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The beaches and the naturist beaches on the island of Alonissos in Greece

Map of the beaches of Alonissos Most beaches on the island of Alonissos are pebble beaches, with the exception of a few that are a little bit more sandy, for example Vythisma Beach, Tsoukalia Beach, Chrisi Milia and the beautiful beach of Kokkinokastro. The majority of the beaches on the island are also not organized, and thus there are nu umbrellas or sunbeds for rent here. The trees that you can find around many of the beaches make up for this. In some more remote beaches there sometimes is still a small taverna where you can buy a drink, but it is recommended to take your own water supply with you if you go to one of the more secluded beaches.

Renting a small motor is ideal for visiting those difficult to reach beaches. There are many small bays with private beaches and plenty of beaches for naturists, including some beaches that are not so difficult to reach, such as the magnificent Agios Dimitrios Beach or Kokkinokastro.

A large part of the roads on Alonissos is unpaved, and here an SUV is not a luxury. For hikers the island of Alonissos is a paradise, with peace and places where the shade of the trees cools you down on a hot day. So after a walk and some climbing you sometimes find a completely deserted beach with a beautiful azure blue sea.

Agalou Lakka Beach

Agalou Lakka Beach Alonissos Agalou Lakka Beach is located in the northwest of Alonissos and is the last beach accessible by car via an unpaved road. A good SUV car is recommended, because on some parts of the journey the road is not very good. Agalou Lakka Beach lies in the area that is considered the most beautiful piece of nature on the island, just like the beaches of Megali Ammos and Agioi Anargyroi. Here in this part of Alonissos island it is unspoilt and very quiet. Opposite Agalou Lakka Beach there is a small island in the sea.

Agalou Lakka Beach is a small pebble beach and because it is so remote, there are no facilities. You'll have to bring your own water and some food if you want to sunbathe here. As I understand you have to climb over a fence and walk through a field to get there. It seems to me that because it is so isolated this is also an excellent beach for naturists.

Agioi Anargyroi Beach

AG ANARGYROI beach Alonissos The picture shows a view to Alonissos island from Agioi Anargyroi. This small pebble beach of Agioi Anargyroi is quite isolated and lies in the west of the island. The water is pretty cold up here and has a green blue colour. On the right hand side of the beach behind the rocks there is a cave to which you can swim to. However, you have to take a dive into the water to get into the cave. The cave is lit by a hole in the rock above.

The beach is named after the nearby Byzantine church of Agioi Anargyroi, which dates from the 13th century. It stands at the end of a cliff and from here there is a fantastic view over the Aegean Sea. From this church there is a dirt road through the forest that leads to the beach. You pass the ruins of a villa and a building with benches for walkers. To the left of Agioi Anargyroi is another small beach to which you can swim in about five minutes. This beach is called Tourkoneri and it is surrounded by pine forest.

Agios Dimitrios Beach

AGIOS DIMITRIOS beach Alonissos Agios Dimitrios beach in the northeast of Alonissos opposite the island of Peristera is a large triangular pebble beach which can be reached over a dirt track. An attractive beach bar has been built, mainly out of driftwood it seems, but don't expect drinks to be served cold until July when visitor numbers make it worthwhile for the owner to fire up the generator. There are sunbeds for hire on the south side but watch out for sea urchins. The north side of the beach is quieter but can suffer from some rubbish. Road access has been much improved recently and its quiet isolation is less assured.

Agios Dimitrios is probably the most popular beach of the island and also one of the prettiest. As a matterof fact it is concidered as one of the most picturesque beaches of the world. It is situated at a 14 kilometers distance of Patitiri. The beach is named after a monastery which has now been completely destroyed. Only its remains can be seen next to the main road.

Agios Petros Beach

Agios Petros Beach Alonissos Agios Petros Beach is located in the east of the island of Alonissos, at a 15 minutes walk from the village of Steni Vala (1 kilometre), where you can find various facilities, including a supermarket and several tavernas. From Patitiri, which is situated at 10 kilometres distance, there is a bus service to Steni Vala. The beach can be reached on foot, by car or by boat and it's pretty quiet.

The beach of Agios Petros is situated in a protected bay, surrounded by hills and a row of pine trees. It is a pleasant beach with some pebbles, but also with some pieces with just sand. On the beach itself there are no facilities but during the afternoon there is some shade to be found among the pines The beach takes its name from the Byzantine church of Agios Petros that once stood here, and of which now only the remains can be seen on the hill hidden among the bushes.

Chrisi Milia Beach

Chrisi Milia Beach Alonissos Chrisi Milia Beach or Chrissi Milia Beach is a long sandy beach on the east side of the island of Alonissos. The water is shallow the first twenty meters into the sea and it is easy to go into the water: ideal for small children. The beach is next to another beach (Milia Beach), which has more gravel. Milia Beach has no facilities.

Chrisi Milia Beach is situated about five kilometers northeast of the harbour of Patitiri. You can reach it by car, bike or on foot from Patitiri or by boat in 15 minutes from the harbor. The walk takes about 30 / 40 minutes and is worth it for the scenery. On the way you walk partly through a pine tree forest.

Chrisi Milia Beach has a small taverna and there are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, but you can also find shade under the trees. During high season there is also a possibility to do water sports on Chrisi Milia Beach.

Gerakas Beach

Gerakas Beach Alonissos Gerakas Beach is located at the very northern tip of the island of Alonissos, in an almost deserted area. Gerakas beach is situated in a protected bay, where boats like to take shelter when the wind suddenly starts blowing. The beach can be reached by boat over the sea, or by car over a tarmac road. The distance to the port of Patiriri is 23 kilometres and the further you drive the more rugged the landscape becomes. There are not that many pine trees anymore on this part of the island.

For a long time the Marine Research Station was located in Gerakas. They were engaged in the study and conservation of rare Monachus Monachus seal that lives in the area around Alonissos. Due to financial problems this station is now closed. The bay is mainly used by fishermen and the beach of Gerakas is not very attractive. There are no facilities at Gerakas Beach, so visitors should bring their own supply of water and food.

Glyfa Beach

Glyfa beach Alonissos If you are staying in an accommodation in Steni Vala than Glyfa Beach is the nearest beach for swimming and a place where you can find water sports etc. It is situated at the north side of Stena Vala at a distance of about 12 kilometer from Patitiri.

In the nearby village there are hotels, tavernas, mini markets and a camp site. Glyfa beach is a quite a large beach with sand and some small pebbles, and with clear sea water. You can reach this beach by car. There is a large parking close to the beach. There is also a bus service from Patitiri to Glyfa Beach and the journey takes about 20 minutes. The surroundings of the beach are green and it is not overcrowded yet. At the beach there are a couple of tavernas and you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas here. During the high season there are sometimes also small excursion boats or taxi boats that can take you to other beaches in the surrounding area and to the nearby islands of Alonissos.

Kalamakia Beach

Kalamakia Beach Alonissos Kalamakia is a small fishing village which is situated just north of Steni Vala. In the village there are a couple of very good fish tavernas that are directly on the sea. Kalamakia can be reached by car. There is no bus service to the village. In the village lies the small pebbly beach called Kalamakia Beach.

It is not really recommended to go swimming in Kalamakia because there are much better beaches in the area, for example in Steni Vala. Many people go there for sunbathing and a dip in the sea, and then drive to Kalamakia for lunch or dinner because the fish tavernas there are very good.

Kalami Beach and Kefala Beach

Kalami & Kefala beach Alonissos Kalami Beach and Kefala Beach are two beaches in the northwest of the island of Alonissos. One beach is quite large (Kalami) and the other beach is small (Kefala). Both beaches are remote and have no facilities (no sunbeds, umbrellas, taverns or accommodations). You can reach these beaches by boat. As far as I could find out there are no roads or paths leading to either of them. Both Kefala and Kalami beach are pebble beaches. Unfortunately I have no further information on these beaches.

Katerinas Vala Beach

AG KATERINAS VALA beach Alonissos The picture shows a view over Katerinas Vala Beach from the sea. The beach is accessible from the parking lot at Kokkinokastro, just like Tzortzi Gialos Beach and Kokkinokastro Beach. Katerinas Vala is situated in the middle of these three beaches. There are several paths leading from the parking at Kokkkinokastro. Apparently the path leading to Katerinas Vala has a fence in front of it and you have to climb over. During the walk you will have a wonderful view of the bay and you can see Tzortzi Beach lying in the distance.

Katerinas Vala is a small and quiet beach with white pebbles. There are no sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and there are no other facilities at Katerinas Vala Beach, so you must bring your own water and food with you if you plan to stay on this beach for a longer time. The beach is surrounded by pine trees that gives its visitors some shade.

Kokkinokastro Beach

kokkinokastro beach Alonissos Another beautiful mixed pebble and sand beach with clear blue water. The beach of Kokkino Kastro is named after the red rocks that surround it (kokkino means "red"). It is said that if you swim far enough you may be able to see the ruins of an old village under the water. Although there are no official nudist beaches on the island, you will find some naturists here. Take a snack or something to drink with you to avoid disappointment because there is no tavern or bar (in 2014 we saw them placing a cantina on the beach). You can go by boat in 20 minutes from the port or by car about 6,5 Km from Patitiri.

The beach of Kokkinokastro (red castle) is believed to be the place of the ancient capital Ikos. Around it are the red clifs and pine tree forests. Opposite the beach is the islet of Vrachos which is believed to have been connected to the island of Alonissos. The name of the adjacent bay "Vythisma" means "sunken", in remembrance of the ancient town that once stood here..

Lalarias Beach and Strovilo Beach

Blue cave Lalarias Beach and Strovilo Beach are two secluded beaches in the northeast of the island of Alonissos, not far from Agios Dimitrios. These two beaches are accessible by boat. Between Lalarias and Strovilo Beach you find the "Blue Cave" which is visited by tour boats that depart from Patitiri during their daytrips on which they visit the small islands that are scattered around Alonissos. The water is a of beautiful colour here and the people on the tour boats have the opportunity to swim in and around the cave.

It is also possible to rent a small motor boat and explore the coastline and the isolated beaches that you cannot reach on foot or by car in this way - (see Alonissos Boat Rental). Like this you can go and explore the Blue Cave and the beaches of Lalarias and Strovilo in peace and quiet on your own.

Leftos Gialos Beach

Leftos Gialos beach Alonissos During most of the time Leftos Gialos Beach is a quiet white pebble beach with nice blue and clear waters. There are two taverns open till late at night where you can enjoy local delicacies or drinks. As I understand the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. For those who like it there are some free sunbeds on the beach if you buy a drink at the bar (note: not all of the sunbeds on the beach of Leftos Gialos are free!).

You can drive To Leftos Gialos Beach by car in about ten minutes (7,5 kilometer) or by boat in 40 minutes from Patitiri. A taxi to the beach costs around ten euro (2013). The downside is that there are sometimes organised excursion boats, that are on their way to visit Skopelos and Skiathos island and than also make a stop on this beach, so their guests can do some swimming. During those hours it can get a bit busy on Leftos Gialos Beach, but don't worry: the tourists from the boats don't stay for ever.

Marpounta Beach

MARPOUNTA beach Alonissos The beach of Marpounta or Marpounda is located in the extreme south of the island of Alonissos, just below Vythisma Beach. The distance to the port of Patitiri is about three kilometres and the walk to this village takes about twenty minutes. Marpounta is pretty touristy and it actually consists of two beaches with golden sand and small pebbles, situated on either side of a small peninsula, and both surrounded by a white cliff. On the largest beach of of the two Marpounta beaches are sun beds and umbrellas for rent and you can practice water sports. There are also a number of tavernas.

Marpounta Beach is also the site of the large Marpunta Village Hotel and bungalow complex, which is highly preferred by the Italians. It can get quite busy here, especially during the high season in July and August. If you are looking for peace and quiet it is better to go to one of the other nearby beaches in the south of Alonissos, such as Mikro Mourtias or Megalos Mourtias Beach.

Megalos Mourtias Beach

MEGALOS MOURTIAS.jpg beach Alonissos A very nice pebble beach, with clear blue-green water, on the south west of the island, next to Vithisma. You can go by car or bike, leaving from the old village. There are three taverns, where you can enjoy lunch or drinks. It is a very populated beach because of its beauty, calm, clear sea and because it is near old Alonissos and Patitiri.

The beach is a favourite for the people of the Chora because they can walk down to it. The distance to the harbour of Patitiri is about six kilometer. The beach is shallow and so it's easy to get into the sea and safe for small children. It is also protected from strong winds. You can rent umbrellas and sunbeds but it is also possible to get some shade from the olive trees on the beach. Megalas Mourtias is a popular destination for people that like underwater snorkeling.

A litte bit further, a 3 kilometer distance of Patitiri, are the two pretty beaches of Marpounta, where you can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas.

Megali Ammos Beach

MEGALI AMMOS beach Alonissos It is for most people the most isolated, interesting place on the north side of the island. However, it is neither big nor sandy. Megali Ammos is just the name of a region with wild natural beauty where you will find a few beautiful unspoiled beaches. For some lovers of exploring virgin nature we recommend visiting this place. You can go there by jeep or motorbike because the road is rough. The distance to Patitiri is about five kilometer.

In this area, in the northwest of the island of Alonissos there are several nice beaches, such Tsakalia Beach, Gialia Beach, Vrisitsa Beach, and Mikros Mourtias. There are several small private coves with beaches where you can find peace and quiet. It is a bit more difficult to get there, and sometimes it involves a bit of climbing, but it is worth the effort. There are not many facilities in this part of the island, so it is advisable to bring your own water and something to eat if you want to explore this part of Alonissos island.

Mikros Mourtias Beach

MIKROS MOURTIAS Beach Alonissos It is a small beach with sand and pebbles south west of the island. You can get there leaving from the cemetery to the old village (this part of the road is not very good, but good if you just walk) or by boat. It was used until the middle '70s as a small port of the old village for the boat making daily trips to Skopelos. As there is no tavern there, it is recommended to take water or supplies with you.

One of the locals of Alonissos "warned" me saying "It is a very silent and peaceful place so don't be surprised if you meet some nude swimmers there". In high season there might be Greek families (from outside of Alonissos) being offended, but the locals don't have a problem with naturism here, because they are used to it. If you get a complaint just tell the to buzz off (like we would do). There are plenty of other beaches for them where they can show off their textiles The beach of Mikros Mourtias is backed up by olive trees if you want to get some shade.

Milia Beach

Milia Beach Alonissos It is a very nice beach which you find on the way to Chrissi Milia with both coloured pebbles and sand, and with clear blue water. The beach is surrounded by the pine tree forest and pretty rocks. The water is shallow so it is safe for small children. The beach is considered to be one of the most scenic of the island of Alonissos.

Milia Beach is situated about five kilometers northeast of the harbour of Patitiri. You can reach it by car, bike or on foot from Patitiri or by boat in 15 minutes from the harbor. The walk takes about 30 / 40 minutes and is worth it for the scenery. On the way you walk partly through a pine tree forest.

There are no sunbeds and umbrellas for rent on Milia Beach and there are no other facilities. If you want to lie under the shade of an umbrella or you want something to eat or have a drink at a tavern you can go to next door Chrisi Milia Beach.

Plakes Beach

Plakes Beach Alonissos This beach is mostly flat rocks which are good for sun bathing and it has just a small shingle beach area as well. Plakes beach is situated in the southeast of the island of Alonissos in between Marpounta Beach and the harbour of Patitiri. You can walk to the beach from Patitiri. The distance to the harbour is approximately 1 kilometre. For a description of the route click here. There is a camping site near the beach (at 50 metres distance, it is called "Camping Rocks"). The tents here are placed in the shade under the trees.

I don't have any more information on this beach. There are no facilities here (no taverna, no sunbeds, no umbrellas and no accommodations but the camping, for as far as I know, but pherhaps there are some facilities that go with the I understand there is a small café and there are toilets here...). If you want to spend time on Plakes beach bring your own water supply and something to eat.

Roussoum Gialos Beach

ROUSOUM GYALOS.jpg beach Alonissos It is the small bay next to the hotel Ikion between Patitiri and Votsi. It is the nearest beach for swimming (5 minute walk from the hotel). There is a café and there are three taverns, where you can find fresh fish and seafood, and it's situated in a pretty little harbour. The beach is not completely organised although there are some sunbeds and umbrellas for rent during the tourist season. The distance to the harbour of Patitiri is one kilometer. The beach of Roussom Gialos consists of sand and small white pebbles and its waters are clear and have a greenish colour. The beach of Roussom Gialos lies protected from the winds and there are never really high waves.

In the Turkish period Roussom Gialos was the port where the wine of Alonissos was traded and where taxes had to be paid. The name Roussom therefore has its origins in the word "Rsum", which means "tax" in Turkish.

Sarafi, Anemomilos and Grava Beach

Sarafi, Anemomilos and Grava Beach Alonissos Sarafi Beach, Anemomilos Beach and Grava Beach are three pebble beaches in the remote northwest of the island of Alonissos and they can only be reached by boat, since there is no road leading to them.

Spartines Beach

Milia beach Alonissos Spartines Beach is a beach that can only be reached by private boat or by foot (so not by car). Leave Patiri towards Votsi and 50 meters before the road splits to Milia and Chrisi Milia go into what looks like a truck depot. Go to the right just before you reach a house and take the steep road down through the pine forest. The walk takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Some of the parts you will encounter on your way will be a bit steep and take a bit of a climb.

Spartines Beach is located north of Votsi, at a distance of two kilometers from Patitiri. It is a quiet beach with pebbles and sand, and clear greenish blue waters. In Spartines Beach are no facilities, so if you go there and want to sunbathe, you have to bring your own water and food. Spartines Beach actually consists of two large beaches separated by a large rock, and a smaller beach next to each other. Because it is so isolated, the beach is frequented by naturists.

Steni Vala Beach

Steni Vala beach Alonissos Steni Vala Beach (see: Glyfa Beach) is situated near a small village on the north east side of the island of Alonissos at about twelve kilometres distance of the capital Patitiri, and it was once a hide away for pirates. It is a large and narrow pebble beach with quite large pebbles, overlooking the opposite island of Peristera. As far as I know there are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent during high season on Steni Vala and there are only a few trees near the beach. Most of Steni Vala Beach is surrounded by shrubs. On the beach there is a small hut in which the Monk Seal Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre is housed.
In the village of Steni Vala itself are a couple of taverns and cafés and there are some accommodations for rent. In the wider area there are luxury villas that are being offered for rent to the tourists that visit Alonissos island. Although the village of Steni Vala has developed into a small tourist resort of its own, most of the inhabitants of the village still still live traditionally from fishery. For hotels, apartements and studios in Steni Vala - click here.

Tourkoneri Beach

AGIOS DIMITRIOS beach Alonissos The beach of Tourkoneri on the West side of the island north of the chapel at Aghios Andreas is used as a naturist beach. The area is excellent for walks, because here you can see nature at its best. You find Tourkoneri Beach at the end of a long dirt track and it is a pebble beach. The beach is surrounded by rocks and behind it is the pine tree forest. This is one of those beaches where the first ones to arrive make it the kind of beach that it will be.

In the wider area or Tourkneri you can find several other unspoiled small pebble beaches such as for instance Agioi Anargyroi Beach and Megali Ammos. On all these beaches are no facilities, so hikers should bring a supply of water. In this area in the southwest of Alonissos the hills that you have to climb are not very steep and the paths are quite wide: the perfect piece of Alonissos for lovers of nature and tranquility that want to find a beach to themselves.

Tsoukalia Beach

Tsoukailia beach Alonissos At Tsoukalia, a pebbly beach south of Megali Amos, swimmers occasionally come across pieces of ancient ceramics, which must have been discarded before reaching the final stages of production. According to many archaeological researches, this beach used to host the ancient pottery workshops, which mainly produced amphorae to accommodate the wine trade. Some pieces of pottery found here date from 400 B.C. A large part of the surroundings of Tsoukalia beach has been appointed a protected archaeological site. The sand of the beach has a grayish coulour, with white pebbles and the waters are clear.

Tsoukalia Beach is situated in a bay surrounded by pine trees, on the western side of the island of Alonissos. You can access this beach (also by car) through a dirt path and most of the times it's pretty quiet. There are no sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and there are no other facilities (no tavern). Directly next to the beach stands an old windmill which survived in pretty good shape.

Tzortzi Gialos Beach

Tzortzi Gialos beach Alonissos Tzortzi Gialos Beach is the next beach to Kokkinokastro, smaller than Chrisi Milia but with some common characteristics, as it also has shallow water and a gentle decline into deeper water and blue green color of the sea. There is a tavern and you can go by boat or by car (6, 5 km from Patitiri). The last part of the drive goes down the hill through a pine forest. Tortzi Gialos is a popular beach, especially during the high season in Juli and August.

The long, narrow beach of Tzortzi Gialos is located in a protected cove and surrounded by trees, such as cypress and olive trees. You will not find any high waves here and it is an ideal place to go snorkeling. The first thirty metres you walk into the sea are shallow and you will still have your face above water level. This also makes it a suitable beach for families with small children. There are no umbrellas and sun beds for rent on Tzortzi Beach, but the trees around and on the beach provide some shade.

Valitsa Beach

Valitsa Beach Alonissos Valitsa Beach is located in the south of the island of Alonissos. It is a small pebble beach that lies between the beaches and Megalos Mourtias and Mikro Mourtias and it is accessible via a path. In the coast of the beach are quite a few rocks, so it's not so easy to get into the sea here. Just like the other beaches in this bay, Valitsa beach usually lies well prtected from the wind.

At the small beach Of Valitsa you cannot rent umbrellas and sunbeds and there are also no other facilities. If you are looking for sunbeds or something to eat it is better to go to nearby beaches such as Marpounta Beach or Megalos Moutias Beach, where you do have these facilities. These beaches are better. You head to Valitsa Beach for peace and quiet.

Vithisma or Vythisma Beach

VITHISMA beach Alonissos Vythisma or Vithisma is an isolated and very nice sandy beach in the south of the island of Alonissos, between Marpounta and Megalos Mourtias Beach. The easiest way to get there is by boat and it is always quiet and peaceful. Don't forget to take some water and snacks with you, because there is no tavern or snack bar and there are no other facilities (also no rental of umbrellas and sunbeds). There are pine trees around the beach for the people wanting to lie in the shade.

If you do not want or you cannot visit the beach by boat, you take the road to Marpounta Beach and watch out untill you see the sign that points to the beach of Megalas Mourtias. The path to Vythisma Beach starts here as well, but be warned: it is quite steep and sometimes it's quite difficult to see what direction it is going.
The beach of Vythisma is one of the best sandy beaches of Alonissos and consists of sand and small black pebbles. The waters here have a beautiful turqoise colour.

Votsi Beach

Votsi beach Alonissos The beautiful little bay of Votsi is located in the settlement of the same name, just one kilometre north of Patitiri. The walk to Votsi Beach and the village from the harbour of Patitiri takes about 20 minutes. The bay is surrounded by marble formations, streaked with red stripes and descending into crystalline emerald waters. The little shingle beach has place only for a few visitors and there are no sunbeds or umbrellas for rent. At certain times of the day though you can find some shade under the cliff that surrounds the beach and under the overhanging trees.

The beach of Votsi is a real jewel, accessible by stone steps descending from the main road of the settlement of Votsi. Opposite this little marvel is a picturesque, charming tiny harbour with a couple of lovely traditional fish taverns and little fishing boats mooring at the port. In the village of Votsi on the island of Alonissos there are a couple of hotels, apartments and studios that rent out rooms - click here.

Vrisitsa Beach

VRISITSA beach Alonissos Further north of Vythisma Beach, at about five kilometre distance fom the capital of the island of Alonissos, lies the little sandy bay of Vrysitsa (little fountain), tucked into a narrow inlet. A little tavern stands near the beach and there are a few villas in the area.

This beach which is situated in the northwest of the island of Alonissos can be reached via the road that leads from Chora and it can be seen from the road as you drive by. Vrisitsa Beach consists of dark sand and pebbles. In the surrounding are a couple of other nice beaches, such as Vythisma, Mourtia and Marpounta Beach.

Vrisitsa Beach gets its name from the fact that it is quite small and because the cove where the beach is located is surrounded by a green hill. The hill makes sure that the beach is quite protected and there is usually not much burden on the wind. Normally it is not very crowded on this beach.

Yalia or Gyalia Beach

Yialia beach Alonissos Yalia or Gyalia Beach is a beautiful small beach with flat stones and dark sand on the north side of the island of Alonissos. The beach is located in a bay nearby Vrysitsa Beach and it is flanked by a restored windmill, where you sometimes can buy a refreshment The beach is accessible by car or on foot from the Chora via an unpaved road. The distance to Chora is about 4 kilometre and the walk or drive over there takes about twenty to thirty minutes.

In the sea at Gyalia Beach there are some rocks and because the beach is situated in the north of the island there can be some wind from time to time as well. At Gyalia there is also a spring which makes the sea water quite cold. Summarised: a picturesque beach that you might want to go and have a look at, but if you are looking for longtime sunbathing and swimming there are maybe better options.

© Hans Huisman, Ikion Hotel, 2018
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