The island of Alonissos is one of the Greek islands of the Ionian Sea and it belongs to the Sporades islands group. The most picturesque village of Alonissos island is Chora, a charming traditional village with whitewashed houses and narrow paved streets. The village was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1965 and many houses are ruined till today. The location of Chora, on top of a hill, offers amazing view to the Aegean Sea and the green nature of Alonissos. Patitiri, Votsi and RoussoumGialos are the most tourist places of the island, while the beaches are actually small coves with crystal water and relaxing atmosphere. Do not miss a boat trip to the Marine Park of Northern Aegean. This park consists of small islets with exotic water, where actually the rare species of seal MonachusMonachus go to breed
Alonissos is an amazing island famous for its clean water and the green landscape. Surrounded by pine trees, the beaches of Alonissos offer a picturesque environment to relax. Votsi, ChrissiMilia, Glyfa and RousoumGialos are the most famous beaches.
Chrissi Milia Beach Alonissos: Only 5 km northeast of Patitiri lies the sandy beach of ChrissiMilia known as the most beautiful beaches of Alonissos. It is one of the very few organized beaches on the island which offers sun beds, umbrellas and some water sports. A nice tavern is standing on a little hill on a side of the beach. The golden sand of ChrissiMilia is quite extraordinary, shimmering under the sun. The waters are limpid of an amazing turquoise colour. Rocky pools are ready to explore at the far end of the beach while pine trees offer their refreshing shadow
Glyfa Beach Alonissos: Glyfa Beach is located near the northern end of SteniVala. This unique spot made of Glyfa Beach and the nearby village of SteniVala offers natural green surroundings and a stunning view to the Aegean Sea. It is located 10 km north east of Patitiri. Fortunately, the place has not been spoiled by mass tourism, and is the ideal location for those who like seclusion and peace. Tourists enjoy watching the green fertile valleys, taking or hiring small boats to visit the islands nearby or sitting on the beach while watching the soft waves in the clean greenish blue waters. Usually, there is sunny weather in the area of Glyfa and travelers enjoy long beach days while having a drink or tasting traditional dishes. There are plenty of accommodations, taverns, shops, mini markets and a camp site in the wider region where the visitor can buy some food, drink,lay in the sun and swim in the peaceful clean waters. Some visitors also take the opportunity to take the water taxis and reach AgiosDimitros beach. Glyfa beach is a nice sandy beach with some small pebbles that is worth a visit for its tranquil atmosphere. It is easy to reach by taxi, via the regular bus service from Patitiri, just a 20 minute drive. The view to the sea from the green hillsides is one of the best natural features that Glyfa Beach has to offer.
Milia Beach Alonissos: This lovely shingle beach lies opposite the beach of ChrissiMilia and 4 km north east of Patitiri, the capital of Alonissos. It is a beautiful place with colourful round little stones and crystalline emerald waters shining under the sunlight. This little jewel is hidden in the heart of a lovely bay and is the ideal place to enjoy the sun and the crystal clear sea in a peaceful and calm atmosphere, surrounded by a great and unspoiled natural beauty.
Votsi Beach Alonissos: The beautiful little bay of Votsi is located in the settlement of the same name, just one kilometre north of Patitiri. The bay is surrounded by marble formations, streaked with red stripes and descends into crystalline emerald waters. The little shingle beach has place only for a few visitors. It is a real jewel, accessible by stone steps descending from the main road of the settlement of Votsi. Opposite this little marvel is a picturesque, charming tiny harbour with one lovely traditional fish tavern and little fishing boats mooring at the port.
Roussoum Gialos Beach Alonissos: RoussoumGialos is a coastal settlement located only a couple of kilometres far away from Patitiri. This is an area with great tourist development and is considered an important pole of attraction for many tourists due to its unique beauty. The beach has clean waters and small white pebbles along the coastline. After swimming, you can have lunch in the coastal taverns and taste many of the local recipes. Although this is a popular spot on the
island, it still keeps its authenticity and traditional character, like all beaches in Alonissos.
National Marine Park of Alonissos: The National Marine Park of Alonnisos is located in Northern Sporades. It is the first marine park in Greece comprising of Alonissos and six smaller islands as well as some uninhabited rocky outcrops. The area is rich in marine life and is the habitat of the endangered species, the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus Monachus), one of the rarest animals in Europe with only around 800 surviving worldwide. It is an important breeding ground for many species of fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. Dr. Thomas-Schultze Westrum, a Zoology, Geology and Cultural Anthropology expert, and Kurt Lorenz, an experienced cameraman made a documentary film on the life of monk seals that were considered extinct by many titled The coast of the seal in the spring of 1976. The film’s reaction was greater than expected and the marine park set up there was the direct consequence of the awareness it created.The Biological Station at Gerakas Bay was completed in 1985 with EC funds and was inaugurated on the 31st of August 1986. It is situated in the northern tip of the island and the station remains vastly underused. It took nearly 25 years to get the park established and, after another 20 it still is limping and moving forward slowly with better hope of success. It was established with the aim of conserving the rich biodiversity of the Greek Seas. The National Marine Park has collaborated with an environmental organization called MOM (Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal). MOM is an official member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The National Marine Park of the Aegean and the surrounding seas and outlying islands is where the monk seals interact with local marine life and fisher folk. The institute records the local fishing methods and research on marine interaction with the protected species. It is also involved in the area’s management and gathers new knowledge on biology and conservation of the monk seal and the marine life and ecosystem around Alonissos.