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.

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Alonnisos

Port of Alonnisos, Patitiri

Main island port that welcomes ferry-boats from Volos, Skiathos, & Skopelos, while it's the starting point for day-trip excursions & guided tours.

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Patitiri, Alonissos

The natural bay of Patitiri is the contemporary port & capital of the island, while the coastal settlement is full of cafeterias and tavernas.

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Four divers surrounded by huge rocks and underwater vegetation.
photo: Public Domain

Diving in Alonnisos

A lifetime experience to reach a shipwreck of the 5 BC century and dive in a protected National Marine Park that is a heaven of marine life.

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.

↙ SW
< 1km
A close-up image depicting a tuna salad.
photo: RitaE

Local Food of Alonnisos (Tuna & Pie)

Exclusive family-oriented tavernas offer homemade, traditional dishes with local olive oil, seafood, and especially tuna fish as a highlight.

Alonissos Folk Museum

«K & A Mavriki»

Opened in 2001, it hosts exhibits describing the life on the island, as well as artifacts related to pirates.

↙ SW
< 1km
A panoramic image showing the Rousoum Gialos beach at Votsi of Alonnisos.
photo: Gorgona Hotel

Rousoum Gialos Beach, Votsi

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

↗ NE
< 1km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 1.7km

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.

← W
≈ 2.4km

Old Village (Chora) of Alonissos

Being protected from pirate attacks, it was the main island settlement until 1965, when an earthquake make the inhabitants to move to Patitiri.

← W
≈ 2.6km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 4.7km

Saints Anargyroi Church, Alonnisos

Located at the northern part of the island, it is a former monastery belonged to the Athonite Monastery of Great Lavra.

↑ N
≈ 5.2km

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.

↑ N
≈ 5.5km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 5.7km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 6.9km

Skopelos

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

← W
≈ 13.1km

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.

↗ NE
≈ 15.2km

National Marine Park of Alonnisos

Founded in 1992, it is the first marine park of Greece, while it is currently the largest marine protected area in Europe.

Monastery of Kira Panagia Island

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is located on an small isolated island, north-east of this of Alonnisos that is literally named «Mrs. Mary».

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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