Alonissos

Sporades

Of outstanding natural beauty is the protected marine park between Alonissos and Peristera Island which is a breeding ground for the rare Monk seal and a paradise for snorkeling and diving. The old town of Alonissos, Hora, perched on top of the hillside with its bird's eye view over the bay, is utterly charming with old stone houses and winding streets full of colour. The picturesque fishing village of Steni Vala offers sleepy, unhurried charm where fishermen mend their nets by the quay and the fish tavernas offer just-caught fish from their caique boats.

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Pretty good recommendations

Tassia's Cooking Taverna

Steni Vala

One cannot miss the famous lobster spaghetti dish of Kyria Tasia in her taverna at Steni Vala. Her sister Soultana has the café next door and her deserts are wonderful.

Tel: (+30) 2424 065590

www.facebook.com/Tassias-Cooking-1173114932699024/

 

 

 

Shopping

The nearest (and biggest) commercial centre on the island is the port of Patitiri 4kms from the villa. Here you’ll find the bank, post office, pharmacy, several rent a car/bike/boat places, 3 supermarkets, a baker’s shop, fantastic butchers, a fishmonger, a couple of fruit and veg shops and a couple of take away shops. Opening hours are 8am – 2pm and 5pm to 10pm every day during high season. As there is no central market, the butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fruit & veg shops not only supply the domestic consumer but also all the restaurants on the island. For this reason, it’s a good idea to try to avoid their immediate opening hours as this is when they concentrate on the wholesale bulk orders for other trade and you could be waiting a while. Particularly in the butchers, if you can’t see what you want, ASK for it – because they usually have what you’re looking for but tucked away in a cold room.

 

Ta Kalamakia Fish Taverna

Kalamakia

Located in a small fishing village lined with tavernas serving the day’s fresh catch. If you are fond of seafood dishes and appetizers, then you\'re in the right place.

Tel: (+30) 2424 066400

www.facebook.com/Ψαροταβερνα-ΤΑ Καλαμακια-1398606517135570/

 

Dolopes Restaurant & Beach Bar

Leutos Gialos

Dolopes Restaurant is a seaside taverna serving Greek favourites along with some oriental cuisine.

Tel: (+30) 2424 066237

www.dolopes-restaurant.gr
www.facebook.com/DolopesRestaurantIslandBeachBar/

 

 

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Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Alonissos Town (Hora)

This is a delightful town that was damaged in the 1965 earthquake but has been beautifully restored. Enjoy wandering along the little streets and alleyways where you will find some excellent cafes and tavernas as well as some artistic shops.

 

Patitiri Town

Following the 1965 earthquake, Patiri became the main town of the island. Although the buildings are rather ugly, it does have a certain bustling charm being the port of the island and with some good, traditional tavernas and some shops selling some beautiful, artistic pieces. The bakery sells delicious pastries.

 

Steni Vala Village

Probably one of the most picturesque fishing villages in the Sporades. A narrow, fjord--like inlet leads into the harbour where there are some excellent fish tavernas and small shops. The Monk Seal Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre is housed in a small hut on the beach.

National Marine Park of Alonissos

An area of outstanding natural beauty rich in marine life and being the breeding ground for the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus Monachus). This is one of the rarest animals in Europe with only about 800 surviving members worldwide. The marine park comprises of Alonissos and six smaller islands as well as some rocky outcrops. Additionally, it is an important breeding ground for many species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals.

 

The Blue Cave

Located on the north eastern side of Alonissos between the remote beaches of Strovili and Lalarias, a few km north of Agios Dimitrios village. Excursion boats leave daily from Patitiri. The water around the Blue Cave is so clear that the wild rocks around dazzle and are reflected in them.

 

Peristera Island

With its sandy coves, limpid waters and the remains of an old castle this is a lovely island to explore and is one of the closest to Alonissos.

 

Kyra Panagia Island

A taxi boat from Patitiri port leaves for this island which is owned by the monks of Mount Athos and has 2 beautiful but partially ruined monasteries on it.

 

Gioura Island

On this islet is a stalactite cave known as the Cyclops’s Cave reputed to be the cave where Odysseus was imprisoned by Polyphemus (one of the most famous Cyclops), son of Poseidon. A rare species of wild goat live on Yioura, as well as many rare plants.

 

Psathoura Island

On this islet is the brightest and tallest lighthouse in the Aegean as well as the remains of a submerged ancient town believed, by some, to be the ancient Alonissos.

 

Skatzoura Island

This islet has beautiful beaches, one monastery with guest accommodation and a few shepherds still with flocks that graze on its hillsides.

 

Papous Island

It is a small islet with a lovely church and situated between Kyra Panagia and Yioura.

 

Kostas and Angela Mavrikis Museum

Located in Patitiri, this is a privately owned museum displaying local works of art along with items from the wine--making industry and traditions of Alonissos. Among the exhibits you will find traditional costumes, war memorabilia and artifacts by artisans of the island.

Tel: 24240 66250

www.alonissosmuseum.com

 

Church of Christ

his church is a lovely tiny little church in the old ‘Hora’ and one of the few that survived the earthquake.

 

Agios Athanasios church

This church stands within the fortress of the Old Alonissos (Hora), another survivor from the disastrous earthquake of 1965. It was built the same period as the Church of Christ. The church houses a beautiful icon dating from the 18th century.

 

Agios Nikolas church

Although this is a modern church built on the foundations of an older church, there are some fine mid 17th Century icons on display here

 

Scuba Diving

PADI courses are available on Alonissos.
Greece is among the richest country in ship wrecks dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. More specifically the area around Skopelos, Alonissos and the Marine park have the second largest concentration of ancient and Middle Ages sea wrecks in the world. Many shipwrecks have been discovered with the most famous being that off the coast of Peristera island across Alonissos where the findings are stunning.
The National Marine Park, one of the best preserved marine ecosystems in the Med, is an excellent opportunity to dive into crystal clear waters of significant importance to our European and world heritage.

 

Walking

Alonissos is a bird spotter’s paradise. On the walks and old mule paths that criss-- cross the island you will experience hillsides carpeted in pungent herbs and many species of wild flower and fauna. On a clear day you can see Mountain Athos,
Mount Olympos, Pilion, Evia, Skyros and Skopelos.

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211780 3203

 

 

 

Health

Health Centre:
Tel: (+30) 2424 065208

Health Issues:
There is no hospital on the island but there is a medical centre opposite the police and fire stations in Patitiri and this is open 24 hours.
Tel: (+30) 2424 065208.

 

Emergency

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2424 065205

Port Police:
Tel: (+30) 2424 065595

 

 

Pretty important

Security

thankfully Alonissos suffers virtually no crime but please be sure to shut windows/doors when going out to avoid unwanted visits from other members of the animal kingdom. The shutters are lockable from the inside. There is little need to shut both the shutters and the interior doors/windows – one or the other will usually do.

 

Cleaning Schedule

cleaners come twice a week. Their duties are to clean the property and change the beds and towels. To help them undertake this service swiftly and efficiently it would be helpful if you should keep the villa reasonably tidy.

 

Breakages

please report any breakages to the cleaners who are responsible for repairs and replacements. You may be asked to cover the cost of replacement items.

 

Toilets

Unfortunately the main drainage services on the island aren’t yet up to the standards of some other European countries, so please don’t throw toilet paper/sanitary items/cotton buds/wet wipes/disposable nappies down them but use the bins provided.

 

Air-conditioning

please keep doors and windows shut when the air-conditioning is running. Please turn off when you leave the villa for the day. The villa will cool down quickly once you turn on again when you return.

 

Pool

there is a pool attendant who visit on a regular basis to ensure that the pool is clean and that the chlorine levels are adequate.

 

Water

please use bottled water. Tap water is fine for cooking and brushing teeth. As usual, please conserve water whenever possible.

 

Climate

Alonissos boasts fantastic, endless sunny and hot days. The afternoons are the hottest which is why everywhere closes between 2pm – 5pm for a siesta. Beware the odd ‘inclement’ day when it’s windy and slightly cloudy – these are the days you’ll burn yourself raw. It’s advisable to stay out of the sun during the afternoon and you’ll still get a good tan. (If you get sunburn, try natural yoghurt as an alternative to after sun – it takes all the heat out of the burn.) When it rains, it’s a downpour – but only for a short time. The sun will be on the horizon quicker than you know it.

 

Checking Out

Check out is normally 10am on the day of departure unless alternative prior arrangements have been made. If you leave before the caretaker arrives, just leave the keys on the kitchen work-surface.

 

Transport to greece

Fly to Skiathos and then take a connecting ferry to Alonissos

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com
www.flightcomparison.co.uk
www.charterflights.co.uk

For non-UK flights, a good website is www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

 

It is possible to pre-book your boat tickets online. Tickets can be booked on the websites listed below. You will be asked to print your online receipt and you will exchange this receipt for a proper boat ticket at the ferry office shown above in Agios Konstantinos.
www.hellenicseaways.gr
www.openseas.gr
www.gtp.gr
www.greekferries.gr
www.danae.gr
Please note that timetables are usually published at the beginning of May each year.
 

 

 

There are three ways to reach Alonissos:

Fly to Skiathos and then take a connecting ferry to Alonissos.
Fly to Athens, transfer to Agios Konstantinos by taxi or coach and then take a ferry to Alonissos.
Drive to Volos and take the ferry or High Speed Catamaran to Alonissos. (For guests travelling from Eastern Europe, or flying to Volos or Thessaloniki.)

 

Transport in greece

From Athens Airport to Agios Konstantinos Port

The journey from Athens Airport to Agios Konstantinos port takes approx. 2 1/2 hrs by taxi.

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

Taxi prices from Athens Airport to Agios Konstantinos are as follows:

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)

€230

Luxury Car (up to 3 passengers)

€280

Luxury Mini-Van (4 – 8 passengers)

€455

Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 16 passengers)

€565

 

From Athens Airport to Agios Konstantinos Port

The coach takes longer than taxi since it leaves from central Athens.

The coach departure point to Agios Konstantinos is situated in the centre of Athens. Tickets can be bought from Alkyon Travel, which is located at 97 Akadimias Street, Kaningos Square. The cost of the coach ticket is approx. Euro 20 each way per adult plus the cost of the Ferry/High Speed Cat which is approx. Euro 50 per adult. The coach departs from outside Alkyon Travel. The distance from Athens airport to Alkyon Travel is 33 km.

If you would like us to organise a taxi or minibus transfer from the airport, please could you indicate this in the Special Requests box of your Arrival Form.

Taxi prices from Athens Airport to Alkyon Travel are as follows:

 

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)

€55

Luxury Car (up to 3 passengers)

€60

Luxury Mini-Van (4 – 8 passengers)

€95

Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 16 passengers)

€150

Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

To reach Alkyon travel by Metro please take the Metro to Omonia which is located on the
red line

 

When you leave Omonia Metro Station, please follow the following walking route. B marks the location of Alkyon Travel


 

Arrival on Alonissos

It is usually mandatory when arriving after nightfall to avoid guests getting lost in the dark. Once you have arrived at the port of Alonissos you can be escorted to your chosen villa.

This service is charged at €25 per arrival per property for those staying in or around Patiri and Votsi, and €45 for all other areas.
 

Arrival on Alonissos

When you arrive in Alonissos port you will be met on the quay by a representative of Pretty Greek Villas who will provide you with driving instructions to your villa and keys to gain entrance, or you can pre-book a Transfer

 

Arrival on Alonissos

If you are not hiring a car and you do not require someone to escort you to your villa and you arrive before nightfall, we can arrange for a taxi to meet you at Alonissos port. This service is charged at €20 per taxi for those staying in or around Patiri and Votsi, and €40 for all other areas.

 

Arrival on Alonissos

Please note that under Greek law anyone without an EU Driver’s Licence must carry an International Driver’s Licence in conjunction with their home country licence.


Alonissos Car Hire rates 2020
(Low Season 1/5 – 4/7 & 31/8 – 31/10. High Season 6/7 – 30/8):

Group

Car Type

Price/day

(Low Season)

Seats

Price/day 

(High Season)

A

Fiat Panda or similar

€22

4

€29

B

Fiat Punto or similar

€25

5

€34

C

Hyundai i30 or similar

€27

4

€35

D

Suzuki SX4 (SUV) 1500cc

€40

9

€53

 

Prices include: Unlimited Mileage; All taxes and VAT; Free Delivery and Pick-Up from Alonissos Port; Comprehensive Insurance (CDW) in excess of Euro 400 + VAT on Categories A & B, of Euro 500 +VAT on Category C, and of Euro 700 on Category D; Theft Protection; Passenger Insurance; Second Driver Free of Charge; Baby/Booster Seats Euro 3 per day to a maximum of Euro 25.
 

 

Fly to Skiathos

Fly to Skiathos and then take a connecting ferry to Alonissos.
Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com 
www.flightcomparison.co.uk 
www.charterflights.co.uk

For non-UK flights, a good website is www.edreams.com
Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

It is possible to pre-book your boat tickets online. Tickets can be booked on the websites listed below. 
www.hellenicseaways.gr 
www.openseas.gr 
www.gtp.gr 
www.greekferries.gr 
www.danae.gr
Please note that timetables are usually published at the beginning of May each year.

Drive or fly to Volos

Drive to Volos (For guests travelling from Eastern Europe or arriving to Thessaloniki airport) or fly to Volos airport and then take the ferry or High Speed Catamaran to Alonissos. Catamaran to Alonissos takes about 3 hrs


Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com 
www.flightcomparison.co.uk 
www.charterflights.co.uk

For non-UK flights, a good website is www.edreams.com
Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

It is possible to pre-book your boat tickets online. Tickets can be booked on the websites listed below. 
www.hellenicseaways.gr 
www.openseas.gr 
www.gtp.gr 
www.greekferries.gr 
www.danae.gr
Please note that timetables are usually published at the beginning of May each year.

Recommend boat hire

Please reserve your boat hire through the 'Manage Your Booking' section to our website. If you require your access codes, please contact one of the PGV team.
arrivals@prettygreekvillas.com.

Boat Hire

Boat Hire Rates - Alonissos 2020
 

Engine Size

Daily Rate (01 May – 11 July

& 30 August – 31 Oct)

Daily Rate (12 July - 29 August)

30 h/p

€60/day

€75/day

40 h/p

€70/day

€80/day

60 h/p

€90/day

€110/day

A power-boat licence is not required for boats under 50 h/p.
The boats are equipped with all necessary safety equipment and licensed by the port authorities.
All have sun canopies.
Fuel is not included in the price.
Boats are insured against third party liability and for material damages in excess of €400 according to the port authority regulations. Propellers and damage to the underside of the boat are not covered.

not include the cost of fuel.