Best Beaches to Visit on Alonissos Island
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Rich in history and natural beauty, Alonissos is the northern most island in the Sporades group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. It is known for its rugged and rocky landscape with plenty of pine and olive trees. However, nowhere is the beauty of the island more prevalent than at its gorgeous beaches. Each of these beaches has its own character and are all worth visiting during your stay. Here’s more information:
Agios Dimitrios Beach
One of the best beaches on Alonissos according to the locals, Agios Dimitrios is on the east coast about 14 kilometers or 8.6 miles north of the main port and capital of the island, Patitiri. It is easy to get there by car or bus so it isn’t a remote or secluded beach, you’ll find everything you need there from sun beds and umbrellas for rent, to tavernas and cafes. The beach is a pebble beach, not sand and the water is crystal clear and refreshing. Close to the beach is the small fishing village of Kalamata where you can have a delicious seafood lunch.
Chrisi Milia Beach
Chrisi Milia Beach is only 5 kilometers, or 3 miles, away from Patitiri. The word “chrisi” means golden and that describes the shining, golden sand you’ll find at this beautiful beach. There is plenty of natural shade here, provided by the pine trees that line the beach. There are tavernas close by for something to eat or drink. This is a perfect outing for people of all ages!
Only a 20 minute drive by car or bus, Glyfa offers a more secluded and peaceful beach for visitors who are searching for a bit of quiet and privacy. Glyfa beach is close to the village of Steni Vala, up on a green hill with a great view of the sea below.
Megalos Mourtias Beach
Megakos Mourtias Beach is located on the southern coast of the island and is about 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles from Patitiri. This is a perfect beach to visit when the strong northern winds of summer are blowing. The natural shape of the bay protects swimmers and sunbathers. There are sun beds and umbrellas for rent, tavernas and cafes for refreshments. The beach consists of both sand and pebbles. It also great for families because of how the bay protects the swimmers.
Kokkinokastro means “red castle” and this beach takes its name from the red clay soil that provides a backdrop to the deep blue sea here. The beach is made up of colorful sand and there are sun beds and umbrellas available to rent as well as nearby tavernas for delicious, local food. It is easy to get to and only a 15-minute drive from the main port. This is the ideal spot to enjoy the gorgeous sand and Greek climate!
Probably the most romantic beach on Alonissos, Votsi is a quick drive from Patitiri. Votsi beach is tucked in a small harbor surrounded by white, marble walls and dotted with sail boats and fishing vessels. There are several tavernas where you can get a great meal or just relax with a drink. This makes it a convenient choice for those who want to do more than just lounge at the beach.
Alonissos is a beautiful Greek island that has everything to offer for a relaxing, enjoyable holiday. These beaches are a perfect way to enjoy all the island has to offer!
This post was written by Greek Boston