Visit the National Marine Park on Alonissos Island
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Alonissos is one of those gorgeous islands that seems too good to be true. Thick forests rich with vegetation like pine trees and oak trees dot the island. It is also rich in edible resources such as vineyards and also fruit trees. Between the vegetation and the mountains that seem to spring out of the sea, one of the main draws for visitors and locals alike on this island is its natural beauty. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the Alonissos National Marine Park. Here’s more information:
Getting to the Island of Alonissos
Before you can visit the Alonissos National Marine Park, you need to first arrive on the island. First of all, it’s important to understand that the island doesn’t have an airport. Your only option is to take a boat or a ferry to get to Alonissos. You can either take a ferry from the port at Piraeus or one of the other major ports in Greece. However, there are actually no direct flights from Piraeus to Alonissos – you will need to take a ferry to either Agios Konstantinos or Volos and from there, you can catch the ferry to Alonissos. You can also take a ferry from the main port town in Evia, but that’s only available if you travel during the peak summer months. You can also take a flight to the nearby island of Skiathos and then take a boat or ferry from there. This is an ideal option for those who want to minimize the time they will take traveling by sea.
About the National Marine Park of Alonissos
The National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Greece. The island of Alonissos is known for its natural beauty, and the park itself is the best representation of that. It is actually the first marine park that Greece created and it is still the largest marine park in Europe. Here, visitors have the chance to explore the unique marine environment that is on the island.
Furthermore, it is also a member park of the Network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, also known as MedPAN. It is also important to note that Alonissos is actually not the only island that is part of this national park. Other islands include the islands of Peristera and Gioura as well as over 20 small islets that are actually uninhabited. The highlight of this park, however, is the island of Alonissos.
While at the park, visitors can take boat rides observing the marine life above the surface of the water, go snorkeling or scuba diving to view the beauty underneath the water, and also go for walks through the stunning natural environment. This area is one of the best places in all of Europe to observe the ins and outs of marine life.
While on the island of Alonissos, you will want to spend tim visiting the National Marine Park of Alonissos and the Northern Sporades.
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