Greek Islands Guide

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Alonissos is a Greek island in the Sporades group of islands. It is accessible by flying into the nearby island of Skiathos and then taking a ferry on to Alonissos. Quieter than the nearby Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, the island has a tranquil charm. Most of the islands activities are centred around the main port of Patitiri and the old village of Chora, where can be found the usual collection of cafes, bars and tavernas.

Beaches on Alonissos are mostly made up of pebbles, but there is good walking to be had along the spine of the island, from which can be seen some wonderful sea views. If walking is not for you, then there are cars and motor cycles for hire, which is especially useful as busses on the island are few and far between.

On the hill above the port of Patitiri stands the picturesque village of Hora, once the capital of the island. This charming village with its traditional whitewashed houses and narrow paved streets, was abandoned after it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1965. Many of the houses have since been restored, and a number of them have been converted into shops and restaurants. The village boasts some incredible views over the Aegean Sea to the neighbouring island of Skopelos.

Steni Vala is a small fishing port with a daily bus service to Patitiri in the high season. Popular with flotilla sailors, the quayside ha a number of good tavernas. The best direction to approach the village is from the south, as there are some spectacular sea views. Nearby is the deserted island of Peristera. The headquarters of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Monk Seal is based in the village, and if you are lucky, you may see a number of seals recuperating in the small rescue centre. Steni Vala itself does not have a beach, but if you wish to swim, there are a number of small bays along the coast at Glyfada, Glifes and Tzortzi. They can be reached by walking along a track, or there is the option of hiring a small boat.

Rousoum Gialos has a nice pebble beach and is one of the best beaches on Alonissos. It is located very close to the main town of Patitiri, it is very popular, with beautiful crystal clear water, and situated within a beautiful bay. This beach resort was built after the 1965 earthquake and has a good number of hotels, and apartments, plus a couple of fish taverns.

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