Alonissos is known for its outstanding natural beauty. The southern regions of the island are full of pines with peripatetic paths, beautiful landscapes and beaches with crystal clear waters.
Because of its position, Alonnisos always has been an Aegean Sea roads’ passage. Throughout history it was given various names such as Ikos, Euonymus, Liodromia, Chiliodromia. Should not be confused with the ancient Alonnisos, which probably was the nearby island Kyra Panagia. It was a trading post during Minoan era and thrived due to the development of the viticulture and the wine for which it is famous until nowadays. Kokkinokastro spot is considered to be the one of the ancient city of Ikos, where have been found remains of the fortification and the buildings.
In 1992, the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades was established to protect Monachus Monachus, one of the most rare mammals in the Mediterranean. The Marine Park is a unique habitat that besides the protection of the Monachus Monachus, it deals with the research and care of Mediterranean monk seal and other species.
Patitiri is Alonnisos’ capital, port and the island’s commercial center. Its name derives from the grape mills that used to be in the area.
Chora or Alonnisos is the old capital of the island built onto the top of the hill with the traditional settlements of stone built houses with colorful windows and doors.
Alonnisos is an ideal destination for hikers. Through the cobbled paths, enjoy the rich in fauna and plant natural ambient. Alonnisos houses the central office of the National Academy of Classical Homeopathy.
KYRA PANAGIA or PELAGONISI
An island dedicated to Virgin Mary at the northeast of Alonnisos. On the top of the mountain stands the monastery of Kyra Panagia, Metochion of Aghio Oros.
Piperi island is the centre of the Marine Park. Its steep shores form various caves, where the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus Monachus and other rare birds find shelter. The island is covered by a dense pine forest.
An island with steep shores and peculiar mountainous relief. Gioura is home to rare wildlife goats and various rare species of birds. It is believed to be the place of the cave of Cyclop Polyphemos. Inside, there have been discovered significant findings of human activity dating back to 9.000 BC.
The northernmost island of the Sporades with volcanic rocks and crystal clear waters.