La Giola
Astris, Thassos (Thrace), Greece
  • Natural Pool


La Giola is a spectacular natural swimming pool near the sea where you can dive from various heights (from 2 to about 12 meters). The water is transparent and clear, especially after storms, and maintains a constant temperature above that of the sea, giving a refreshing swim even to the most sensitive to the cold. A legend tells that this "hot" was created by Zeus to allow Venus to bathe in an earthly paradise. Not for nothing, this is one of the most beautiful natural pools on the planet.

Suitable for

  • Couples
  • Sport
  • Friends
  • Single


  • Large (over 80 square meters)
  • Daytime
  • Salt water
  • Smoking allowed
  • Parking

200 m far from La Giola you find a small restaurant.
The Giola during July and August is literally assaulted by tourists. If you just visit it early in the morning, around 7:00 you’ll be able to still enjoy its beauty.
Remember to wear a hat to protect you from the sun during the day, because there’s no grey zones, and bring water to drink and sunscreen.
Visit the tub after a bit of rough sea, which has taken steps to change the water, otherwise you could find the dirty tub of cigarette butts, food films, cans and litter.
If you have children, reach La Giola only in the afternoon, after 17. Before it's too hot, it is also not recommended for the elderly.
Bring food and lots of water if you intend to stay long.
Although the trail is steep you can walk by with flip flops.

The last part of the trail is unpaved, steep and very challenging, especially for aged people or for the less accustomed to the movement, the last piece of descent is quite steep and requires effort and focus. The same for the ascent.
Be careful to the heat, to sunstroke or dehydration.
Beware of the marble edge of the pool, because it is slippery.
If the sea is rough, it becomes dangerous to swim in the natural pool: avoid it.


Sono una ragazza socievole, amo viaggiare e gli animali.
Parlo inglese.

Visited in 2009



How to reach

Giola is located at south of the island of Thassos, the northernmost Greek island in the Aegean Sea (as the crow flies is about 10 km from Kevala, a major city in northern Greece). To get there just ask questions to anyone in the nearby village of Astris. It's a very popular destination.
If you have a regular car, you should leave it on the main road which is about 2 Km from the natural pool and then walk for about 40 minutes. The path is full of holes (be careful with rental cars) and becomes dusty, narrow and slippery but, if your car allows it, you can also reach the penultimate parking. Here, guests can enjoy a climb of about 700 meters to another large car park accessible only by jeeps. From the third car parking area you must then face the last 600 meters on downhill to get to the water.
There is also a jeep service that for 2 Euros per person will take you from the main road to the second parking lot, saving much of the drudgery.