- Published on Friday, 13 July 2012 11:14
- Written by Angelos Giorgis
The village of Kallirachi is 27 km from Thassos and is one of the most historic villages. The village began to be built in its present location about 1750a.C and got its present name. Until then, the village was on the top of the rough mountain and that’s why the original name was “Kaki Rachi”, “Bad back”. The villagers had built their houses so high as to prevent danger from pirates. But when the risk of piracy began to eliminate, the locals abandoned their homes and moved to the foot of the mountain.
This is another picturesque village with beautiful dry and mild climate. It is ideal for mountain tours. In the area of the village there are beautiful chapels. The first is Agioi Anargyroi which celebrates on July 1st and many people come to visit it. The second is “Agia Marina” and it’s on the way to Skala Kallirachi and celebrates on July 17th. Finally, on top of the mountain you can see the magnificent chapel of “Metamorfosi toy Sotiros” which celebrates on August 6th and although the road is not appropriate, every year attracts many people.
Skala Kallirachi is located about 2 km to the sea. A picturesque fishing village that stretches along the sea in which, although devoid of hotel infrastructure there are many rooms, cafes and taverns. Also it is famous for its large harbor in which there are many yachts and fishing boats.
The beaches in the center of Kallirachi have fine sand and shallow waters, while in the region have pebbles and clear waters. It is worth mentioning that the last Sunday of July each year is organized by the local administration, the sardine festival, where crowds gather.