Hotel Yannis is only 3km away of Krinides Settlement. The visitor can here make his daily shopping and enjoy the splendid traditional dishes. Krinides being built up by Mt Orvilon’s foot and having a rich cultural history receive people from all around the world since at Filippi’s ancient theatre, just before the village’s entrance, one of the biggest festivals of North Greece, Filippi – Thassos Festival, is carried on every year, during which performances of ancient drama are given as well as music concerts. Krinides is the capital of Filippi Municipality, which to a great number of small settlements belongs to with remarkable architectonical erections and wonderful taverns such as Zygos, Filippi and Palea Kavala.
During your stay at Hotal Yannis, exploit your time to visit the archaeological site of Filippi ancient town. On 356 B.C. the father of Alexander the Great, Philip the 2nd, occupies Krinides, get the town bigger and gives it his name. He establishes a royal mint that exploits the gold deposits of Mt. Paggeo and the town goes through a development. On 168 B.C., Filippi are subjected to Romans. The existences of gold however at Mt. Paggeo and the way the town was surrendered to them force them to give great privileges to town and it carries on its development and prosperity. On 42 B.C. outside the town walls the famous historic battle of Filippi takes place here among the Democratic Roman Forces and the respective supporters of Aristocracy resulting to latter’s’ domination that in parallel meant the end of Democratic Rome and the threshold of Roman Empire.
This historic town of Ancient Greece will become worldly famous for one more important reason. On the route Christ traced, Apostle Paul will pass from here along with his disciples Silas and Timothy and will baptise here the first Christian in Europe, Lydia, by the banks of Zygaktis River. At the archaeological sites there are still ruins of a reservoir where the prison of Apostle Paul was when the local Roman Authorities wanted to stop his teaching. On your tour at the area do not forget to visit the Monasteries located at the slopes of Mt. Paggeo with most famous that of Ecosifinissa a women monastery which accepts every year lots of visitors from various places of Greece. Many faithful women dedicate great period of their lives offering their services to the Holy Monastery.
In this area you can admire the ruins of three paleochristian churches, traces of Egnatia Odos (the road that used to connect the east with the west), the Roman Forum, Acropolis, theatre, episcopacy and a number of other remarkable erections. At the museum that is located next to archaeological sites you may see remarkable samples of that glorious era. Its collection includes marble statues, lots of vessels dated since 4.500 B.C. and a fantastic series of coins that cover all chronological spectres since the colonisation of the area by the Thassians up to the metbyzantine era.
The stone composition of mountain Falakro (limestone) and the closed basin of Kato Nevrokopi that is in the north contribute to the absorption of the waters from the rain and the torrents. On their way these waters create an oblong but not straight calcareous tube, which is the cavern. The morphological study of the cavern showed that along its main development axon expansions (rooms) and stenosis (siphons) have been formed as well as dιcor with stalactites, which is reduced from the entrance inwards, and some stalagmites due to the flow of waters that usually develop on fallen rocks. The bottom of the cavern is covered with mud hang up. A visitor today can be toured to the first 500m of this natural monument.
The history of this land is closely bound to Mt Paggeo existence. The veins of gold being at its depths made all inhabitants to treat it with respect and fight for its development. In nowadays at mountain’s most green slopes there are many Monasteries with continuous operation more than 1000 years. In parallel so this mountain as Mt Falakro locating just opposite it, have a great tourist development. At Paggeo’s slopes the Forest Village has been built up an ideal place of recreation and ramble. The snow-ski centre at Falakro’s tops will reward the winter sports enthusiasts.
The noble city of Kavala is only 20km away of Hotel Yannis. As a Thassians’ colony its history begins from the ancient years time when its port was radiating at North Aegean. The castle and traditional quarter of Panayia, the tobacco warehouses and the scheduled neoclassical buildings that function in nowadays as commercial centres and cultural haunts that connect the past with future. Kavala is today a modern city of 80.000 inhabitants that can offer you a number of services and abilities. It disposes one of the five metropolitan archaeological museums of Greece full of treasuries since the prehistorically Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine ears, spiritual centre and cinemas, full market, administrative authorities and a great number of Greek and foreign banks. In regards with your night entertainment everything is taken care by the cafe-bars at the picturesque town harbour, the beach bars at Palio and Heraklitsa, the fish taverns in Sfagia and many other small or big shops for all requirements.
Kavala has beaches of exquisite beauty. At east of the district Ammoglosa (Sandy-tongue) of Keramoti looks like an exotic landscape as it enters Aegean Sea. Inside the city you may see Perigiali, Kalamitsa and a little further Batis, Tosca and Palio at the west of city. There is also an easy approach of Nea Heraklitsa, Nea Peramos, Myrtofyto Acti, Almyra, Ammolofi and Orphani.
Being just half an hour trip by ferry and runs of every one-hour Thassos is a solitary proposal for one-day excursions. Its forest wealth is rarely met to Aegean Sea Islands. At every point of the island the nature beauties and beaches are for the visitor a challenge of senses and pleasure. The sandy or small pebbles beaches always remain the first choice of thousand of tourists visiting the island. Limenas, Skala Potamias, Alyki, Astris, Potos, Pefkari, Limenaria, Skala Marion, Skala Kalirachis, Skala Sotiros, Prinos, Rachoni settlements with unique physiognomy next to best sea sides.