Holidays to Marpunta serve up a secluded slice of Greece – it's tranquil, chock-a-block with breathtaking sights and perfect for a spot of R&R.

Rustic charm

Marpunta's a pocket-sized village on the south coast of the island of Alonissos. Despite being a short drive from the island's capital, this rural spot's in a world of its own, with authentic charm on tap and quiet hiking trails to hand. Perfumed by the surrounding pines, it's a mini Greek paradise.

Coastal beauty

There are two crescent bays to choose from here. The Aegean Sea's too inviting to refuse a dip, and the views of the other Sporades Islands make for a dreamy horizon. If you head over to the nearby marine park, you may even catch a glimpse of local Mediterranean monk seals.

Greek treats

The island's capital, Patitiri, is only a five-minute drive away. Here, you can pop into a seafront taverna for fresh seafood, local wines and – of course – ouzo. The peaceful little town's a pretty one to stroll through – think narrow streets lined with petite houses that have flowers tumbling from their balconies.

At a Glance

  • Walk along tree-lined hiking trails
  • Splash about in crystal-clear seawater
  • Tuck in to traditional meze in neighbouring Patitiri