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Alonissos Holidays

Alonissos holidays

Alonissos is the least developed of the northern Sporades; a green retreat in which to swim, walk and gently explore. Around its shores are many coves and beaches, lapped by the clearest of seas and backed by green hills. inland is a scenic joy, and the network of marked trails through the varied countryside makes for some excellent walking.

The island is about 20 kilometres long by 4 wide, its hilly terrain softened by oak and pine. Ferries and catamarans leave regularly from the main port of patitiri for Skopelos, only 20 minutes away, and for Skiathos, another hour further to the west. This makes the odd day excursion easy, as well as twincentre holidays.

Some twenty minutes walk to the north is the delightful fishing harbour of Votsi, its clear waters and pretty pebble beach backed by cliffs and pines. Votsi has a traditional, generally sleepy village atmosphere, a handful of small shops and some good tavernas. Walk back over the headland towards Patitiri and you will come to the beach at Rossoum which has tavernas of its own.

Votsi Bay

Holidays In Alonissos

Old Alonissos, high above Patitiri, boasts stunning views and is certainly picturesque. Abandoned in the 1960’s, the old houses are now largely restored and favoured by artists and writers. The village now has a dozen tavernas, several cafés, a couple of bars and a mini-market. There is a bus link from patitiri (operates June to September) and it can also be reached on foot in 35-45 minutes via a goat track (2.5 kms) or in 7-8 minutes by taxi. Old Alonissos is particularly atmospheric in the evenings, and we'd recommend all visitors to come for dinner here at least once.

Alonissos was one of only 22 areas from more than 1000 in the world to be awarded a Quality Coast certificate in 2013 (www.qualitycoast.info). The seas around the island are designated a national Marine park, set up to protect the indigenous Monk Seal.

You can visit it by organised boat trip. On the edge of the park, halfway up the coast, is the pretty fishing harbour of Steni Vala – very peaceful with four authentic local tavernas plus a couple of cafés and mini-markets. A dive centre is now also based here and a bus service to Patitiri operates June to September.

Alonissos is a quiet, very beautiful island which is quite happy to remain off the main tourist path. largely traditional, it would suit those looking for an unhurried holiday in natural surroundings, fine views, good swimming – there is a string of fine beaches up the east coast from peaceful Milia to picturesque Aghios Dimitrios – and walking.

Friday day flight Gatwick or Manchester to Skiathos (inbound flight via Volos or Kavala). Then 60 minutes by Flying Dolphin, 90 minutes by Flying Cat or 2-2.5 hours by ferry. (Note: there may be some waiting time at the port). Should ferry schedules remain as last year there is an early morning departure from the island.

 

Why not combine a holiday in Alonissos with Skiathos and / or Skopelos?

Alonissos is ideal to explore from the sea, and a motorboat can be pre-booked from £227 per week. They deliver to Votsi and Steni Vala where boats can be moored overnight for the duration.

Our resident representative is based in Patitiri.

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