Scenic hotspots and traditional food make holidays to Alonissos a feast for the senses, not to mention a healthy source of vitamin sea.
An insider's Greek getaway
Alonissos – a Greek
island in the Northern Sporades – is the place for unspoiled coastlines far off the tourist trail. From wildlife reserves and boat tours to chilled-out restaurants, there's plenty to squeeze onto your to-do list here.
Alonissos has some of the most scenic trails in the region for hiking. Take the old road from Chora to Gerakas and discover ancient coves, or visit Megali Ammos
on the northern coastline. Head up there early on a clear morning to avoid the heat of the sun while you snap photos of the view.
The National Marine Park of Alonissos protects endangered animals and forms part of the island's individual charm. Though a tad on the shy side, monk seals like to show up to sunbathe. Keep your camera ready in case you spot resident falcons, turtles or dolphins while exploring the park.
Next-door island gems
From this North Aegean Island
, you can get to neighbouring destinations via slow-moving ferries, faster catamarans or a speedy dolphin boat. Cruise over to Skiathos
to relax on super-sandy Koukounaries Beach, or stroll around the ancient ruins of Kastro.