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 captivate you 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 look no further. Unspoiled and authentic, it discreetly lets the wind share its secrets.
What to do on Alonissos
Splendour of the Sporades
Alonissos is definitely a place for profound relaxation and rejuvenation of 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 as a crimson sun disappears 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. Whether on a leisurely walk or more strenuous hike, you’ll encounter dense pine forests, bushes, lush vegetation, cedar trees and holly bushes, not to mention wild herbs of all kinds. Make a point of hiking to 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, forming 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 when they happened upon an ancient shipwreck revealing that the first Greeks- built cargo ships had 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 spirits with traditional songs of the island. It makes a pleasant surprise during your holiday in Alonissos.
The islet of Pelagonisi
Today Kyra-Panagia, or Pelagonisi, is the largest uninhabited island of the Northern Sporades. However, 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 a little peace and quiet.
Explore the best of Alonissos
- A stroll through Hora
- Alonissos: Home of the Mediterranean monk seal
- A hiker’s paradise
- The threshing festival
- Treasures in the deep of the Aegean
- The islet of Pelagonisi