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Alonissos Old Town

Alonissos Old Town - GIC The Villa Collection

Of the three islands of the Sporades, Alonissos is the least developed. Until the 1965 earthquake, most of the island's population of 3,000 lived in The Old Town, dating back to Byzantine times, perched on the top of a hill and with dramatic panoramic views across the island and down to the fishing port of Patitiri. Following the earthquake, most of the population moved down to live in Patitiri and the Old Town above was abandoned and virtually fell into ruin.

The Old Town is now largely restored. It is certainly very picturesque and holds particular interest for artists, writers and walkers. The village now has a dozen tavernas (some very good and with stunning views), a pizzeria, several cafes and bars and a mini market. Old Alonissos is linked by bus to Patitiri (up to 10 times a day in high season) and, if one prefers to walk, then it takes about 45 minutes via a goat track. The Beach of Megalo Mourtia is about half an hour walk downhill but, be warned, this is a hilly location and not suitable for those with walking difficulties. The island's four taxis are always available for a ride to Patitiri and to various beaches.

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