Saliara is a tiny little white pebble beach that’s located on the north east corner of Thassos
island. It’s just 20 minutes drive from the islands capital Limenas
. Some people refer to Saliara beach as Marble beach but that's actually Porto Vathy beach
which is the next one along the road, they are very similar though.
Saliara beach is just 70m wide and around 25m deep at it’s largest, in the height of summer you’ll find a taverna at the rear of the beach serving food and drink, renting out sun loungers and playing music to entertain those on the beach. Some enjoy this but others say it’s too loud and ruins the natural sounds of the beach. If you come outside of peak times then don’t be surprised to find the taverna shut and the beach a lot quieter.
The beach itself is a triangular shape with rocks at either side, the water shelves quite steeply after about 2 meters into the sea so take care when entering the gorgeous turquoise water, it can also be rough here so keep an eye on any weak swimmers you’re with. This combined with the small stones under foot probably means that Saliara is not a great choice for those with kids.
Getting to Saliara beach can be a bit of a struggle, there’s an unpaved dirt road that leads down to the beach and it’s a challenge in the basic hire cars that you get on the island, a 4×4 or quad would make it a lot easier. Parking is a bit of a free-for-all at the bend to the rear of the beach and at the road side but you can usually find a space.
There’s no water sports and the toilets are behind the parking area so a bit of a walk away. There’s changing cubicles and showers too.
Saliara is a bit of a Marmite beach, some love it, some hate it. It’s definitely a beautiful place but some would say that that beauty is ruined by the over the top facilities, music and crowds. Others love having the entertainment and buzz of a popular beach in a gorgeous setting so how you feel about this place will depend on which type of beach you prefer.