Think calm, clear waters, laidback beaches and cosy beach tavernas, and you've got Alonissos. This place delivers big-time when it comes to bays that are free of the touristy hubbub. From rocky coves to shingle beaches, this little island's got it all.
Agios Dimitrios can't be beaten in terms of glistening Aegean Sea 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.
For those days that call for kicking back, head to Kokkinokastro Beach. Orange cliffs, shockingly blue water and lines of pine trees make this sweet 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, or sweet, sticky honey for 'baklava' pastries.
If, like most visitors, you fall in love with 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. On Skiathos, show off your best haggling skills at the jewellery and clothing stalls around town.
Don't be surprised if the picturesque views and sunset hues inspire you to redecorate after your trip. Splash out on an original painting in the village of Chora, dubbed 'Old Alonissos' by locals. There's also Patitiri, home to upmarket boutiques selling 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 a cosy restaurant in Chora for an intimate dinner al fresco.
Alonissos is pretty stripped back when it comes to nightlife, but there are a few live music spots dotted around Patitiri – just be prepared to search a little to root them out.
Locally caught lobsters take pride of place at most tables, but hearty tuna grills and expertly spiced crayfish pasta aren't to be snubbed either.
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' – or, bean soup.
Nothing's better than a hot pie – spinach and goats cheese fill the savoury staples around here. If you've got a sweet tooth, you'll want to try a walnut version with a cheeky dollop of ice-cream.
You're never far from bakeries stocked with traditional baklavas and syrup-filled delicacies in Alonissos. For a snack on the go, still-warm koulouri bread is a must with an espresso.
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