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ISLAND SERENITY: UNVEILING SLOW LIVING & THE SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY OF ALONNISOS (GREECE) FOR YOU

Updated: Sep 27, 2023



Is Slow living the new art of Relaxation? If so, there is no better place do destress, than Alonnisos. This sanctuary has its own energy and just naturally tempts you to slow down, rejuvenate and reset.


If you are looking for a serene Hideaway you might find it here. Let's explore this unspoiled Island with the old Village, picturesque harbors, pristine beaches, its crystal-clear waters, some unexpected attractions you can only find here, and the sustainable beauty of relaxed Island living.


1. Alonnisos Village, the charming old town.


Just one, of the many colorful houses in the old village.
The Old Village Alonissos

The main village of Alonnisos, also known as Chora or Alonnisos Village, is a fun maze of narrow streets, traditional, white-washed houses, and colorful flowers. Stroll through the charming alleys, and you'll find quaint cafes, local taverns, and boutique shops selling handcrafted souvenirs. Don't forget to visit the hilltop castle ruins, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Sea and neighboring islands.


2. Gastronomic Delights


Greek cuisine is renowned worldwide, and Alonnisos doesn't disappoint in this regard. Taste the island's fresh seafood dishes, including Lobster Spaghetti, Alonissos Tuna, delectable octopus, grilled fish, and traditional Greek mezes. Many tavernas also infuse greek dishes with international finesse for a change. The locally produced wine, olive oil, and honey are also a must-try for food enthusiasts.


3. Hiking and Nature Exploration


For the adventurous souls, Alonnisos offers excellent hiking trails that wind through the island's lush landscapes. The rich flora and fauna, along with breathtaking vistas, makes hiking an unforgettable experience. Due to the elongated shape of the island you are always close to the sea.


4. Marine Park: Home of the Mediterranean Monk Seal

Alonnisos is not only a treat for human visitors but also a sanctuary for the Mediterranean monk seal, one of the rarest species of seal in the world. The National Marine Park of Alonnisos and Northern Sporades is the first one in Greece and provides a safe haven for these beautiful creatures. Wildlife lovers will find joy in snorkeling/diving, observing the marine life or, with a little bit of luck, the monk seal in their natural habitat.



5. Homeopathic Academy


Votzi is home to the international Academy of classical homeopathy thanks to George Vithoulkas, who founded the academy in 1996 offering advanced courses and training programs in classical homeopathy, attracting students from various countries.

Vithoulkas has written numerous books on homeopathy. Also in 1996, he was honored with the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," for his significant contribution to classical homeopathy and his efforts to integrate it into modern healthcare.


6. Alonnisos Museum in Pattitiri



The Alonissos Museum, founded in 2000 by Kostas and Angela Mavrikis, is the largest privately owned museum on any Greek island. In this four-storey building Kostas and Angela gave place to the cultural inheritance of the island. In addition to historical items from Alonissos, the museum focuses on weapons and objects used in the early days by the pirates of the Aegean Sea.

To complete the image of this beautiful stone-built building, every storey is forseen from marble sculptures and paintings of artists who visited or lived on the island respectively still live there.


7. Island-Hopping Opportunities



Alonnisos serves as an excellent base for exploring the nearby islands of the Sporades archipelago. Hop on a ferry or a boat tour to visit Skopelos, Skiathos, or the smaller, uninhabited islets scattered around Alonnisos. The Movie Mama Mia made this little Chapel in Skopelos a magnet for Abba Fans worldwide and draws Tourists up the hill.

There is a glass bottom boat for beach hopping and sailing tours for island hopping.



Turquoise Waters: Unveiling the Beaches of Alonnisos

This Greek paradise is a beach lover's dream come true, boasting a diverse array of shores, from secluded coves to relaxing coastal stretches, each with a different vibe.

Grab your mask and snorkel and delve into the underwater world, too. You'll encounter colorful fish, sea urchins, and other fascinating sea creatures. Be sure to respect the marine environment and its inhabitants by leaving no trace and refraining from touching or disturbing the wildlife.




1. Leftos Gialos Beach



Picture a pristine bay of white pebbles with crystal-clear waters embraced by lush green hills – that's Leftos Gialos Beach. This postcard-worthy spot is one of Alonnisos' most popular beaches, yet it retains an air of serenity that makes it perfect for relaxation. The shallow, aquamarine waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, sunbeds and umbrellas are available for a comfortable beach day. Don't forget to explore the rocky cliffs on the southern end for an added sense of adventure.


2. Chrisi Milia Beach



Chrisi Milia is the only sandy Beach on the island. The long shoreline is lined with pine trees, providing ample shade during the hottest hours of the day. The organized facilities, including beach bars and tavernas, as well as the width of knee-deep water, make it a convenient spot for families and those looking for a bit of indulgence.


3. Milia Bay


This wide pebble beach is just around the corner from Chrisi Milia. A handicapped water access makes this beach a very special place. The surrounding cliffs create a sense of seclusion, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and privacy. Pack a picnic or enjoy the Taverna and unwind to the soothing sound of gentle waves lapping against the shore.


4. Agios Dimitrios Beach



Embark on a small adventure to reach the stunning Agios Dimitrios Beach. Accessible only by boat or a short hike through nature, this beach is a hidden gem that rewards the intrepid traveler. Surrounded by wild beauty, Agios Dimitrios offers a sense of exclusivity and tranquility, making it an ideal escape from the bustling world. Snorkel in the clear waters to discover the vibrant marine life beneath the surface, and you might even spot a friendly Mediterranean monk seal. It also has a little water-fun-parc.


5. Tzortzi Gialos Beach



Secluded and pristine, Tzortzi Gialos Beach is an untouched paradise that captures the essence of Alonnisos' unspoiled beauty. As you approach the beach, you'll be enchanted by the emerald hues of the sea and the solitude of the surroundings. Pack your essentials, leave your worries behind, and embrace the raw natural charm of Tzortzi Gialos.



6. Megalos Mourtias Beach


A beach practically hugged by a wonderful set up of tavernas on each side. If sunbeds is what you crave, then Megalos Mourtias is the answer, rewarding you with cocktails, mocktails, snacks and/or really good food. If you like hights, there are rocks for climbing and jumping into the sea and every time a ferry passes by, a few refreshing waves hit the shore.


7. Tsoukalia Beach:



If you're seeking an off-the-beaten-path escape, this secluded gem is the perfect destination for you, located on the southeastern coast of Alonnisos. Tsoukalia offers a rustic atmosphere. You'll be greeted by a long stretch of pebble shoreline and a picturesque windmill.

As the day draws to a close, Tsoukalia Beach becomes an idyllic setting to witness the mesmerizing beauty of a Greek sunset. The sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant hues, reflecting off the tranquil waters below. It's an awe-inspiring moment to cherish as you bask in the colors of the evening sky and the most beautiful sunsets. If you're seeking solitude and an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, this is the perfect spot to unwind and recharge.


8.Glyfa Beach



is a beautiful coastal gem nestled on the eastern coast of Alonnisos. This shore is known for and tranquil ambiance. Lately we call it "Pillow Beach", because there are big sand colored Pillows to relax on, anchored to the ground so you will not drift away.

Glyfa Beach is also known for refreshing dips on very hot days, due to unexpected underwater springs mixing with the sea. The beach is surrounded by lush green hills, and protected by the close Island of Peristera, creating an ideal spot for stand up paddling.







Harbors of Alonnisos: Gateways to Fishing, Recreation or Water-sports,

welcome aboard.


Let's start a nautical journey through a collection of picturesque harbors that have played a significant role in the history of Alonissos and continue to beckon travelers with their maritime charm. The most amazing thing to me is that all of them do have christal-clear waters and beautiful beaches.





1. Patitiri Harbor: The Island's Bustling Gateway



As the capital and main port of Alonnisos, Patitiri Harbor is a lively hub of activity. Its name derives from the Greek word "patiri," meaning winepress, as the area was once used for winemaking. Nowadays, it welcomes visitors with its vibrant atmosphere and a variety of amenities. You'll find cozy tavernas serving up mouthwatering Greek cuisine, cafes with stunning sea views, and shops offering local crafts and souvenirs. The picturesque waterfront promenade is the perfect spot for an evening stroll, as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in shades of pink and gold.


2. Steni Vala Harbor: A Quaint Fishing Village



Located on the eastern coast of Alonnisos, Steni Vala is a charming fishing village that enchants visitors with its simplicity and laid-back ambiance. The harbor is dotted with colorful fishing boats, swaying gently in rhythm with the sea. Steni Vala is a haven for seafood lovers, offering some of the freshest catches you'll find on the island.

The tranquility of Steni Vala Harbor makes it an excellent spot to watch boats come and go, you might witness fishermen hauling in their nets and sailors to stock up in the supermarket. Do not forget to checking out the artsy boutique for beautiful fashion and pottery.


3. Votsi Harbor:



Nestled in a sheltered cove, Votsi Harbor exudes a sense of seclusion and serenity. This picturesque harbor is a favorite among those seeking a quiet escape, away from the more bustling areas of the island, just around the corner of Pattitiri harbor.

Votsi is a paradise for snorkelers and divers, it has an underwater cave, a rope swing and the highest Rocks for Cliff jumping.


4. Kalamakia Harbor: A Quaint Hideaway


Kalamakia Harbor, located on the southern coast of Alonnisos, enchants with its simplicity its whitewashed houses and a handful of tavernas serving traditional delicacies.

Kalamakia is an excellent spot to watch local fishermen tending to their boats and bringing in the day's catch. It's the perfect opportunity to engage with the friendly locals and learn about their deep-rooted maritime traditions.


5. Gerakas Harbor: The other end of the island



The harbor is located on the northern tip of Alonnisos, and its unique rock formations and rugged surroundings make it a remote wonder worth exploring. How many Pirates might have looked for shelter here?

Gerakas is an ideal starting point for nature walks and hikes, leading you through the island's wilderness and offering panoramic views of the Sea - you'll understand why this place holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.





7. Roussoum:


More Harbor than beach or vice versa? You decide! A beautiful spot none the less, especially in the late afternoon on very hot days, with cliffs offering natural shade. The whole beach is lined with traditional tavernas and a small supermarket/souvenir shop. You can find this just a short stroll from Pattitiri and Votsi.



How to get to Alonissos:


You can fly into Skiathos, Volos or Thessaloniki Airport and take a ferry or flying dolphin.

Alternatively you could hire a water taxi from Skiathos or charter a helicopter if you fly in from Athens.



Conclusion

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a connection with nature, the beaches, harbors and specialties of Alonnisos promise an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to cherish forever.

So, consider Alonnisos for your next travel destination, and you'll discover a side of Greece that will steal your heart forever. Happy travels!



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