Alonissos is a long island of 65km² in the centre of the Northern Sporades. It is in the heart of the National Marine Park (natural park of 22 islets). Two areas are protected:
the protection zone: where you can swim, observe the seabed, film or photograph, but fishing and hunting are prohibited.
the protected area: Alonissos and the island of Peristera to the East are in this area. Here no wild camping, ban on climbing rocks and only snorkelling is allowed.
This protected area offers a remarkable nature with amazing wildlife: 80 species of birds, 300 species of fish, natural habitat of monk seals, dolphins, and wild goats. You will understand this island is perfect for hikers, lovers of wilderness and observation. In fact, there are many paths around the island. Moderate urbanisation is concentrated in the South of Alonissos between Stenivala (traditional fishing village located right in front of Peristera) and Chora (Alonissos).
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Chora is a splendid village, typical of the Greek architecture of the Sporades, you will find many small cafes and taverns, local artists' shops, antiques for the pleasure of the eyes and lovers of shopping. The city of Pathiri is a new city (the old city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1965), it is the access of the island from the outside, the port. Votsi is ultimately the last village you can not miss, it is authentic and charming. Built on rocks, it offers a fabulous panorama.
The island is very peaceful. The pebble beaches are very numerous all around the island, as well as the coves where you will have the impression of being alone in the world. The most beautiful beach? Certainly that of Rousoum, between Votsi and Pathiri.
The last advantage (and not least of Alonissos) is the gastronomic tasting of seafood and local products. A real treat! On the menu: fresh lobster just caught, fresh cheese, walnut pie with a delicious country wine.
Here life is real, you will discover the tradition of the Sporades according to your encounters with the inhabitants of the island. You will leave with the feeling of having transformed a part of your soul which will be fond of nostalgia to "Kalimera", "Parakalo", or "Kalispéra"...
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