SKALA POTAMIAS, or SKALA POTAMIA, lies on the east coast of Thassos about 10km from the main port resort at Limenas and located at the more popular southern end of the long stretch of sand known as Golden Beach.
Skala Potamias is very popular with UK holiday companies and the resort has grown considerably in recent years. The dust appears to have settled on most new building and the result is a rather straggling resort, with apartments dotted here and there.
The beach at Skala Potamias is a large triangle of white, gritty sand. A small harbour lies to the south and an avenue of tavernas and cafes sits behind. Attempts to cash on visiting families is much in evidence with even dodgems along the back of the beach when I last visited.
There are the usual sunbeds and watersports, although the latter are still relatively low key. The sand at Skala Potamias banks rather steeply into the sea so children must be watched, but this is still a reasonably safe beach.
The beach narrows as it heads north toward the far end of Golden Beach some 2km away at Skala Panagia. As the sand thins it turns to stone and grit, then to rocks along the shore where it virtually disappears as it meets the tarmac road. The beach broadens again and rapidly becomes more sandy as it approaches the far end of Golden Beach bay where there is another small quay.
As visitor numbers at Skala Potamias have grown so have tavernas, minimarkets and trinket shops. The tourist development in recent years has remained fairly low key and Skala Potamias is still very much a quiet and laid-back resort for those who prefer their Greek experience to come without chips and karaoke.
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