Destinations in Alonissos
With a gorgeous beach, authentic tavernas and picturesque streets to stroll through, holidays to Patitiri have a little something for everyone's taste.
Holidays to Marpunta find you on a secluded sliver of a Greek island – it's tranquil, chock-a-block with breathtaking sights and a perfect spot for some R&R.
Top things to See and Do in Alonissos
Think calm, clear waters, laidback beaches and cosy beach taverns, and you've got Alonissos. This place delivers big time when it comes to coastal bays that are free of touristy hubbub. From rocky coves to shingle beaches, this little island's got it all.
The big beach
Agios Dimitrios can't be beat in terms of glistening Aegean views. The charming, pebbly peninsula's a top pick for snapping selfies against a deep rosy sunset. After dark, drive 25 minutes down the road to Patitiri for a spot of seafood linguine.
The secret beach
For those days that call for kicking back, head to Kokkinokastro beach. Dramatic orange cliffs, shockingly blue water and lines of pine trees make this sweet little spot effortlessly photogenic. There's treasure beneath the surface, too – Palaeolithic relics have been found on an islet just offshore.
If you're planning to whip up an Aegean storm in the kitchen on your return home, pick up some of the island's products in the old town. Culinary staples include fine virgin olive oil and wild herbs for Greek grills and sweet, sticky honey for baklavas.
If, like most visitors, you fall prey to the charms of those adorable monk seals at the National Marine Park, exit through the gift shop for do-good souvenirs –all the profits go straight to conservation efforts. In Skiathos, show off your best haggling skills at the jewellery and clothing stalls around town.
Don't be surprised if the picturesque locales and sunset hues inspire you to redecorate after your trip. Splash out on an original painting in the village of Chora, dubbed by locals as 'Old Alonissos'. There's also Patitiri, home to upmarket boutiques that sell one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces and hand-dipped candles.
Venture over to the east of the island to toast the sunset on the shores of Megalos Mourtias. Afterwards, head inland and seek out Astrofegia restaurant in Chora for an intimate dinner al fresco.
Alonissos is pretty stripped back when it comes to nightlife. If you don't mind searching for them, there are a few live music spots dotted around Patitiri.
Fruits of the sea
Locally caught lobsters take pride of place at most tables, but hearty tuna grills and expertly spiced crayfish pasta aren't to be snubbed.
A selection of cold plates is the best menu for a sunny afternoon. Try freshly made hummus with a sprinkling of paprika, or a feta, olive and tomato salad drizzled with omega-rich olive oil.
Comfort food's done well here. Wolf down warm Greek classics like mouthwatering moussaka and veg-rich fasolatha bean soup.
What's better than a hot pie? Spinach and goats cheese fill savoury staples around here, while a walnut version with a cheeky dollop of ice-cream satisfies a sweet tooth.
You're never far from bakeries stocked with traditional baklavas and syrup-filled delicacies. For a snack on the go, still-warm koulouri bread is a must with an espresso.