Alonissos, is a very quiet little
island, located in a backwater to the east of Skopelos. It is
primarily a destination for day trippers from the nearby
islands, who may want to escape the rush of Skiathos, for
instance. This may change in the future, as this island is now
very well connected (only 20 mins by hydrofoil from Skopelos).
And indeed, package tourism HAS arrived. But Alonissos is
probably not attractive enough to ever be spoilt by great
hordes of people, and it will probably retain it quiet rural
charm, an easily accessible refuge for those who want to get
away from it all. At least for now, it's a nice place for some
quiet and easy strolling around the greek countryside.
Alonissos has the most charming little hillside Chora,
although pretty much deserted. After an earthquake in the
sixties, the inhabitants left for the other villages closer to
the sea, but it is now finally being rebuilt. It is a very
nice place with excellent views over the island. I would very
much prefer this village to it's Skopelos equivalent, which
looks pretty shabby. If you don't want to take the walk up
there, a bus does exist, but the walk is just as charming as
the village itself.
Alonissos has one problem, though, and that is the lack of
good (and accessible) beaches. The best approach is by boat.
Some of the nicest beaches on the island, to the south of the
port, are now fenced in by "Holiday Clubs", and are,
as it seems, not open to the general public. But I do think
that, after Greek law, the public should be allowed to access
ALL beaches !
has suffered in the past with earthquakes, one of which caused
considerable damage to Hora in 1965, most of the
inhabitants left the town for other Islands or went to live in
Patitiri, the present harbour.
around the island is not easy, there are no taxis, few busses,
and so the best ways to get around are on foot or by boat.
Many of the
houses in the old town are being rebuilt by the Germans and
English as holiday homes. It's very picturesque in a
kind of ramshackle way.