ALONISSOS - DISCOVERING THE TRANQUILITY OF NATURE
The most special island of the Sporades is Alonissos, an alternative but also romantic green island, with wonderful beaches and a few fishing villages. The old capital of the island offers a wonderful view to each side of Alonissos. Patitiri is called the port-capital of the island, because the inhabitants have a long tradition in viticulture. Few are the settlements of the island, others picturesque and quiet with traditional architecture that "ties" harmoniously with the natural environment. The Historical and Folklore Museum of Alonissos is worth a visit as it is characterized as an "ark of knowledge" of the place. The Pirate-Historical Museum, the Castle on the west side of Chora, the Monastery of Kyra Panagia and many other attractions will enchant travelers.
Fishing, hiking, visiting the islands of the largest water park in Europe, kayaking, canoeing, diving and above all relaxation are some of the activities of the island while it promises many beautiful short walks. The descent to Patitiri through the old cobbled path, the walk from the chapels of Ai Giannis and Ai Taxiarchis, the route to Kalovoulos, the southern cape of the island and, finally, the route to the port, Megalo Mourtias and the Old Alonissos are routes that leave no one unmoved. The National Marine Park includes the Mediterranean Seal Care Center as well as the Mom Information Center, and is the largest in Europe.
Near the port is Rousoum Gialos, which is a suburb of the capital where inhabited after the earthquake of 1965 and due to the reconstruction has been united with Patitiri. The settlement of Votsi is above the most picturesque bay of the island and was named after Admiral Votsi who went to the island in 1913 and joins Patitiri. The beautiful beach of Vythisma is located just before Megalo Mourtias and can be visited by boat. It is considered the best beach together with the Golden Apple and gathers many lovers of windsurfing. The beautiful beach of Milia, is a beautiful place with colorful small round stones and crystal clear waters in the heart of a beautiful cove. Ideal place to enjoy the sun and the sea with the turquoise waters, ideal for lovers of the seabed.
Mikros Mourtias offers calm and serenity with calm crystal clear waters and a placidity atmosphere. The settlement of Marpounta has two stunning beaches surrounded by rocks and the landscape looks fabulous. Kokkinokastro is considered the best beach of Alonissos, along with the Golden Apple with blue sea, cliffs, yellow sand, colorful stones and pines. The visitor will enjoy the view of the red cliff that continues deep into the sea forming a small cape. Steni Vala, a fishing village with rooms to let and taverns with traditional food is a picturesque harbor that looks like a small fjord.In Steni Bala is the Protection Center of the Mediterranean Seal.
The island has several restaurants, traditional, simple and luxurious where you can taste whatever food you want. Traditional flavors are the hamalia, macaroon in a leaf sprinkled with icing and aroma of lemon or orange, cinnamon and nutmeg. The macaroons made with different recipes, the bubbles (donuts) and the sultana (a kind of sweet bougatsa) are also unique flavors on the island. Patitiri and Palia Chora are places where the night rhythms of the island become more intense. The nightlife offers a wide range of options, from relaxing at the sea to the party that lasts until the early morning hours.