Alonissos is located in a marine park and conservation area and as a result the island boasts some of the clearest waters you will find in Greece, as well as an abundance of beautiful beaches and provides home to a rare species of monk seal. Add to this a series of well-marked footpaths and organised trekking tours.....
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Alonissos is located in a marine park and conservation area and as a result the island boasts some of the clearest waters you will find in Greece, as well as an abundance of beautiful beaches and provides home to a rare species of monk seal. Add to this a series of well-marked footpaths and organised trekking tours through local travel agencies and you have a nature lover’s paradise. The island produces olives, grapes, figs and almonds as well as having a decent fishing trade, and whilst well visited, it still remains the least touristy of the Sporades. The main settlement is Patitiri, the port town in the south, where one can while away many an evening enjoying the great selection of local tavernas all serving the catch of the day as well as other local Greek favourites. 6km inland and sitting atop a hill with stunning views is the old island capital of Chora or Paleo Chorio (old town). Destroyed by an earthquake in 1965, it has subsequently been rebuilt and restored to the charming village that once it was. A main road runs from north to south, taking visitors to popular beaches of Chryssi Milia and Leftos Gialos in the east and Marpounda in the far south, all of which have sunbeds, umbrellas and tavernas and the latter two have watersports facilities. Dramatic Kokinokastro beach is surrounded by tall red cliffs and is well worth a visit. For a quieter time, secluded and unspoilt Megali Ammos in the north can be found at the end of a dirt road. For those looking to venture further afield, there are regular boat trips around the island and to nearby picturesque island Kyra Panagia, also in the marine park. A regular bus service runs between Chora, Patitiri and the pretty village of Steni Vala during the summer, but in winter one must rely on taxis or hire a car or scooter. Alonissos can be easily accessed from Skopelos, just 1.5 hours away by ferry.
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