On the western side of the Aegean, on the edge of the Sporades, you’ll find one of the less developed islands, Alonissos. It will lure you in with its unpretentious magic. Charming and pure, its lush, green landscape and pristine beaches with crystal-clear water make it the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday in Greece, filled with beautiful imagery. If you’re looking for a quiet vacation, ensconced in nature, you need to look no further. Unspoiled and authentic, it discreetly lets the wind share its secrets.
What to do in Alonissos
Splendour of the Sporades
Alonissos is where you’ll sink into deep relaxation and rejuvenate your soul. The southern part of the island is embroidered with beaches, charming bays and green-blue water, with pine trees that reach the water’s edge. In the central and northern parts of Alonissos, you’ll meet the traditional settlement Hora and a network of marked hiking trails and tranquil surroundings. All create an unparalleled combination and you’ll forget the meaning of the word stress.
A stroll through Hora
Walk around the streets in the traditional island town at dusk and search for the sun dipping into the sea. When you find it, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Aegean. The old Hora of Alonissos, with its homes lined up like soldiers, looks like a castle contemplating the sea from above.
A hiker’s paradise
You’ll discover the pure, unadulterated and wild Mediterranean beauty of the island step by step. As you walk and hike through dense pine forests, bushes, lush vegetation, herbs of all kinds, cedar and holly, you’ll explore an exciting landscape. Take note: with a little light hiking, you’ll reach one of the most stunning spots on the island, the chapel of Agion Anargyron.
Alonissos: Home of the Mediterranean monk seal.
Precious islets are divided into two zones, creating the grid of a national marine park for the protection of the Mediterranean monk seal. The valuable habitat is one of the last refuges for this rare and highly intelligent mammal that lives in inaccessible caves. For their protection, people and boats are prohibited from approaching most of the islands in this park.
Hidden gems of Alonissos
Treasures in the deep of the Aegean
Archaeologists excavating in Peristera couldn’t believe their eyes: an ancient shipwreck revealed that the first Greeks built cargo ships with a capacity of over 100 tons. As if that weren’t amazing enough, a total of eight ancient and mediaeval shipwrecks have been found in the area. The treasures that lie on the seabed around Alonissos are priceless!
The threshing festival
Don’t miss the threshing festival of Alonissos, where the island’s women prepare trahana (a soup of cracked wheat and fermented milk) and other homemade food, whilst musicians lift the mood with traditional songs of the island. It will be a pleasant surprise during your holiday in Alonissos.
The islet of Pelagonisi
Kyra-Panagia, or Pelagonisi, is the largest uninhabited island of the Northern Sporades. Despite being uninhabited today, archaeological findings show that it was inhabited very early (6,000 B.C.) and it’s probable that this was ancient Alonissos. The monastery of Kyra Panagia can be found on the southeast of the island, and an old olive oil press and windmill are the only other buildings that remain. Perfect for anyone seeking the solitude and magic of a unique swimming experience.