Alonissos is an island in Greece. It is located in the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Sporades island complex. The village of Alonnisos is located on the southern part of the island. It is locally known as Chora and signposted as The Old Village. Patitiri bay is the seaport of the island, where it is connected by ferry to Volos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Thessaloniki. The Municipality of Alonnisos includes the nearby islands of Adelfoi, Gioura, Kyra Panagia (Pelagos), Peristera, Piperi, Psathoura and Skantzoura.
“Ikos”, as was named the island in antiquity, was first inhabited by Stafylos (meaning grape), the son of Dionysus and Ariadne. This myth explains the island’s strong bonds with viticulture from ancient times until today. According to the myth, Pileas, the father of Achilles, was buried on Alonissos. This is the reason why the island’s second name is “Achilliodromia”. Different versions of this name have survived throughout the years: “Hiliodromia”, “Liadromia”, “Diadromia”.The name Alonissos was given to Otto in 1838, on the proposal of the then Ministry of the Interior.
It is an island with countless beautiful beaches in an amazing natural environment, whose inhabitants, with responsibility, protected. It is the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday. It is a refuge of rare birds and mainly of the Mediterranean seal monachus monachus. The National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades was the first marine park established in Greece and is currently the largest marine protected area in Europe.