Overview

Introduction

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.

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.

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Getting there

Friday day flight Gatwick or Manchester to Skiathos (note: inbound flight to Gatwick operates via Volos and the inbound flight to Manchester operates via 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.

 

Multi-Centre

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

Car and boat hire

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.

Representative

Our resident representative is based in Patitiri.

Walking Guide

Discover Alonissos's hidden gems and spectacular viewpoints on foot using our suggested walking guides.

Alonissos Through the Souls of your Feet’ by Chris Browne is a walking & field guide to Alonissos and her surrounding Marine park islands.

The book contains individual maps and descriptions for each walk plus sections on “what to take & wear”, flora & fauna and snorkelling sites. 

‘An insider's Guide to Alonissos by Julia Browne is a comprehensive general guide to everything the visitor needs to know in order to make the most of their stay on this beautiful island.

Both books can be bought from Amazon or locally from our representative on Alonissos (cost €15 each).

Motorboat hire and diving

Motorboats

Alonissos is ideal to explore from the sea, and a motorboat can be hired locally through our island representative. Boats are based at Patitiri harbour - for hires of 3 days plus they will deliver to Votsi and Steni Vala where boats can be moored overnight for the duration.

Diving

There is now a PADI scuba diving centre. please see your representative for more details.

Holiday Tip

Our local representative Julia recommends an excursion to the Marine Park and the islands surrounding Alonissos. The tour visits an ancient monastery on Kyria Panagia, where a shop sells produce made by the monks of Athos, including wine and honey preserves – Perfect for souvenirs. A traditional lunch with wine is served and there is a high possibility of seeing dolphins, a variety of birdlife and, on occasions, a monk seal.

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