Attractions to Explore in Alonissos, Greece
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The Greek island of Alonissos is rich in natural beauty that includes a pine forest, breathtaking emerald waters, and the National Marine Park which is home to marine life including the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal. Throughout the island of Alonissos you will find attractions to explore. Here are some of the attractions you can visit when in Alonissos, Greece.
Archaeological Site of Kokkinokastro
Kokkinokastro is one of the most important archaeological sites. It lies within the old city of Ikos. Here, you can see the remnants of the ancient city of Ikos which dates back to the Paleolithic period. Though an important site, extensive digs beyond the walls of the city have not been done yet.
Close to the archaeological site, you will find Kokkinokastro Beach, one of the most impressive beaches of Alonissos Island. It is the perfect spot to relax, but is also ideal for snorkeling. If you snorkel, you will enjoy the beauty of the ocean you might not otherwise see. From both the beach and the Archaeological Site of Kokkinokastro, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful reddish sunset when the sun light is reflected on the red rocks of the area.
Monastery of Kyra Panagia
The Monastery of Kyra Panagia is located on a hill on Pelagonisi Islet, the largest islet of the North Sporades.The islet is also known as Kyra Panagia and is named after the monastery that resides there. The area is home to few residents and belongs to the Natural Park of Alonissos. The Monastery of Kyra Panagia was built during the 16th century and is of Byzantine architecture.
Inside the monastery is a white-washed church with borders that are painted red. The church also features a lovely belfry. At the monastery you will also see a courtyard where early Christian remains from the 6th and 7th century AD are found. The Monastery of Kyra Panagia is a popular tourist attraction not only for the monastery itself, but also for the remains of an old olive press and flour mill on site, as well as the view of the surrounding area.
Steni Vala Village
Steni Vala is a picturesque seaside fishing village that is 10 km northeast of Patitiri. Steni Vala has become popular with tourists, for good reason. The village is home to appealing restaurants and cafes where you will find delicious meals and refreshments. If you’re up for some adventure, you can go scuba diving while in Steni Vala. There is a diving center in the village. If swimming is more your style, the narrow beach is ideal for spending time. The Bay of Steni Vala is surrounded olive trees, pine forests, and low hills. The village is the ideal destination for anyone who enjoys nature.
Located on the northeast side of the island of Alonissos, the Blue Cave is just one of the many amazing caves found along the rocky coastline. Blue Cave is the most well-known of the caves. It is found between two remote beaches: Strovili and Lalarias. From Patitiri Village, you can take a boat trip to the Blue Cave which is surrounded by clear waters. The boat can take you through the cave, giving you a unique view.
While in Alonissos, Greece you’ll want to visit some of these attractions.
This post was written by Greek Boston