Forming part of the Northern Sporades archipelago, Alonnisos is a picturesque island known for its cultivation of almonds, grapes and olives. It’s surrounded by pebbly beaches, uninhabited islands and the protected waters of Alonnisos National Marine Park, which provides an important habitat for the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal.
Things to do in Alonnisos
Spend an afternoon wandering around the harbour village of Patitiri, which is clustered with whitewashed buildings featuring blue-painted shutters. After being abandoned following an earthquake in 1965, the village has been given a new lease on life, with galleries, boutiques and tavernas lining its streets. Antique fishing equipment, World War II artefacts and traditional costumes are exhibited at the Folk Museum of Kostas and Aggela Mavriki.
Alonnisos forms part of Europe’s largest protected marine area, which was created to safeguard species such as the Mediterranean monk seal. Visit the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal to learn about these limestone cave-dwelling species and the research being conducted to ensure their survival. Snorkelling and scuba diving excursions are available in the surrounding waters.
For a day at the beach, head to the pebbly shores of Paralia Agios Dimitrios, which looks out toward the neighbouring island of Peristera. You can rent a beach umbrella and sun lounger or grab a paddle board to explore the surrounding coastline at your leisure. Further north is the Blue Cave, a coastal grotto named for its azure water.
Getting around Alonnisos
Alonnisos is accessible by regular ferries from both Volos and Thessaloniki, as well as from neighbouring Skopelos. Buses travel around the island during the summer months, although renting a car or motorcycle will give you greater freedom to explore. Taxis are also available for getting around Alonnisos.