Alonnisos

Island in Thessaly

A diver? An ancient shipwreck and a seals refuge are awaiting you here. Not a diver? Well, the island's beauty would blow anyone's mind either way.

How To Go?

Alonnisos Things to Do

A part of the outer building that surrounds the Monastery of Kira Panagia at the homonymous island.
distant ≈ 39.2km

Monastery of Kira-Panagia

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this 1000 years old monastery is on an small isolated island near Alonissos. You should taste the local spirit.

Saints Anargyroi Church

The atmosphere at this small church is serene and sunsets here are spectacular. It's a five-minute uphill walk after the car park.

The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus Monachus) lying on a pebble beach.
distant ≈ 23.9km

Alonnisos National Marine Park

In the largest marine protected area in Europe you will find seals feeding and playing on the beach and in crystal waters. Boat tours are available.

Four scuba divers on their way to the shipwreck, surrounded by huge rocks.
photo: Public Domain

Diving in Alonnisos

If you scuba dive, here you can see a shipwreck of the 5th century BC laying around 20 meters deep. A priceless experience.

A close-up image depicting a salad with tuna, eggs and vegetables.
photo: RitaE

Local Food of Alonnisos (Tuna & Pie)

Traditional tavernas offer homemade, delicious dishes with local olive oil, seafood, and fish. Tuna is a specialty here.

Alonnisos Museums

Alonnisos Beaches

Leftos Gialos Beach

Small wind protected bay that combines the white of the pebbles, the green of the surrounding pines, and the blue of the crystal clear water.

Kokkinokastro Beach

Sand-pebble beach with clear & deep waters that gets its name from the red hanging cliffs together with the ancient settlement of the area.

A panoramic image showing the Rousoum Gialos beach at Votsi of Alonnisos.
photo: Gorgona Hotel

Rousoum Gialos Beach

White pebble beach at a small deep waters bay that offers all the amenities of the adjoining settlement.

Agios Dimitrios Beach

One of the most famous and beautiful beaches of the island that stands for the white pebbles which compose an exotic green-blue color.

Chrisi Milia Beach

The only fine-sand beach of the island with shallow waters that is ideal for families with children, while it also hosts a nice bar/restaurant.

Megalos Mourtias Beach

Small pebble beach with easy access from the Chora of Alonnisos where the two family restaurants offer all the amenities and good food.

Mikros Mourtias Beach

Small, not-organized, pebble beach among the cliffs. It's isolated comparing to its brother Megalos Mourtias, thus it's ideal for nudists.

Votsi Beach

At the picturesque bay of the Votsi village, a small beach with turquoise waters next to steep cliffs and close to fabulous restaurants.

Patitiri Beach

Just next to the port of the homonymous settlement a small beach that has access to numerous stores, restaurants, and bars of Patitiri.

Alonnisos Settlements

Old Village (Chora) of Alonissos

Until the 1965 earthquake, this was the main settlement. Centuries before, people settled on this high hill to protect themselves from pirate raids.

Patitiri, Alonissos

Patitiri's natural port is full of cafeterias and tavernas, and colorful houses that will make your walk there a memorable experience.

Alonnisos Island Hopping

Skopelos

Skopelos' forests touch the seawater. No wonder the film «Mamma Mia!» was shot here. Its traditional architecture and monasteries will keep you busy.

Questions & Answers about Alonnisos

Why Visit Alonnisos?
  • Home of the first Greek National Marine Park.
  • Untouched from mass tourism composes the definition of relaxed holidays.
  • Part of Sporades Archipelago connected by ferry with Volos, Skiathos, & Skopelos.
What is Alonnisos, Greece?

The Greek island of Alonnisos is untouched by mass tourism, while it is a destination that appeals to anyone who looks for a calm and relaxed holiday. The former name of the island was Liadromia or Iliodromia and during the reign of King Otto in 1838 was decided to reinstate its ancient era name. Unfortunately, there was confusion at the name since in ancient times the island was named Ikos and Alonnisos was the name of a nearby small island that today is named Kyra Panagia. The island today offers isolated pristine beaches, wild landscapes, steep cliffs, and pine forests. Olive groves and pine cones compose the wonderful nature of the island, making it an exclusive destination for nature lovers and diving enthusiasts. It is considered as one of the major dive centers in Europe thanks to the rich underwater life and morphology of the seabed. Alonissos can be reached only by ferry boat from Volos, Agios Konstantinos Fthiotidas all over the year, and from Thessaloniki during the summer season.

Which were the significant historical points for the island of Alonnisos?

The history of Alonissos is lost in the mists of time, with many legends and traditions related to the island. The most famous legend is this of Pileas, the father of Achilles who came here to stay until the end of his life. It is a fact that due to its geographical location Alonnisos was a very important exporting center in ancient times, with the main product being the wine, that was reaching many ancient Greek colonies under the name IKION (deriving from the island's ancient name). Alonissos similarly to the other islands of the Sporades complex, fell under Athenian, Macedonian and Roman rule successively. Then it passed to the Byzantine Empire and conquered by the Franks in 1204, while the Venetian family of Gkizi came to Alonnisos in 1207. The Venetian rule remained until 1538 when it was occupied by the Turkish fleet and the pirate Barbarossa. During the Revolution of 1821, many Greek fighters found shelter to Alonnisos, and in 1830 Alonissos along with the rest of the Sporades islands became part of the newly established Greek state.

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