The island of Alonissos is very close to Skopelos and also to Skiathos. It was a pretty good opportunity for us to visit it even for a day, as we were staying at Skopelos island near the end of August.
A variety of daily trips are offered, right at the town of Skopelos. At least 4 to 5 boats do the -more or less- same trip, at the -more or less- same price.
The sea was calm, and our trip was smooth. Alonissos has a port that doesn’t have something to see (except taverns, etc.), but we were advised to head for the old town at the top of the cliff. A bus leaves for that place regularly.
The fair is exceptionally cheap, so don’t bother walking there under the hot sun.
Old town of Alonissos
The old city of Alonissos is quite picturesque, but what gave us a series of “Wow” moments was the view!
Allow yourself to “get lost” and explore the old town.
The narrow paths were charming to walk through.
While, in every turn, views changed constantly.
Different small shops and taverns, nicely decorated with that Greek island mix of colors of blue and white, were scattered in the old town.
There were some places where you could sit and enjoy a coffee or a beverage, where the view was spectacular.
The old town of Alonissos is quite a colorful place. There are many souvenir shops with these “silly” memorabilia that make our lives playful.
Check the color combination at this coffee shop!
And, of course, that fantastic view again!
Take me to the Beaches of Alonissos!
Leaving the old town part, we embarked in our boat and moved to one of the most amazing beaches, called “Leftos Gialos.”
Excellent waters, a perfect beach bar and facilities, shade, and even cold food to enjoy!
We spent more than an hour there and time flew so fast. This beach was great! So clean, and check these colors!
Leaving the old town, we embarked on our boat again, and this time we would move to a small fishing village, where we would have time to have lunch and swim.
We chose the lunch part since it was late noon and we were starving. That fishing village was so quiet and small.
To approach the beach (called Steni Valla) and see what we missed, we had to climb a hill partially. The beach was OK, but nothing compared to the first one, so we were glad about our decision to go for lunch.
It was late afternoon and our boat “called” for getting us back to Skopelos. We had already been in Alonissos old town and had a swim, cold coffee, and a pretty nice lunch.
The captain told us that we would pass next to the National Marine Park of Alonissos, and probably (if we were lucky enough) we would meet some dolphins.
The last time we met these magnificent mammals was at a massive Zoo in Athens (Attica Park). Yet, to see them in their natural environment, having them playing around following our boat, was something else.
A picture cannot reveal that properly. Almost all fellow passengers were like small kids and pleased when two dolphins were doing their “tricks” around the boat.
One hour later, the well-known city and the famous church of Skopelos appeared ahead of us, marking the end of a perfect day.
If you plan to visit Alonissos, then this is a lovely way.
Please stand by for our Skopelos posts too. We did a sea kayak and more there, and it was terrific too.