Giola Lagoon Natural Swimming Pool Thassos Greece
On the beautiful Island of Thassos which is the top tourist destination of Greece, lies an unknown lagoon known as Giola the "Natural Swimming Pool" which is fixed into the rocks measuring 20x15 meters, located 4kms away outside of village Astris. This incredible Natural Swimming Pool is very close to the Aegean sea separated by a narrow strip of rocks, which while rinsing its shores with its waves, leaves the crystal clear water of the pool refreshed everytime and leaves the pool carved into a coral reef that rises above it. This place is unfamiliar and not that easily accessible to one who would wish to see it.
Giola Natural Swimming Pool Thassos Greece
Giola Lagoon in Thassos at Aegean Sea Greece
But since the pool is separated from the sea with a rock wall, the water in the lagoon is much warmer than the water of the sea, making it much more pleasant to dive in from a height of up to 8 meters. Although, it is a unique water reservoir, it provides a pleasant swimming experience. One can definitely love to dive into the pool from the natural rocky "steps" present on both sides of it as if they were build by someone and makes it enjoyable for swimming in the hot water to the point where the pool is separated from the sea or can take a sunbath lying on the flat rocks beside.
Giola separated by a Narrow Strip of Rocks at Aegean Sea Greece
Legend of Thassos:
The island of Thassos has many legends associated with it like the mythological Syrens who resided here, they attracted the sailors with their beautiful talent of singing.
Legend says that the pool was created by the Greek god Zeus, and Aphrodite went swimming there, hence it is also known as "The Tear of Aphrodite".
According to another Legend, this pool was the eye of Zeus through which he watched over his mistress.
That's why it is a wonderful natural masterpiece of nature, a gift from the Gods, and definitely a place one must visit when around Athens.
Best time to Visit:
Thassos is a wonderful place where summer is all year round and one can really enjoy diving, swimming and taking sun baths in its fantastic beaches. Before visiting Giola one must pack there bags with a pair of towels and their swim suits to enjoy the sunny day in a natural pool of this kind.
Tourists enjoying Diving and Swimming at Giola Thassos Greece
How to Reach Thassos:
By Air: Thassos doesn't have an own airport but is well connected to the Two International Aiports on the nearby mainland.
Kavala International Airport "Alexander the Great" (KVA) is the nearest (and smaller) airport and direct route to reach the Thassos Island. From here it is 15 minute drive from the ferry port in Keramoti.
Thessaloniki International Airport "Macedonia" (SKG) is the farthest (and larger) airport, 2 hour drive to get to the ferry port in Kavala and 2 hrs 30 mns to reach the ferry port in Keramoti.
By Sea: There are two ferries to reach Thassos Island.
Keramoti - Limenas (Thassos Town) is the shorter, faster, cheaper, more popular and most frequent route with a journey time of just 40 mns.
Kavala - Skala Prinos is the longer and slightly expensive alternative, but it serves the purpose well.
Also there are some Roll-on/Roll-off ferries which operate throughout the year and carry passengers, cars, buses, motorcycles, trailers, and those which has legs or wheels only to the Thassos island.
The one intended to view this place must take a journey through the dirt road which is about 3-4 km and then have a short walk.
By Road: There are 3 options to travel by road: rent a car, hire a taxi, or take a bus.
In simple ways follow the instructions given below:
*While coming from Limenaria to Astris, follow the road to reach Aeria Hotel situated in Astris.
*Moving further in your path for about a 100 mts a sign board is visible titled as "Studios Sirines" on right side.
*From here one must take the diversion to the right side of the signboard and follow the dirt road which would be badly maintained further for about 2-3kms to reach the extension.
*Now here one need to park their vehicle and walk through the dense forest towards the Sea, here one must follow the arrows painted on the rocks, and there it is the Giola Natural Swimming Pool.
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