GETTING TO ALONNISOS
FROM ATHENS BY ROAD & SEA
There is a coach connecting central of Athens to the
port of Agios Konstantinos, about 160 Km to the north.
The coach leaves Kanningos square, near Omonia Square,
approximately 3 - 3,5 hrs prior to the ferry or hydrofoil
departure time from Ag. Konstantinos. Tickets can be
purchased from Alkyon Travel, 97 Akadimias street (adjacent
to the coach departure point).
Olympic Airlines fly from Athens airport (El. Venizelos) to Skiathos
throughout the year. During the winter there is a twice-weekly
service, while during the summer there is a daily service. Tthe
flight time is 40 minutes and the one way ticket costs around
45 €. From Skiathos there are
frequent ferry and hydrofoil connentions to Alonnisos. To see up-to-date timetable information, click on the 'Coastal Tickets' button at the left of the screen, enter 'Skiathos' under 'From', 'Alonnisos' under 'To', and the date you wish to travel. (back
Hydrofoils (a fast way of travelling for foot passengers only)
leave Volos for Alonnisos daily, stopping at Skiathos
and Skopelos en route. These are
more frequent during the summer. The journey time is 2 hours and
30 minutes. There is also a ferry service for foot passengers
and vehicles which takes 4 hours and 15 minutes. To see up-to-date timetable information, click on the 'Coastal Tickets' button at the left of the screen, enter 'Volos' under 'From', 'Alonnisos' under 'To', and the date you wish to travel. (back
There is a daily Flying Cat service for foot passengers which
makes the journey in just 3 hours. In addition, a ferry service
for foot passengers and vehicles takes 5 hours 40 minutes to reach
Alonnisos. To see up-to-date timetable information, click on the 'Coastal Tickets' button at the left of the screen, enter 'Thessaloniki' under 'From', 'Alonnisos' under 'To', and the date you wish to travel. (back to map)
There are ferry boats from Bari, Ancona, Brindisi and Venice
to Igoumenitsa and
Patras. If your destination on the east coast of Greece
is Volos, it would be better to alight the ferry at
Igoumenitsa. this is 362 Kms from Volos, a drive of about
5 hours. If you wish to get to Agios Konstantinos,
alight the ferry from Patras. From
Patras there are the new cable bridge (Rio to Antirio) and a small
ferry boat which crosses the Corinthian gulf between the above
ports. From here it is almost 200 Kms to Agios
Konstantinos, a drive of about 4 hours. (back
There are charter flights to Skiathos
from various airports in Holland, the United Kingdom, Italy and
Germany. From Skiathos there are
frequent hydrofoil / ferry crossings to Alonnisos. (back
The island of Alonnisos is thirteen miles long and three miles wide, and like her eighbors Skopelos and Skiathos, her hillsides are covered in thick pine forests and olive groves. Close by are the tiny islands of Peristera, home to a few shepherds and small colonies of cormorants; Panagia Kyra, uninhabited except for wild goats; Skangoura and her isolated monastery; Pappou, uninhabited except for wild hares; Youra, again uninhabited except for wild goats and possessing a spectacular cave which is believed to have been the home of the Cyclops Life on Skopelos is led at a slow pace.
The pace on Alonnisos is slower. Traditional professions and customs are evident; out of the island's population of nearly 2000, 200 are fishermen. The fishing port of Patitiri is a colorful jostle of large and small caiques supplying the island and the mainland with a rich assortment of fish. Shaded by trees, the waterfront bars and taverns of Patitiri provide an attractive setting for those who like to watch the complicated antics of yachtsmen negotiating mooring space with local fishing boats. Two supermarkets, three bakeries, two fruit shops and an innovative 'croissanterie' provide for all tastes.
Goat tracks through the forested interior of the island provide the means to explore the wild and uninhabited terrain - areas left to the olive and plum pickers and circling hawks and falcons.
Taking a private boat from Patitiri and traveling along the south-eastern coastline, one passes the small fishing village of Votsi; secluded coves backed by wooded hillsides; the sheltered harbor of Steni Vala with its sleepy, waterfront taverns specializing in rich soups of scorpion fish aČnd mullet; the neighboring island of Peristera, carpeted with wild olive trees and indented by small sandy bays; the seaside hamlet of Kalamakia, consisting of three family homes each with their own tavern above a jetty; a further stretch of secluded beaches culminating in a cluster of deep sea caves studded by stalactites.
Alonnisos is an island of contrasts: a rich green interior of
pine forest and olive grove, the varied shades of blue Aegean
Sea; small, secluded beaches and deep sea-caves carved out of
steep cliff faces; the port of Patitiri, busy with its fleet of
fishing boats and visiting yachts, and the unhurried atmosphere
of the old town.
ALONNISOS OLD TOWN
The old town of Alonnisos is set back on a hilltop behind Patitiri, a walk of about forty minutes. To one side of the town' s entrance are four circular, stone 'threshing-floors' which were once used to separate wheat grain. The highest point of the town holds a series of small squares with cafe bars and taverns, shaded by mulberry and cypress trees, which command spectacular views out to sea.
Cobblestone pathways descend the hillside past clusters of terraced
houses, some neglected and overgrown, others carefully restored
and adorned with bright bougainvillea. The town is quiet and sleepy
but with more houses available for holiday lets it is slowly becoming
busier; there are only three general stores and a few boutiques
that appear incongruous in such a secluded setting.