Alonissos is often overlooked in favor of bigger and more picturesque Skopelos, and it’s a shame, because this unpretentious island is home to some of the most raw natural experiences the Greek Islands have to offer. The National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades, home to the Mediterranean Monk Seal, is the largest protected marine reserve in Europe. There are hiking trails throughout the island, clean and unique beaches, you can kayak through the reserve, and there are numerous cultural festivals in the month of July.
General Information about Alonissos
MAIN TOWNS: Patitiri (Chora) and Steni Vala
MAIN BEACHES: Agios Demetrius, Glifa, Leftos Yalos, Georgie Yalos, Kokkinokastro, Chrissi Milia, Milia, Spartines, and Roussoum Yalos
LANDSCAPE: Low hills with pine trees and a mix of sand and pebble beaches. Lots of sea caves and diving/snorkeling opportunities. Also easy access to nearby uninhabited islands and the marine park
VIBE: Unassuming. While Chora here is not as pretty as the Chora on Skopelos Island, the beaches here are less crowded, and there’s more access to nature.
THE MAIN FERRY DEPARTURE POINT is Patitiri. There are a lot of ferry booking companies out there. You can use the search feature on Let’s Ferry to plan your itinerary and pre-book tickets. You can also purchase tickets in any main town, especially near the port.
Vacation Rentals on Alonissos
Want to read more? Here’s the official site of the Alonissos municipality