Alonnisos (sometimes spelled as Alonissos) belongs to the islands of the Sporades. Although it is very close to Skopelos and Skiathos, Alonnisos is less inhabited and less visited so this is your place if you are looking for holiday in unspoilt nature and you don`t mind pebbled beaches.
The National Marine Park of Alonnisos is among the largest in Mediterranean sea. The park includes Alonnisos and other 28 uninhabited islets nearby, and it is home to the endangered species like the Mediterranean monk seal, the Aegean seagull, the red coral, etc.
General information about Alonnisos
Alonnisos is 20 km long and less than 5 km wide. The island has three village with permanent population - Patitiri, Votsi and Alonnisos Chora, and they are all located in the southernmost part. The west and north coast are not populated and there are almost no buildings, except for a few churches.
Alonnisos is surrounded by many uninhabited islets and beautiful views are revealed from the main road.
Where to stay in Alonnisos?
Alonnisos is small and accommodation is concentrated in the south and east part. There is not much difference where you will stay but a car or bike is needed to explore the many beaches of the island.
Patitiri is the largest village and port, providing all facilities, but the old inland village of Alonnisos Chora is considered best for walks. There are a few more seaside settlements on the east coast called Steni Vala, Kalamakia and Agios Dimitrios. They are seasonal and offer some hotels and tavernas which operated only in summer.
Which are the best beaches of Alonnisos?
There is only one sandy beach in the island - Chrisi Milia, with very fine sand and shallow water. The rest beaches of Alonnisos are small and pebbled but the sea water around the entire island are characterized by extremely blue and transparent water.
Most of the beaches are easily accessible by car, especially on the east coast. Popular destinations are Rousoum Gialos, Agios Dimitrios. Leftos Gialos, Megalos Mourtias and Kokkinokastro. In the summe rthey all have sunbeds and parasols to rent, and Kokkinokastro is known for the reddish color of the pebbles and the surrounding rocks.
What to do in Alonnisos?
Alonnisos is suitable for tranquil holidays by the beach and hiking. There are no archeological sites. The list of interesting things to visit and do in Alonnisos includes:
- Walk in the old part of Alonnisos Chora
- Walk and lunch at the small harbor of Votsi - there are tavernas and cafes with magnificent views
- Boat trip to the Blue Cave of Alonnisos
- Boat trip to the National Marine Park of the island
- Boat trip to the shipwreck in the uninhabited islet of Peristera
- Boat trip to the island of Kyra Panagia and its operating monastery
How to get to Alonnisos?
Alonnisos has no airport, the closest is the airport of Skiathos. There are daily ferry connections with the port of Volos and the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos.
By ferry you can reach Alonnisos via the following routes:
- From Volos to Alonnisos, all year round
- From Agios Konstantinos (mainland Greece) to Alonnisos, only in summer
- From Mantoudi (Evia) to Alonnisos, only in summer
In the summer season there is also a ferry from Thessaloniki which runs a few times weekly.