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Alonnissos: The marine wealth of Europe on an island... 

This little gem of the Sporades, well known for the largest marine park in Europe, is perhaps the most appropriate destination for nature lovers. Short cruises to small islands that surround it, diving in the enchanting sea depths and historic shipwrecks, walks in the city streets and in country villages, dives in the turquoise waters ... These are a few of the activities you have the opportunity to enjoy in Alonnissos. Of course, the unique cuisine of Sporades could not be missed from this magical combination that composes the perfect holiday destination.

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The magic marine park

Have you known that Europe's largest water park is located in Alonnissos? The marine area which covers  is amounted to 2,200 square kilometers and includes the areas around Alonnissos and the islands Peristera, Kyra Panagia, Skantzoura, Jura, Pappous, Piperi and Psathoura. The marine park is focused on the protection of endangered species of the sea seal Monachus Monachus,of the sea turtles,of the dolphins and cormorants. To visit it, you will find a boat that sets off from Alonnissos and approaches the other islands at a safe distance for the sea animals.

The small island with the history of 8,000 years ...

The uninhabited island of the Northern Sporades is rumored that is the place which, in the ancient times, was called Alonnissos. There lies the monastery which was dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary with the pictures of the 18th century and the impressive mosaic. In Kyra Panagia an oil press and a windmill are preserved, which show, in combination with the findings of the archaeological excavations, that the island was inhabited in 6000 B.C.

Walks for nature lovers

The lush green landscapes of the island predispose you for walks through picturesque villages, pine forests, olive groves and canyons. The beauty of Alonnissos is unique, while the paths will lead you to chapels, creeks and crystal shores. The Old Alonnissos with the narrow streets, the harbor in the village of Patitiri ,the cape Kalovoulo and the Kastanorema gorge are some of the points of the paths that deserve your attention.

Discovering historic shipwrecks ...

The Alonissos seabed is of great interest, not only because of rare marine species that swim in it, but also because of historic shipwrecks of the 4th century BC and the Byzantine period. The diving schools on the island will provide you with all the necessary equipment and knowledge you need to explore the marine wealth of Alonnissos.

The beaches of contrasts ...

The beaches of Alonissos remind a postcard. Although ,among them, they are quite different, their coasts have turquoise waters. Colored pebbles, golden sand, cliffs, pine forests and olive groves,are of a short distance from the country or accessible only by boat, the beaches  of Alonnissos offer special tranquility. The  exotic Saint Dimitrios is considered the most famous and most beautiful beach on the island. Kokkinokastro stands out because of the red, hanging rocks that surround it, in the Golden Milia you have the opportunity to experience water sports and diving, while in Lefto Gialo the whitewashed stones create excellent contrasts with the deep blue waters.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of Alonnissos greatly resembles that of the other islands of the Sporades. The fresh fish starring in restaurants and taverns, create fantastic dishes, the fish soup ’kakavia’ which is not missing from any table. Of course, you could not also miss from the island, the local cheese pie, similar to that of Skopelos. The hamalia, the fouskakia (donuts) and the cake is the sweet temptations of the island, which we highly recommend.

 
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