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Alonnisos - PATITIRI

Patitiri

The name of the island’s main harbour reveals something of the history of the island. A ‘patiti­rion’ is a place where grapes are trodden. Like its larger neighbour, Skopelos, on which it has depended throughout its history, Alonnisos produced and exported wine in Antiquity. Ampho rae for the transporting of wine, stamped with the legend ‘IKION’, implying ‘produce of Ikos’ (the ancient name of Alonnisos), have been found at various points around the Aegean and Black Sea area, and at Alexandria in Egypt. In recent times the successors to those vines were wiped out by philoxera in 1968 and only a small number have since been replanted on the island as new stock. Today Patiti­ri is an unpretentious port, hastily built in the late 1960s and 70s with no particular architectural merit but with a pleasing setting around the attractive harbour-front and the steep slopes that encircle it. It has greater intimacy than the other ports of the Sporades.
   Displays of the processes and the apparatus of the island’s long tradition of wine-production can be seen in the Kostas and Angelas Mavriki Museum (open daily June–Oct 11–7), visible above the western side of the harbour in a stone building whose imposing size promises perhaps more than the museum currently delivers. The collection, neatly displayed over three floors with a cafe-terrace above, is nonetheless instructive: the ‘Pirate Museum’ on the upper floor underlines the extent to which the history of the peripheral islands of the Aegean, such as Alonnisos, has been bound up with the perennial scourge of piracy. Manacles, guns, nautical equipment (which includes a fore-runner of barbed-wire for preventing the boarding of pirates on ships) are displayed. On the ground floor is the modern historical section, exhibiting arms, shells, mines and other related bellic material and documents. The greatest variety of material is in the basement, where artefacts of the island’s traditional economy are displayed: wine-presses and a fermentation vat of remarkable proportions, as well as alembics for preparing distillates. Of particular interest is the equipment used by pack-saddle makers, from a time when the accoutrements for mules were as important as those for cars today. The displayed seal-skin sandals once used by islanders are—in view of the island’s current dedication to the preservation of the Mediterranean monk seal—a poignant reminder of past habits.


Alonnisos Island is part of the Sporades Island Group, Greece.


access

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

By boat: There is no direct ferry route from Athens to Alonnisos. Services are from Volos or Aghios Konstantinos (closer to Athens): by car ferry (6 hours) daily from Volos, and five times weekly from Aghios Konstantinos. The island is also connected by rapid hydrofoil service (Flying Dolphin) in 2 hrs 30 mins from both of the above ports with varying frequency throughout the year. All serv ices to the island stop in Skiathos and Skopelos en route.
In the summer months, the hydrofoil connection is more frequent and the network extends to include Thessaloniki to the north and Kymi and other destinations on Euboea to the south.
Access to the outlying islands in the Marine Park (with the exception of Pipéri which is closed to ordinary visits) can be arranged with a boat opera tor in Patitíri: there are boats of varying size—the M/V "Gorgona" (Ikos Travel, details above); "Plantiri" (Alonnisos Travel, T. 24240 65188); and the smaller "Stella".

Alonnisos Travel Guide

beaches

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

Tourkoneri
Megali Ammos

Alonnisos Travel Guide

eating

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

A good place to sample the island's traditional, spiral tyropitta called striphtiko is at the taverna To Paradosiako at Steni Vala where they are freshly and delicately made along with a variety of good fish dishes, and where fresh wine from the island is served in the late spring.

Alonnisos Travel Guide

further reading

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

Ὰνω Μαγνὴτον Νησοὶ, Kostas Mavrikis, Alonnisos 1997 (currently only in Greek), is a comprehensive historical study of the island and its waters.
Walking on Alonnisos is a popular pastime. The following knowledgeable and informative guide can be of help: Alonnisos Through the Souls of your Feet, Chris Browne, 2008 (available through www.alonnisoswalks. co.uk). For information on the North Sporades Marine Park, see: www.alonissos park.gr

Alonnisos Travel Guide

lodging

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

Chora is a cooler, quieter and more panoramic place to stay than the port: Fantasia House (T. 24240 65186), to the left as you approach the village, is attractive and simple.
In Patitíri, the Hotel Haravgi (T. 24240 65090, fax 65189) is comfortable and pleasant, and open most of the year. There are many room or studio rental solutions on the island, which can be found at www. alonissos.gr.

Alonnisos Travel Guide

museums

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

Kostas and Angelas Mavriki Museum

Alonnisos Travel Guide

practical info

Alonnisos Island, the Sporades.

370 05 Alonnisos (sometimes written Alónissos), also referred to by its Mediaeval name‘Chelidromi(a)’ (and a current local variant, ‘Liadromia’): area 65sq. km; perimeter 81km; resident population 2399; max. altitude 475 m. Port Authority: T. 24240 65595. Travel information both for Alonnisos and for visits to the outlying islands: Ikos Travel (T. 24240 65320, fax 65321, www.ikostravel.com)

Alonnisos Travel Guide

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