population was the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923 that was stipulated by the Treaty of Lausanne. Many Greek refugees from Asia Minor forcibly left their homes and moved to Greece, some of them coming here and bringing with them their different culture, ideas, creativity and life to the community. Most of the refugees moved to what now is Kalivia and built their huts there. This is how the village got its name. "Kaliv" in English translation means "Hut".