Our Island

Alonissos is a hidden gem in the Aegean Sea, a small island that offers a relaxing and authentic experience to its visitors. Whether you are looking for stunning beaches, lush forests, charming villages or rich history and culture, our island has something for everyone.

Alonissos belongs to the Sporades island group, along with Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. It is also the center of the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades, the largest protected marine area in Europe. The park is home to the endangered Mediterranean monk seal, as well as many other rare species of flora and fauna. You can explore the park by boat, kayak or diving and discover the beauty and diversity of its marine life.

Alonissos has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the Paleolithic era. It was once a stronghold of pirates, a center of wine production and a refuge for exiles. Characteristic archaeological sites of the island are the ancient sunken city of Ikos at Kokkinokastro, the medieval castle of Chora and the shipwreck of Peristera.

In short, the ancient shipwreck of Alonnisos at Peristera occurred in 425 BC. The wooden ship carried 3,000 amphorae with wine, many of which remain intact. It is the first underwater museum in Greece and has been called “The Parthenon of Shipwrecks” because of its immense importance. It is a real jewel for our island and a pole of attraction for visitors for diving tourism from all over the world.

We should also add that opposite our houses is the Information Center for the Ancient Shipwrecks in the Marine Park, housed in the old School of Alonissos, which was built in 1903. Its amazing innovation offers visitors a virtual diving experience in the wreck of Peristera, with a VR mask, something extremely interesting, especially for people who cannot dive in the real wreck at 25 meters deep.

In Alonissos you will also find two important museums that invite you to discover its rich heritage and delve into its history. Firstly, the Pirate Museum of Alonissos where you will discover the fascinating history of the pirates who ruled the waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. The museum houses artefacts, maps and narratives that depict the life and adventures of these seafarers. Also the Traditional-Laographic House in Chora of Alonissos is an authentic traditional house, where you can learn about the culture of the local people, local art, crafts and traditions.

You can even admire the traditional architecture of Chora, which is the old capital, Votsi, the main fishing port, and Steni Vala, a picturesque fishing harbour.

Alonissos is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, with many trails leading to scenic spots and hidden corners. You can walk through olive groves, pine forests and aromatic herbs and enjoy the view of the sea and the neighbouring islands. You can also relax on one of its many beaches, ranging from sandy to pebbly, organised to secluded. Some of the most popular beaches are Chrisi Milia, Kokinokastro, Agios Dimitrios and Leftos Gialos.

Alonissos is also a gastronomic and festive destination, with many local specialities and events to taste and enjoy. You can try the island’s famous cheese pie, honey, almond cakes and taste its fresh seafood and fine fish, as well as the famous Alonissos tuna. You can also participate in the island’s festivities, such as the festival of Agios Ioannis, the Folklore Festival of Alonissos on 15th of August and other cultural events.

Alonnisos is an island that will enchant you with its natural beauty, its cultural heritage and its hospitable people. It is a place where you can escape the crowds and stress and reconnect with yourself and nature.