Walking on Alonissos is a magical experience, in fact it is positively encouraged by the recent programme of path clearing and maintenance of the ?kalderimia?, or old mule trails, that criss-cross the island. These can be followed for a gentle stroll down to one of the many small coves, with its own pebble or sandy beach.

Follow a local guide map for longer exploration of the island?s interior. There is an excellent walking and beach guide in English, which can be bought locally. 

 

Exploring Alonnissos on foot, motor bike or by motor boat will make any holiday more enjoyable and will fill you with wonderful impressions and memories that will keep you company in the dull winter days.

You can go on foot to the old town of Alonissos at an altitude of 255 m to visit thw vanish castle and enjoy the spectacular views. On a clear day you can see Mountain Athos, Mount Olympos, Pilion, Evoia, Skyros and Skopelos.

 

Old Alonnissos was the main village until 1965 when a large earthquake destroyed most of the houses. It has changed very little and walking through the narrow streets will transport you back in time to Greek island life the way it was. It takes approximately 30 to 50minutes to walk there.

Walking through the pine forest you will enjoy the natural, unspoiled and wild landscape rich in different flora and fauna. There are some relics of the Byzantine Monastery, which was devoted to the Agii Anargyri that is sure to impress.

 

Some really good walks are detailed in a super little book called "Alonnisos On Foot" written by Bente Keller and Elias Tsoukanas.  You can access information about the book on Bente Keller's web site.  Written as a walking and swimming guide it provides clear instructions to get to places that are not on the tourist trail and often not signposted.  Buy the book from the shops on the harbour front in Patitiri and discover the bits that others couldn't reach.  You could try to order the book via its ISBN number 960-91365-0-8.  The book is split up into the following sections:

 
Part 1: Palia Alonissos The beaches around Palia Alonissos
Short tours around Palia Alonissos
Longer tours around Palia Alonissos
Part 2: Patitiri The beaches around Patitiri
Short tours around Patitiri
Longer tours around Patitiri
Part 3: Palia Alonissos and Patitiri
Long tours
Part 4: Tours Starting in the Countryside Megalo Horafi
Megali Ammos

 

 

You can also explore the nearby deserted islands of Kyra Panagia, Gioura, Psatoura and Scantzoura as well as taking a trip around the isnand of Alonissos.

Gioura will fascinate you with its unexplored Cyclops cave as well as species of goat found only on this island and which is much different to those animals found in Gyaros Crete and Alps.

At Psathoura there are the remnants of an ancient city, which is submerged in the sea. There is also a Byzantine wrecked freighter in the harbor of Agios Petros,where at present excavations are taking place.

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