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Guide to Alonissos

A secluded oasis of natural splendour

Alonissos is the most remote and untouched island in the Sporades group. Expect rugged landscapes peppered with olive groves, scents of wild herbs infusing the air, and beautiful beaches with glassy waters. Comprising a large part of the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades, it’s the ideal destination if you’re searching for a peaceful island refuge in an authentically Greek setting.

One of the jewels of Alonissos is the Chora. The ancient town is perched atop a hill with stunning panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Quaint whitewashed buildings with blue shutters dot the hillside, enticing you to explore the narrow cobbled streets and admire the traditional architecture. It’s a charming spot to spend an afternoon discovering the many tavernas, orthodox chapels, and artist’s galleries, before settling down to enjoy the vibrant sunset blaze across the sky.

The main settlement of the island is now Patitiri. This is the ideal point from which to sail out and spend time in the National Marine Park, the largest protected marine area in Europe and home to the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal. The marine park also protects rare seabirds and dolphins, as well as boasting an impressive variety of fish and coral. A number of small islets, as well as Alonissos, comprise the marine park and these are all open to visitors. The only closed area is the island of Piperi, which hosts the delicate ecosystem and limestone caves where the seals live. Be aware you’re not allowed to enter the three nautical mile zone surrounding it.

Testament to the quality of the waters within the marine park, Alonissos is an underwater gem for those interested in scuba diving. Hailed as one of the Mediterranean’s top lesser-known diving spots, there are 4 companies on the island offering dives which cater from beginner to experienced. The vibrant designated dive sites are teeming with marine life, and the exceptional water clarity gives visibility to an impressive depth. There are also many ancient and modern-day shipwrecks to explore; a true diver’s paradise.

For those who’d rather explore on dry land, you’ll come across many peaceful fishing villages perfect for a fresh seafood lunch, and stunning beaches nestled in snug coves. If you ask, the locals may tell you about their secret sunset spots, or maybe you’ll discover one all your own. In true Greek island style, there are plenty of incredible beaches to enjoy, particularly Chrisi Milia, the only sandy beach on Alonissos. Here, the shallow emerald waters lap the fine sands, and is overlooked by taverna terraces sheltering under nearby pine trees. Or visit the secluded cove of Leftos Gialos, with its wild herbs and lavender growing amongst the neighbouring olive trees. 

The primary marina on Alonissos is in the island’s main town of Patitiri, and can host large vessels with a max length of 60m. The marina has basic amenities but is situated a mere stone’s throw to the town itself, so restaurants and other conveniences are within easy reach. This stunning and untouched natural haven is ready to be discovered on a crewed yacht charter vacation.

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Reasons to Visit

Rugged untouched landscapes
A scuba diver’s paradise
Historical Chora with panoramic views
Secluded natural beaches and coves
Exceptionally clear waters

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Safari
  • Monuments
  • Marine Life
  • Nature
  • Diving
  • Anchorage

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