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Alonnisos or Alonissos ) is the least touristed island in the Sporades Islands. It is 3 km (2 nm) E of the island of Skopelos. Alonissos is also the name of a village on the island. The Municipality of Alonissos includes several other islands. The island at its widest is 4.5 km from northwest to southeast and at its longest is 20 km from southwest to northeast. The island is mostly limestone. It is located east of mainland Greece and Magnesia, northeast of Euboea and northwest of the island of Skyros. Alonissos has one main road which leads to three villages in the western part of the island and several unused roads throughout the island. The village of Alonissos is located on the southern part of the island. It is locally known as Chora. The main port of the island is located in the southeast and is called Patitiri. There is ferry and hydrofoil service from Patitiri to Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Thessaloniki on the mainland and to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. The bay at the southern end of the island is also called Alonissos. (less...) (more...)
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Sea caves where seals live. Don't expect to see any seals, they're too shy to be seen. One of the things you should do if you have some time in Patitiri is visit the Alonissos museum. This is housed in a bright new stone building to the left of the town beach. The get there go passed the bars and tavernas behind the town beach and up the steps at the end. The door to the museum is up the steps. Exhibits are located on the lower ground, ground and first floor with a coffee shop on the second floor. There is a lift to all floors.
As you can see from the inscription below this a private venture undertaken by Costas and Angela Mavriki. Traditional House Museum of Alonissos
The museum opened during the summer of 2005 and is located at the start of the main thoroughfare of the Upper Old Town. When you walk up the steps from the plateia with the war memoriar on your right the building on the right hand side is the new museum. The war memorial is attached to the rear wall of the new museum building. On the side of the museum wall you will see a yellow sign as shown below top. The entrance is up the first set of steps on the right and has a sign above the door shown below bottom. Exhibits are located on the ground floor and first floor and recreate the inside of a traditional Alonissos house. There is no entrance fee and is definitely worth a visit.
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- The Alonissos photography experience will be one of the most valuable experiences of your life. Bring your camera and take pictures of unforgettable moments.
- From the early light bouncing quietly off the ancient white washed walls to the delicate pink hue of the late afternoon sun setting, your lens will be filled with wonder for every moment. Try to be embarked on a daily trip sailing around the island or to the deserted island around. Don’t miss to be embarked on daily walking journeys through the narrow winding pathways of the villages, discovering interesting architecture, the natives and their culture, and some donkeys and mules being led through the narrow paths from ocean to cliff side.
- Swim: The waters of the island are considered to be the cleanest in the Aegean and have been declared a MarinePark and conservation area in order to protect a rare species of monk seal, the Monachus Monachus that breed in the region. Alonissos has a variety of beaches, like the others Sporades islands have. Most are on the east side. Megali Ammos an isolate unspoiled beach to the Northwest coast is really wonderful.
- Note: In areas where approaching is permitted, swimming, observation of the sea bed, amateur photography and filming are allowed.
All fish dishes are delicious as most restaurants only serve the day’s catch. The bakery on the right of the main street in Patitiri has delicious pastries. One cannot miss the famous lobster spaghetti dish of Kyria Tasia in her tavern at Steni Vala and her sister’s Soultana desert in the coffee house next door.
The style is hearty rather than overcomplicated. It’s better away from the tourist “chips with everything” areas in the major resorts. Alonissos tavernas generally offer best menus. Portions are usually generous. The excellence of the local wine is a real bonus, and at good prices, so a night out tends to be inexpensive and a lot of fun!
All the markets in Alonissos produce plentiful and inexpensive food. There are small supermarkets well stocked with local and imported food. Feeding 2 people for a week would cost you around €100.
Restaurants and Tavernas are not expensive – you should be able to eat and drink for around £7 per head, and enjoy a really good meal.
Local wines and spirits are good value, and beer will cost about €0,50 a bottle, cigarettes €3.80 per packet).
The cuisine is best enjoyed at the invitation of a local to go to his house - don’t turn down an invite. Grilled fish or meat sprinkled with local herbs cooked slowly on an outside charcoal fire is always delicious, especially when its washed down with some local village wine. Greek salad is well known, of course, and the souvlakia (meat on a skewer) is always to be found in village Tavernas.
If you enjoy seafood find a local Ouzorea that’s used by the locals and try a meze.
At lunchtime fried Calamari with a bottle of chilled Retsina is wonderful.
Breakfast tends to be light, and of the continental variety. But most tourist tavernas now do full English breakfasts, Omelettes and toasted sandwiches.
The tap water is drinkable and restaurants will serve glasses of ice water upon request. Local drinks include Mythos (beer) and Ouzo.
- Jewelry stores are common
- Colorful sea shells are a popular souvenir item, but very many of them are actually imported, and have no authentic connection to the island whatsoever.
- Many brand name products for sale in the tourist shops may be fakes and/or unlicensed (t-shirts, towels, hand bags, and so on)
- Geko (Silver&Art), Patitiri (Port), ☎ +306972386870, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:00-00:00. Collection of silver or silver and gold jewellery made by famous Greek designers. Accessories such as bags, sandals, silk scarf, wooden necklaces, wooden bracelets.By far the most unique and beautiful pieces sold on the island.
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