Alonissos


Alonissos is a member of the Sporades. It is in someways the opposite of places like Skiathos and Skopelos. It has very little tourism and that is the very reason for some people to come, the main appeal to the “target group”.

The island has an area of 65 km˛ und 2800 people living there. The old capital Chora was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1965. Most people afterwards moved to the seaport Patitiri. As a result it is now the “main” settlement.

Alonissos
Picture: © Marco Forante - Fotolia.com

In 1992 the first sea reserve in all Greece was declared around Alonissos. The idea is to preserve the population of monk seals that lives on the island.

Alonissos still is a prime destination for nature lovers and people who appreciate peace and quiet. Despite the destruction by the earthquake the old capital is still worth visiting. The narrow alleys are pretty. Since they are also to narrow for cars there is no traffic whatsoever.

There are beautiful beaches on the island. Among them is the very special Kokkinokastro. Literally translates to red castle. The name derives from the red colour of the earth.

Alonissos is also popular for people who are interested in homoeopathy. There is a sizeable institute for traditional homoeopathy on the island. They research and teach. The main reason for locating the institute here is the existing of a number of rare medical plants that are being used in alternative medicine.

The island is ideal for hiking. The countryside is versatile and interesting and the north of the Alonissos in particular is sparsely populated. Everything here comes across as if they are a little bit behind. No one seems to rush anything. It also has an effect on prices. Restaurants for example are considerably less expensive than their counterparts on other islands. Highly recommended is the tavern “Lobster”. As the name suggests they have a reputation for Lobster (among other seafood) that is served in a beautiful garden. The restaurant is in Patitiri.

The seaport is probably your best choice for accommodation anyways. Pension Ilias Studios in Chora is recommended though. There is a campsite near Patitiri and another a little further away.

There is no airport on the island. To get there take a ferry from Volos, Agios Konstantinos or Halkidiki. The latter is the easiest coming from Athens. There are regular connections between the islands. Cheaper are the big ferries, faster are the Flying Dolphins.

 

 

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