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ALONISSOS

Alonissos, the perfect choice for holidays, leisure and true respite due to the island's unique natural beauties.

Alonissos island took its name from the word "als" that means "sea" in ancient Greek and in modern Greek Alonissos means "sea island". And surely it couldn't have a better name. The archipelago comes to join the pine-clad coasts into a marvelous banquet of colors and the waters take this beautiful color, a combination of green and blue. The miracle is completed by the sun, the snow-white beaches and the depths of the voes, the twinkles of the dolphins and the warm smile of the people.

Ikos, Liadromia, Alonissos are only a few of the names given to the island from the ancient times until the modern years. Ikos city was built were today settles the Kokkinokastro's bay and the remains of the ancient city still appear at the bottom of the sea. The relics of the prehistoric times in Alonissos city (cyclopean walls, fortifications, ossuaries) prove how less is known for us the island whose age-long history is lost in time.

The previous findings of the Kokkinokastri area are located to the Paleolithic period and consist of the eldest traces of life in the Aegean Sea while ceramic shards with the name "IKION" impressed on them have been found inside amphoras used for exporting the famous wine of the island.

Alonissos (Chora) is at the southwestwards of the island. The tour at the narrow paths of the old capital city with the rock-veiled churches and the wonderful view to the sea overcomes every expectation while Patitiri, its main port id the commercial and intendance central of the island.The name Patitiri was given by the previous wine-presses used for the wine produce and at the summer months the beach flushes with crowds. From there we get to Votsis with the impressive sight of the pines that actually touch the sea.

Pine-clad mountains and bays, over 50 picturesque voes complete the puzzle of the shades of the green and the blue. This island is also verdurous with hollies, arbutuses, olives and almond trees.

The south terrain of the island is cultivable and there settle and activate the citizens who were, at their majority, farmers and fishermen until the end of 1970. The south terrain is thin and rocky, with different geophysical topology that sectionally creates impressively idyllic landscapes.

The last years Alonissos appears of much interest due to its natural beauty, its ecologic identity and touristic development.

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