Description of Alonnisos
stands in the Aegean Sea
like a mountain densely covered with pine trees and arbutus bushes. The sea around Alonisos
has been declared a national marine park as it is the area of breed of monk seal Monachus Monachus
and is the cleanest in the Aegean
. The west part of the island is rocky but the part on the east has many beautiful pebble beaches while there are many hotels
providing accommodation facilities.
Geography of Alonnisos
The area of Alonnisos
is 64 sq. km. with a total population of 2.700 residents. The islets nearest to Alonnisos
are part of the Municipality of Alonissos
and are not inhabited: Adelfoi, Kyra Panagia, Persitera, Piperi, Skantzoura and Psathoura. The island closer to Alonnissos
on the southwest.
History of Alonnisos
has been populated since Neolithic Era. The island mostly due to its distant position did not play a vital role in the main historical events but it was surely affected. Alonnisos
is the ancient island of Ikos and has been a member of the Delian League and participated in the wars against the Persian invasion. It has been part of the Roman and then the Byzantine Empire till it was conquered by Hairentin Barbarossa and went under Ottoman Rule until 1830 when Alonnisos
became part of the Greek State. In 1952 the vineyards of the island were struck with the disease of phylloxera resulting with many islanders moving away. In 1965, an earthquake destroyed Chora the capital town of Alonnisos
Sightseeing on Alonnisos
The island of Alonnisos
became popular because of the unique marine park
protecting the seals Monachus Monachus
, dolphins and other important species that live mainly in the caves of the coasts. You can visit the protected area by boat excursions. The picturesque Chora capital of Alonnisos
lays its beauty on the top of a hill offering great view. You should really take a walk around the alleys where you can find several restaurants
in traditional houses. The beaches are splendid with clear sea and you can choose among many of them: Milia, Votsi, Chrisi Milia, Megalos Mourtias, Roussoum Yialos, Megali Ammos, Kokkinokastro.
Local Products of Alonnisos
There is plenty of fresh fish and sea food. Tilichti is the local cheese pie. Try the local olives and wine.
Getting to Alonnisos
By ferry or catamaran boats departing from Agios Konstantinos Port, Volos Port or Thessalonica.
Best time to visit Alonnisos
From June to September.
Useful Phone Numbers on Alonnisos
Police: +30 24240 65205
Port Authorities of Alonnisos: +30 24240 65595
Doctor: +30 24240 65208