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Part of the Northern Sporades and National Marine Park, Alonissos is mostly known for its incredible natural beauty, amazing beaches and crystal clear waters teeming with life, as well as its remarkable archaeological and historical monuments.
Alonissos is reached by plane to Skiathos and then by boat to the Island capital and port of Patitiri. The boat journey is a mini-cruise in its own right, as you navigate the crystal waters, passing small islands and spectacular cliffs.
Upon arrival, you will soon discover the unhurried and relaxed pace that is part of the Island’s culture. Rush hour may well mean half a dozen cars on the road at one time and jostling for a patch of sand on a crowded beach is unheard of here. This is not to say that there is little to do on the island, far from it. If you get tired of sunbathing then kayaking, snorkeling and diving are all available. From both a scientific and a cultural point of view, Alonissos is an area of great interest given the archaeological finds (shipwrecks, old monasteries and churches) that date back to the prehistoric era, the classical period or the Byzantine empire.
At only 20kms long and 4.5kms wide, the island is a walker’s or mountain biker’s paradise. Dozens of wellmaintained mule paths criss-cross the island linking scattered hamlets and small fishing villages. The tiny, picturesque fishing village of Steni Vala with its lovely harbour and waterfront tavernas is well worth a visit. Or take an evening stroll up to Chora (signposted as ‘The Old Village’), with its jumble of narrow alleys, traditional tavernas, shops, houses and ruined fortress, where you will discover one of the finest viewpoints in the Sporades.
Patitiri: The island’s main harbour and the first place you see when you arrive on Alonissos. After the earthquake of 1965, reconstruction and growth was rapid and now Patitiri is the biggest village and the capital of the island. “Patitiri” means winepress in Greek and the village takes its name from the fact that all the winepresses and storage areas for the wine of Alonissos were in this area. The majority of the shops are in Patitiri as is the post office, supermarkets, banks, ATM’s, tourist agencies, police station and health centre. Patitiri’s beach is crystal clear and perfect for swimming.
Chora (Alonissos Old Town): The old village of Alonissos is positioned on the hillside three kilometres above Patitiri. It was the capital of the island until the 1965 earthquake, when the population moved down to Patitiri. Now five local families stay here all the year around. After the earthquakes many foreigners started to buy the old houses, lovers of the traditional style of the island who have kept the character of the village, repairing many of the old buildings. Because of its location the views are incredible with one of the best sunsets in the area, it is becoming one of the best parts of the island to visit. There is a fantastic selection of tavernas and small shops and a completely different atmosphere from the rest of Alonissos. Chora is 3 kilometres from Patitiri, using the old footpath to walk, a journey of approximately thirty minutes.
Steni Vala: Steni Vala is a small fishing harbour about 10 kilometres from Patitiri. The village is older than Patitiri and has kept its traditional character, housing and tavernas. Steni Vala’s tavernas are famous for fresh fish and all owned by fishermen. The hospital unit for Monk Seals is also in Steni Vala and if you are lucky you might see one there. Steni Vala is becoming a popular yachting destination and the small port is usually full of sailing boats, giving a unique atmosphere.
- Take a boat trip to the National Marine Park, home of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal
- Walk around the pine trees of the Kokkinokastro Peninsula, & the remains of an ancient city said to be ‘Ikos’
- Explore secluded coves around Alonissos in your own motor boat
- Walk up to and around Alonissos Old Town or Palea Chora with its maze of cobbled streets, old churches and magnificent sunsets
- Scuba diving from Steni Vala
- Visit the folklore museum showing the history of the island
- Visit the uninhabited islands around Alonissos on a boat trip
- Bird watching, there are over 80 species of birds on the island including the endangered Audouin’s Gull and Eleonora’s Falcon
- Enjoy the quiet and peaceful beaches on the island including the sandy beach of Chrisi Milia, near Votsi
Direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham
|London Gatwick||Skiathos||Dep: 12:20hrs
|North Terminal||From: 7th May
To: 13th May
|London Gatwick||Skiathos||Dep: 09:00hrs
|South Terminal||From: 20th May
To: 23rd Sep
|Terminal 2||From: 6th May
To: 23rd Sep
|Main Terminal||From: 6th May
To: 16th Sep
|Main Terminal||From: 6th May
To: 16th Sep
Onwards sea transfer from Skiathos to Patitiri, Alonissos by Sea Cat or local ferry services. Hire cars will be waiting at the port on arrival. As the return sea transfer is in the early morning from Alonissos to Skiathos. On arrival in Skiathos we provide a complimentary breakfast at the Fresh Bar.
Approx transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
Enter Air: Visit Website
Thomson Airlines: Pre-seating only available at check -in
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.