Yacht Charter & Sailing Holidays in Alonissos
Alonissos lies in the northern Sporades, in the middle of the chain of islands which begins with Skiathos. The villages on this island are opposite Skopelos. The chief place, Alonissos, is situated on a hill. Despite the damage from an earthquake of 1965, some of the traditional houses still remain. Near Alonissos there are many smaller islands.These are Kira Panagia with a monastery, Gioura with the cave of Cyclops, the shelter Piperi, Pappous, Peristera and Skantzoura.These islands were chosen by the Mediterranean seals as a shelter. Between these islands there is a park to protect the species.
History Of Alonissos
Alonissos was inhabited in the prehistoric age. An ancient city named Iko in the location of Kokkinokastro was significant. According to tradition, Pileas, father of Achilles who was buried on the island, spent the last years of his life in Iko. Many statues which came from Iko and many bottles of the excellent wine that was produced on the island have been found in Alonissos.
Places To Moor in Alonissos
Ormos Mourtia – An open bay located SW of Alonisos and offering fair shelter from the meltemi. Mooring is in the bay. There is no fuel or water available. If the weather is unstable it is far safe to moor in the harbor of Patitri
Patitiri – Well sheltered from the meltemi and a good area to stock up. Mooring is stern or bow to, fuel & water are available at the quay. A short trip to the old village of Alonisos is nice and about a 30 minute walk. In general the harbor is very picturesque as it is surrounded by cliffs and pine trees and remains unspoiled.
Votsi - North of Patitri offers a good shelter from prevailing winds. Mooring is best off the small quay which is located to the east. There is limited fuel, a water truck can be arranged but this is of course if you find to moor on the quay.
Ormos Tzorti - A cove offering good shelter from the meltemi and a nice place for swimming. Anchor where ever possible and in rough weather take a long line ashore. The beaches are with fine sand and pine trees.
Steni Vala - This cove offers good shelter from the meltemi but is exposed to SW winds. There is a small quay but not recommend as the depth is one meter. There are small quaint taverns on shore.
Ormos Firakos - This bay is not recommend to spend the night as it is very exposed to the weather, but if it is a calm day it is recommend for a swim and lunch.
Some of the most wonderful beaches can be found in Hrisi Milia, Kokkinokastro, Gorgi Gialos, Lefkos Gialos, Agios Petros, Kalamakia and Marpounta.
Windsurfing.If you don't have a surfboard you can rent one on the island.
In Patitiri you can find discos and bars.