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Escape the high-season crowds that overwhelm the more popular of the Greek Islands by heading to tranquil Alonissos for a quiet honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Also transliterated as Alonnisos or Alonisos, this small, authentic Greek isle is renowned for its rugged, unspoiled natural beauty, gorgeous beaches and pristine clear waters, which are considered to be the cleanest in the Aegean Sea.
What to do and see on Alonissos
Stroll the narrow stone-paved streets of Old Alonissos, a charming Greek village that sprawls across the island’s highest point and showcases traditional white-washed houses with blue painted doors and windows. Meander beneath balconies decorated with colourful flowers and plants.
From the hilltop café, enjoy a refreshing drink and be rewarded with panoramic views. Wander the ruins of a 15th century Venetian castle and admire the beautiful white chapel.
An earthquake in 1965 severely damaged Old Alonissos (which is now restored). Because of this, most of the inhabitants were forced to leave their homes and relocate to the picturesque port of Patatiri, which is framed by steep ochre yellow cliffs and sprawls across a pine-studded hillside in front of a sheltered cove. Wander the waterfront and narrow streets lined with shops, bars, cafés and tavernas.
Alonissos is easily explored on foot, bicycle or by car. Discover a landscape rich in pine and spruce forests, olive groves and green hills punctuated by deep ravines, gorges, cliffs and secluded beaches.
Alonissos is arguably the best of the Sporades Islands for hiking, with a choice of 14 marked routes comprising a mix of short pleasant walks and longer challenging treks. Try the hiking trail from Ayios Dhimitrios to the scenic Kastanorema Gorge, returning along the northeast coast. Or hike from Melegakia to Ayios Konstandinos.
Don’t miss a guided excursion from Patatiri to the National Marine Park, a 2200km² reserve rich in marine life, including more than 300 species of seabirds, fish, dolphin, whales and the rare and endangered Mediterranean monk seal.
Although Alonissos is the smallest and least developed of Sporades Islands, holiday accommodation is not an issue. This is especially true during the summer months when you have options that range from hotels to apartments in Patitiri, Old Alonissos and close to the most popular beaches.
Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels on Alonissos at TripAdvisor.
Best time to visit Alonissos
The best time to honeymoon in the Sporades is during the mid season (May, June, September and October) when the sky is sunny and temperatures average a warm 23°C. Mid season also provides more reasonable hotel prices and generally less crowds.
The summer months of July to August average 26°C but are best avoided if you don’t enjoy crowds as Skiathos is generally swamped with European and Greek holidaymakers. The winter off-season, from November through February, is generally quiet with high rainfall. The Sporades are not as hot as the Cyclades.
Alonissos is located in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the Pelion Peninsula in northern Greece. Alonissos is part of the Sporades island group, which is comprised of Skopelos, Skiros, Alonnissos and Skiathes, plus a number of smaller islands.
By hydrofoil, Alonissos is one and a half hours from Skiathos and two and a half hours from the mainland port of Agios Konstantinos. By ferry, Alonissos is four hours from Volos and Agios Konstantinos.
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