Named after the Virgin Mary who is also the patron saint of the village, Panagia is one of the most picturesque and photogenic villages on the island of Thassos. Located only 10 km from the capital of the island, it is built into the side of the mountain, giving spectacular views to the sea, across the bay, and to the mountains beyond. Natural springs provide this village with pure, clear, ice cold water, they bubble up on the outskirts of the village, run down alongside the narrow streets where one can actually walk and follow the route of the water down. This is a particularly attractive, traditional island community, still maintaining many of the old customs and ways of life.
The village has attracted many visitors both for day trips and as a place to stay on their vacations for many, many years now, and, because it is a year-round community, it is attracting an increasing number of people to live there permanently. The village square is the focal point of the entire village, morning, afternoon and evening, summer and winter, where the locals and visitors gather in the cafés and bars around the fountains, drinking the locally produced ouzo.
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