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Alonissos | Greece


DESTINATION ALONISSOS: THE UNTOUCHED BEAUTY

The complex of Sporades Islands is located in the northern Aegean Sea, and Alonissos is one of the most far away of its islands. Easily reachable by boat from Thessaloniki, Skiathos and Volos, it has the clearest waters, countless beaches with gold sand and lush vegetation. The feeling of pure and authentic is shocking. Underneath the sea surface there is a whole other world waiting for you, dressed with fabulous colours, plants, animals and secrets to be discovered. Here you will have the chance to go back in time exploring the biggest cargo ship form classical times ever found, still lying on the seabed. Additionally, you can visit Steni Vala, a quiet fishing village that for many decades has been the favourite destination of nature lovers in search of a relaxing holiday. It is located in a natural retreat for boats protected from the winds. From Steni Vala you can reach Peristera, Kyra Panagia and several deserted islets surrounding Alonissos. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the National Marine Park and meet the famous and protected monachus monachus seal.

 

DISCOVER THE ANCIENT TRAIL OF PERISTERA:

Only 1,5 miles away from Alonissos island, heading east,  is the barren island of Peristera, and its protected sea stretch that always provided a safe shelter from heavy windstorms and rough sea for the passing ships.

In 1985, the Greek fisherman Dimitris Mavrikis discovered the large “Classical shipwreck” near Peristera. The wreck was partially excavated in 1992-93 and 1999 by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquites – under the direction of the diving archaeologist Dr. Elpida Hadjidaki.

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION:

The shipwreck contains more than four thousand amphorae and other artifacts that created a 25 m long, 10 m wide and 3m high mound.

The ship was probably an Athenian cargo ship, that sank at a depth of about 30 meters around 420 – 400 B.C. The wine amphorae were transported from Mendi of Chalkidiki and Peparithos, today’s Skopelos.

The ship weighed more than 126 tons, which reveals, contrary to previous beliefs, that Greeks were extremely capable in shipbuilding, even of such size.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An outstanding natural beauty.
  • The National Marine Park and its protected fauna.
  • The Steni Vala village.
  • The “Bourtzi” fortress in Skiathos.
  • The house of Alexandros Papadiamantis, one of the most important Greek writers, known as “the Saint of Greek Letters”.

 

ACCOMMODATION

A wide range of accommodation means is available in the whole area, in order to satisfy all kind of needs, with 2*,3*,4*,5* hotels located by the beach. There are hotel chains, boutique hotels, guest houses, studios and camping facilities.

 

EXPLORE UNTAPPED MEDITERRANEAN FLAVOURS

Greek cuisine does not need recommendations, and in Alonissos there are many local products and traditional dishes not to be missed, for instance the local tuna fish. All the Sporades are famous for their cheese pies, filled with the typical goat cheese produced locally, a real food excellence.

Here you can also taste the delicious pork cooked with local plums that together with the goat cheese, olive oil, and goat meat is famous all over Greece.

NIGHTLIFE

Sporades offer an infinite choice of bars, clubs restaurants and Greek traditional taverns to choose from. There is no specific entertainment district, but in August, the visitor could attend many events with traditional music and folklore festivals. The most intense nights take place at Skiathos island.

 

 THINGS TO DO

Dive to the ancient wrecks, discover classical archaeology.

Dive into mysterious sea caves and along reefs full of marine life.

Experience snorkeling in crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

Rent a boat and make cruises around the Sporades islands.

Visit the National Marine Park and meet the monk seals.

Enjoy swimming and water sports in the countless beaches.

Make endless walks along cobbled streets of the villages, admiring the handmade products.

Attend local events and folklore festivals.

Party until dawn.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Skiathos island, a cosmopolitan destination with a vivid night life.

Skopelos island, a destination for calm and exclusive holidays.

Combine Skiathos and Skopelos islands to enjoy all the magic of Sporades.

Volos-Pelion, the legendary home of the Centaurus, an ineffable natural beauty destination.

Thessaloniki, the second major city of Greece. Don’t miss a tour to the archaeological site of Vergina and its Macedonian necropolis.

Athens, the capital of Greece, its world-famous Acropolis archaeological site and the New Acropolis Museum.

programme proposals

FOR SCUBA DIVING ENTHUSIASTS

Highlights:  Alonissos is a new scuba diving location in Greece, according to the recent lift of government restrictions. The greatest advantage of this Greek island is that the whole area has been declared a National Marine Park since 1992.

 

> Day 1 | Arrival in Alonissos

 

Briefing with our tour operator partner in the arrival hall of the port, then transfer to the hotel in a chauffeur-driven car. The rest of the day is free.  An optional general tour of the island can be offered in the late afternoon. Dinner (optional) and overnight at the Hotel.

 

> Day 2 | Diving in Peristera

 

After breakfast, an experienced guide will take you to the diving area. Off the north - eastern coasts of modern Alonissos, there are six deserted islets, ideal destinations for every kind of diving experience.

 Our program contains 2 dives (morning and afternoon) at the underwater archaeological site of the Classical Shipwreck near Peristera. Lunch is provided on board or at a traditional village with local delicacies prepared according to your liking. We recommend optional diving at night in the clear waters of Peristera. Optional dinner package.

 

> Day 3 | Explore caves

 

Early breakfast and departure from the hotel towards a diving area with two enchanting caves, where you can see white sea breams, golden groupers, damselfishes, dusky groupers, octopuses, dolphins. Optional dinner package.

 

> Day 4 | Departure day

 

After breakfast, chauffeur-driven car transfer to the port for the departure.

 

Your package includes:

 3 nights at a hotel of your choice on bed & breakfast formula

  Transfers upon arrival and departure with assistance   Diving guide or instructor.

 

Your package excludes:

  International flights   Personal expenses     Optional meals    Optional excursions and visits

 

FOR DIVERS TO BΕ AND FAMILIES

Highlights: The ‘Open Water Diver’ certificate can be achieved by over 13 years-old participants having already attended the eLearning Scuba Experience Course (available for free after the package booking) through the participation to the 4 diving lessons in the sea presented below.

 

> DAY 1 Preparation

 

Briefing with our tour operator partner in the arrival hall of the port, then transfer to the hotel in a chauffeur-driven car. The rest of the day is free. An optional general tour of the area can be offered in the late afternoon. Dinner (optional) and overnight at the Hotel. In the afternoon, an optional scuba diving lesson in the pool is available, before starting with the DAY 2 activities.

 

 > DAY 2 |First diving lesson

 

After breakfast, an experienced instructor will provide you with all the necessary equipment and the basic information for a couple of hours, in a pool area. The first open water lesson, in the morning, will take place in a safe and protected bay of the island, 0 - 5 meters deep, with a reef where more than 30 different marine species have been identified among the formations created by the rocks. Lunch onboard or in a traditional village with local delicacies, according to preferences.

In the afternoon, the second lesson will take place in a similar bay of the Island, with the same safety requirements. Transfer to the hotel. Optional dinner package.

 

> DAY 3 Explore the caves or cruising at the 3 islands.

 

Early breakfast and departure from the hotel. For those who enjoyed the first scuba lessons, they can continue with a trained instructor, diving in safe and calm waters to explore the rich seabed during the other two diving lessons needed for the Open Water Certificate. For the accompanying people not interested in diving, a cruise along Sporades Islands and an enchanting swimming experience in the clear waters around the caves, in wild beauty, is available. Transfer to the hotel. Optional dinner package.

 

> DAY 4 Departure day

 

After breakfast, chauffeur-driven car transfer to the port for the departure.

 

Your package includes:

 3 nights at a hotel of your choice on bed & breakfast formula

  Transfers upon arrival and departure with assistance   Diving guide or instructor.

 

Your package excludes:

  International flights   Personal expenses     Optional meals    Optional excursions and visits

 

FOR SNORKELERS AND FREE DIVERS

> DAY 1 Arrival in Alonissos

 

The first day in Alonissos is the same in all programs.

 

 > DAY 2 Diving in blue cave north Ag. Dimitrios (boat dive).

 

After breakfast an experienced guide will take you to the diving area.

The wild and rocky coastline of Alonissos island is gifted with many small and amazing caves with deep and blue waters that impress every visitor. The most famous among them is the Blue Cave, located on the north-eastern side of Alonissos, between the remote beaches of Strovili and Lalarias, a few km north of Agios Dimitrios village. Transfer to the hotel. Optional dinner package.

 

> DAY 3 Explore caves

 

Early breakfast and departure from the hotel to boat for diving at a cave where you can see White Seabream, Golden Grouper, Damselfish, Dusky Grouper, Octopus, Dolphins. Transfer to the hotel. Optional dinner package.

 

 

 > DAY 4 Departure day

 

After breakfast, chauffeur-driven car transfer to the port for the departure.

 

Your package includes:

 3 nights at a hotel of your choice on bed & breakfast formula

  Transfers upon arrival and departure with assistance   Diving guide or instructor.

 

Your package excludes:

  International flights   Personal expenses     Optional meals    Optional excursions and visits

  

FOR KIDS, TEENS & SCHOOLS

Highlights: The Sea Baptism is an experience available from 10 to 99 years old participants and no pre-training is required. An experienced instructor, during the sea fare, will brief you about the diving basics, in order to provide your first underwater experience with all the needed comfort, safety and fun, and will accompany you in your first dive. The diving site will be maximum 5 meters deep.

The ‘Bubblemaker’ experience is available for children over 8 years-old, and is carried on in a pool or in a sea water environment maximum 2 meters deep. The experience lasts 1 hour and no pre-training is required.

The ‘Junior Open Water Diver’ certificate can be achieved by over 13 years-old participants having already attended the eLearning Scuba Experience Course (available for free after the package booking) through the participation to the 4 diving lessons in the sea presented below. Special rates are dedicated to school groups of minimum 15 participants.

 

FOR SEA LOVERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Highlights: Easily combined with the ‘SNORKELERS AND FREE DIVERS’ package for the accompanying people.

An experienced instructor will be dedicated for each of our special divers, to ensure their maximum safety, comfort and fun.

 



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