Rejuvilating Holidays in Alonissos
After such a gloomy and tiring winter what you and your family need is a quiet and relaxing getaway where you can enjoy the scenic beauty that Greece has to offer. Forget everything you knew about the typical summer vacation on an island, and take our recommendation to visit Sporades. As one of the few remaining "heaven-on-earth" locations that has yet to be tainted by the chaos of tourism, this group of secluded islands retains its ability to offer a peaceful and rejuvenating experience to you and your family.
Alonnisos, the second largest island in the group, is characterized by green landscape and pebbled beaches that you will fall in love with at first sight. Its numerous littoral caves are homes to the Mediterranean Seal and exploring these sea caves is bound to be an unforgettable experience. The island promises to offer you and your family a memorable vacation.
Patitiri, the island's main port, has many vibrant and colorful attractions. Great Mourtias, Votsi, Rousoum Seashore, Leftos Seashore, Stenivala, Kalamakia, and Ai-Dimitris are some of the island's small villages, fully equipped with the beautiful beaches and hospitable seafood taverns necessary for a revitalizing experience.
The mainland is decorated with traditional architecture and cobbled streets ideal for leisure walks into the sunset. Exploring the mainland you will discover many churches in various scenic locations while at the highest points of the island you can visit the ruins of the old castles.
Make certain to visit the Folk Museum, which features artifacts from daily life in Alonissos of past centuries, as well as the History Museum, where you can admire the island's traditional objects and costumes as well as a collection of ancient tools and military weapons.
A distinct experience, especially for children, is the tour of the National Marine Park of Alonissos which is home to the Mediterranean Seal Monachus Monachus and other protected rare species. It is a huge area of 2,200 square kilometers dedicated to the protection of the island's rich local fauna, including more than 300 species of fish, dolphins, whales, rare corals, endangered bird species, and of course the seal Monachus Monachus. You can also attend organized tours held throughout the island. It is worth noting, however, that diving is strictly prohibited due to the many ancient remains of shipwrecks.
The International Academy of Homeopathy is located in Milia keeping the tradition of natural medicine alive by means of the miracle-working herbs that flourish on the island.
In the Alonissos' mainland, traditional events like the alonnisiotikos marriage are recreated annually on the 15th of August. The traditional celebration of "trachana making" takes place every July. The women of the village prepare homemade trachana, and the process is accompanied by lots of music and merrymaking. The festival of the Virgin Mary on August 15 takes place in the mainland and is characterized by live traditional music and a huge feast. The festival of Aghia Paraskevi on July 26 at Patitiri is also an event that you shouldn't miss.
The island's traditional kitchen is famous for its renown recipes, as the area is considered as a paradise of fresh fish. Make sure to try the Chowder, stuffed calamari, lobster, barbecue eggplant, and Alonnisiotiki cheese pie. Taste some of the island's traditional sweets like rice pudding, pecan pie, almond cookies, and roasted figs with honey.