Alonissos is blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos and has protected areas for natures sake.

View from old Chora Alonissos - Greece
Magnificent View from old Chora (Hayiati) Alonissos – Greece

Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs. The west and north coasts are steep and rocky, while the east is speckled with bays and pebble-and-sand beaches. Alonnisos has had its share of bad luck; in 1952, a thriving wine industry collapsed when vines imported from California were infested with phylloxera insects. Robbed of their livelihood, many people moved away. Then, in 1965, an earthquake destroyed the hilltop capital of Old Alonnisos. Inhabitants were rehoused at Patitiri, which has since evolved into a quaint island port; 11km to the north is the seaside village of Steni Vala. The most recent trouble was in early 2017, when storms destroyed a third of the island’s trees; many inhabitants decamp to Athens for the surprisingly harsh winter season.

 

 

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