The beauty of Alonissos

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The Greek island of Alonissos
Alonissos Island - Greece

**Updated SEP17**

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Alonissos is one of the Greek islands hidden gems…there are tourists, but most of them are Greeks, hence it’s a beautiful island to come to for a real taste of Greece and her culture.  2.5 hrs by coach from Athens to Ag. Konstantinos to catch the ferry, then 5 hrs via Skiathos & Skopelos (of Mamma Mia fame) by ferry, it sounds like a long way – but is so worth it.  And besides, I always like travelling by ferry.  It IS possible to get a high speed catamaran in about 3 hrs, but you can’t wander around outside and I always get sick on those things due to how fast they travel.

Or you can get a flight to Skiathos from many European hubs, or from Athens, then get the ferry.  Why not spend a few days in Athens first, exploring?

**For ideas on what to pack for your Greek island holiday to Alonissos, see here**

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Gorgeous waters of Alonissos island - Greece
Gorgeous waters of Alonissos island – Greece – LifeBeyondBorders

What to do on Alonissos

Peaceful, tranquil and not big on night life – if you want a place to come and totally relax, eat in tavernas at night then while away the hours playing cards, doing Sudoku puzzles (in my case) or reading one of the many books (as purchased from the local volunteer animal shelter stand) – then this is the island for you.


Her beaches are quite hidden and mainly accessible by boat – so take a small boat trip (half a day though, and make sure you stay in the shade as it is HOT and you WILL get heatstroke) and you may be lucky enough to see dolphins (like I was!).

Beautiful beaches of Alonissos island, Greece. Some only accessible by boat
Beautiful beaches of Alonissos island, Greece. Some only accessible by boat

Alonissos is also famous for her Monk Seals, but it is rare to see these animals as they are very shy.  And the people who take you out on boat trips are honest about this – if they aren’t, don’t go with them.

Steni Valla is a gorgeous fishing village tucked away in a cove and houses very few locals, but a good taverna to sit and contemplate the view.  The Monk Seal Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre is located here.

Fishing Cove of Steni Vala - Alonissos island - Greece
Fishing Cove of Steni Vala – Alonissos island – Greece

The Chora of Alonissos

The old capital of the island – until the major earthquake of 1965 destroyed the entire town and residents moved down to the port area and built Patitiri, the new capital and harbour – the Chora is 4km from Patiti and still makes for a gorgeous trip up in the late afternoon.  Its buildings tumble down the hillside and many have been restored by German or English people who have either built guest houses, or some have been turned into tavernas or cafes.

Pretty houses of the Chora of Alonissos island, Greece
Pretty houses of the Chora of Alonissos island, Greece

Some of the houses have been left as they were when destroyed in 1965, and it’s interesting to see inside.

Houses abandoned after the 1965 earthquake - Chora - Alonissos
Houses abandoned after the 1965 earthquake – Chora – Alonissos

You’ll find Byzantine churches, whitewashed houses with colourful plants, a typical Greek scene and perfect for gorgeous views across the island.

So, enjoy Alonissos & return to your home country with tales of the  kindness and hospitableness of the Greeks, and the beauty of their islands. For hotels in Alonissos, see here.

ALONISSOS BEACH BUNGALOWS & SUITES HOTEL
ALONISSOS BEACH BUNGALOWS & SUITES HOTEL – click to see prices

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the article!! My father is from Alonissos, and I have a home and some properties there. It really is a great place; there is something magical about it, and no one can quite put their finger on it. Thanks again!

  2. Yes I was there the month of June this year, during some of the big protests in Athens.. The country is (while affected by the issues) running normally, and without the internet and TV, we would have known nothing of what was happening in Syntagma Sq. It’s too bad the way the media is portraying the situation. Most of my friends are wanting the Drachma back, but they know that is not any better a solution than anything else. It is just sad. I hope the Greek spirit will not break.

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