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The island Alonissos in Greece
Like all of the Sporadic islands, Alonissos is very green with pinetrees, bougainvilletrees and lots of flowers. The Greek islands here look so much different from for instance the islands in the Cyclades. Unfortunately I didn't stay long enough to completely explore the island, but it appeared to be a lovely island suitable for making long walks and finding quiet beaches. Alonissos is one of the Sporades, a group of green, pinetree-covered islands in the north of Greece. I'm one of those people that made a daytrip from Skiathos, my base, to Alonissos and Skopelos. It was really the best day of my stay in Skiathos. The boat trip was very interesting and beautiful, sailing along the islands green and rocky coastlines. We even had an encounter with a group of dolphins, something that's supposedly not unusual in that area, but for us it was an event.
Though the capital Alonissos Town is conciderately smaller than Skiathos Town, I preferred it over its bigger neighbour. The harbour is very cosy, with a lot of trees and lots of flowers, and there is also a lot of people that hold all kinds of birds in small cages in front of their house. The terraces in the harbour were quiet, the food was good, and the people were friendly. There's not much traffic going on. On the right side of the town there's a small pebble-beach, and there are a couple of streets with some nice shops. What also attracted the attention was a big old wall in the middle of the harbour, that was covered with trees and shrubs. You can walk along the harbour and the pier, but there's also a possibility to climb some stairs and take a look at the town and the harbour from above. My friends made a walk to Chora, which is just up the hill from the harbour.
Patitiri and Chora
Patitiri is the main town and the first village you will see when you arrive on the island. It is also the largest village. The old village or Chora is situated 3 kilometers up the hill. Chora used to be the capital of the island until in 1965 an earthquake destroyed most of the buildings. After that most of the people moved down to the sea to Patitiri. A lot of the houses in the Chora were rebuild and repaired and it has become a hotspot for foreigners to buy their second home. From Chora there are beautiful views of the island and the suroundings and it is a good place for watching sunsets. There are some rooms to let, a couple of tavernas and some shops. You can reach Chora by foot (about 25 minutes) or by bus or taxi.
The island of Alonissos
Alonissos is an island which is part of the Northern Sporades islands, located in the northwest of the Aegean Sea and belongs to Greece. The island has a surface area of 64 square kilometres and a population of 2985 people (2008).
Alonissos is green with a lot of pine trees and it has not particularly high mountains (up to 500 m). The road network is not very extensive and it is located mainly in the south where the largest port can be found. The northern part is hardly populated and it is quiet. The capital Chora is like more capitals of Greek islands and it is situated on top of the top of a hill. In 1965 the island was hit by an earthquake and many houses were destroyed and later rebuilt, but many were not. Thereafter, a large proportion of the population moved to the coast and have founded a new village (Patitiri). Near the island of Alonissos there are several smaller islands off the coast and these islands are frequented by the monk seal.
You can reach Alonissos by hydrofoil or ferry from Agios Konstantinos, Skopelos, Volos, Skiathos and Kymi. Alonissos is the most serene island of the Northern Sporades islands and is not so much affected by tourism, which is growing slowly. The island is known for its natural beauty and its beaches. The beauty of Alonissos is also due to its dense pine forests that cover a large part of the island. Also oak and fruit trees decorate the island.
The old Alonissos (the old capital) lies 3 to 4 kilometer from the current capital and is built on top of a hill that offers a beautiful view over the Aegean Sea and the island of Skopelos. The island is known for its beautiful beaches and clear water surrounded by pine trees and beautiful rockformations. It is claimed that the seawater around Alonissos is the cleanest of the Aegean Sea. Most beaches are of natural origin, a few are connected. Some of the more quiet and the naturist beaches can best be reached my boat.
Alonissos Rent a Boat
Ioanna Athanassiou rents motor boats on the island of Alonissos so you can find your own private beach or explore the surroundings of Alonissos.
Ioanna Athanassiou: Mobile: (+30) 6945667301 Tel.:(+30)24240 66360/24240 65639 Fax:(+30)24240 65736 Off season, tel./fax:(+30)210 6397865 who rents out boats on the island. Send an e-mail to Ioanna in Alonissos
The Alonissos Museum in Patitiri - Alonissos
The Alonissos Museum in Patitiri, founded in 2000 by Kostas and Angela Mavrikis, is the largest privately owned museum on any Greek island. In this four-storey building, Kostas and Angela gave place to the cultural inheritance of the island. In addition to historical items from Alonissos, the museum focuses on weapons and objects used in the early days by the pirates of the Aegean Sea. To complete the image of this beautiful stone-built building, every storey is forseen from marble sculptures and paintings of artists who visited or lived on the island respectively still live there.
The conference room on the first floor is an ideal venue for presentations, trainings and meetings. It is available by the hour, half day or full day and can accommodate up to 50 people.Technical staff for the AV-equipment as well as quality catering can be arranged on request. The Museum shop is situated in the hall of the museum and is accessible without having to buy an admission ticket, as it is part of the public area of the museum. The Museum Shop is an ideal place to purchase elegant or original presents. Hours of opening: May and September daily from: 11:00 - 19:00 - June, July and August daily from: 11:00 - 21:00
Phone: +30 24240 66250 - Send an e-mail to the Alonissos Museum
Alonissos in the future
A new visit to Alonissos and the other islands in the Sporades is planned for the future, on which occasion we hope to take a better look at the beaches of the island. In the meantime there is already quite some information and pictures of the island of Alonissos on the website, so it's worth clicking on the buttons on the top of the page.
Hotel Ikion on Alonissos
Ikion Hotel offers 4 double rooms, 5 studios for 2-3 people and 4 apartments for 2-4 people. The rooms offer a fridge, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, safe-box, private bath and a balcony with a view of the sea.
The studios offer a small, fully equipped kitchen, fridge, a private bath and a balcony with a view of the mountain and pool, A/C, TV, telephone, music and safe-box. They can accommodate 2-3 people and there is a choice of a double or single bed.
The apartments offer a choice of two types. Those which offer a separate bedroom with 2 single beds, sitting - dining room and kitchen in a single area with a big veranda, and those which offer a bedroom with a double bed, a sitting room, kitchen and balcony. All the apartments have a private bath with a bathtub, A/C in the bedrooms, TV, telephone, safe-box and fully equipped kitchen. They can accommodate 2-4 people, usually families with children or couples who desire comfort during their stay. The Ikion Hotel has a reception area which operates on a 24 hour basis where you can be informed about all the things concerning your stay on the island, as well as anything else you may wish to know, such as car-rentals, excursions, tours, activities, ticket reservations, etc.
In the spacious lounge on the ground floor of the hotel you can enjoy your breakfast with the friendly service of the Ikion staff.
Tel.:(+30) 24240 66360 / (+30) 24240 65639 / Fax:(+30) 24240 65736 / Off season tel./fax:(+30) 210 6397865
Alonissos Hotels: Paradise Hotel - in the capital of the island
The Paradise Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the port, the shops, the tavernes and the centre of town. It is small, family run hotel with personal service making you feel like you're part of our family! The Paradise Hotel is sheltered from the harbour noises of ferries and hydrofoils. The Paradise Hotel is surrounded by pine trees and flower borders and is perched right above a rocky beach which is ideal for sunbathing, diving, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean.
The Paradise Hotel has 31 rooms, 13 double and 18 twin bedded. The rooms are attractively furnished and comfortable with private toilet facilities, direct dial telephone, balcony, airoconditioner, minibar, safety deposit boxes to rent and most rooms have sea views facing the crystal clear waters of the Aegean.
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Alonissos Hotels: Traditional stone houses - Villas and studios for rent in Agios Petros Beach
Traditional Houses Near The Sea is located on the bay of Agios Petros in Alonnisos, 8 km from the port of Patitiri. It offers spacious studios and villas, all with beautiful views and kitchen facilities. The charming complex is built in a private property of 12,000 square metres, which includes an orchard with fruit trees, almond trees and olive trees. Each self-catering studio at the Traditional Houses Near The Sea has a balcony or terrace with sea or garden view. Towels and bed sheets are changed twice per week. The property is accessed via private road and has parking facilities. Guests who own private boats can anchor them in the bay, which is visible from their private balconies.
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