Welcome to the “Alonnisos Insider” Site

Welcome to the Alonnisos Insider Site! As a frequent visitor to Greece (i.e., 14 trips between 1997 and 2017) I’ve learned many things about traveling there, and am particularly knowledgeable about Alonnisos island. My primary intention with this site is to provide readers with valuable insights into the island itself, including guidance with respect to:

  • The primary methods of getting to/from Alonnisos
  • Detailed information about what to see and do when visiting there
  • Courtesy listings for rooms, studios and homes available for rent on the island

In addition, I share “insider information” through my opinions regarding the best-of-the-best restaurants and other service providers in Alonnisos. In this regard, please note that any recommendations I make here regarding specific businesses are simply my experiences and suggestions, and of course, they should not preclude you from visiting and experiencing other establishments or using other service providers during your stay on the island.

The best way to use the site is to refer to the Category Archives box to your right, as it provides a summary of all topics covered. If you have any questions regarding anything on this site, or have specific questions about Alonnisos, contact me via email by clicking here.

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Important Notice: The date and time stamp at the bottom of every post is not  reflective of the “newness” of the information shared. Note that as of March 20, 2018 I have updated all posts that required update. I also update older posts when necessary whenever I make another trip to Alonnisos. Also, please note that to keep this site “pure,” none of the links on this site provide compensation to me or this website for any click-throughs.

Living in the Sun – Real Estate and Property-related Services in Alonnisos

For those interested in purchasing real estate in Alonnisos, I recently learned about a company called Living in the Sun that offers professional property-related services for both prospective buyers and sellers as well. Originally founded in 1986, it currently has two in-house businesses that specialize in Alonnisos Property Sales & Rentals and Crete Property Sales & Rentals respectively.

Living in the Sun offers a wide range of properties – restored traditional houses, beach-side apartments, new and re-sale villas, and building plots, all of which are in excellent locations. Whether the prospective buyer prefers nightlife or tranquility, they can advise the optimum place for their clients. A number of properties have been built or restored by Living in the Sun’s own affiliated builders, and are owned by its clients. In addition, project management and supervision services can be provided if needed.

In Alonnisos, Living in the Sun is managed by Panos Taliadoros, a full-time resident of the island who previously served as a successful real estate professional in the U.K. That valuable experience, along with his in-depth knowledge about the island, and his established relationships with property-related businesses on the island, makes him ideally qualified to provide these types of services.

To learn about properties that Living in the Sun currently has available in Alonnisos, please click here. To contact Panos Taliadoros directly via email please click here.

Votsalo Restaurant in Rousoum

During our trips to Alonnisos the past two summers we met our good friend Eva for dinner at the Votsalo Restaurant in Rousoum. In past years visiting Rousoum typically wasn’t part of our usual routine, so when we went there in 2016 to meet Eva it was our first time down there to have a meal in perhaps 10 years. In any event, both my wife and I were very pleased with the quality of the food we ordered and also with the portion size as well. Plus, the prices were very fair.

The traditional Greek appetizers we ordered were delicious, the oven-cooked meals were wonderful, and the service we received during both visits was excellent too. Like virtually every restaurant or taverna on the island, the Votsalo Restaurant is a family-run business, and it is operated by a very nice couple named Nikos and Ioanna, who we found to be very friendly and welcoming. Based on our very positive experiences at Votsalo the past two summers we’ll be sure to eat there more often the next time we visit Alonnisos.

For those who haven’t visited Alonnisos before, Rousoum is a small bay/beach located east of the main port of Patitiri. If you have a rental car or motorbike, you get there by taking the main road up from Patitiri harbor and then keep going past the first cross-street (where the school is) following that main road all the way down and around to Rousom. Votsalo is right on the waterfront – the second restaurant in from the road. Those who like to walk also can travel there by foot, but with the understanding that the walk back up is quite steep in spots.

Alonissos Raw Honey Royal Jelly

During the latter part of our 2017 trip to Alonnisos I learned that a young man named Dimitrios was producing and selling raw honey on the island. So, I made a point of stopping by the little shop where he sells his Alonissos Raw Honey Royal Jelly and met him one evening. We had a great conversation and I was immediately impressed with him, as his sincere desire to produce the highest quality honey possible was very obvious. I bought a 500g jar that night and then enjoyed having it on my Greek yoghurt the next morning, and every day after until the jar was finished – it took only a week! The honey is simply awesome, and the price is reasonable given its very high quality.

Known as “the harvester,” Dimitrios is a wonderful person who is, of course, exceptionally knowledgeable about the many benefits of consuming raw honey. For those who visit Alonnisos regularly as well as those planning to come to the island, during your stay make sure you purchase some. His small shop is located in the Old Village, just a few meters to the right (north) of the plateia beyond the small church there.

Raw unheated honey is, in fact, one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Click on this link to learn about the numerous benefits of this food.

To contact Dimitrios directly about purchasing honey during your stay in Alonnisos, telephone or text him at +30-6947 428585. To contact him via email click here.

The Drunk Seal Bar in Patitiri

For those visiting the island who are interested in late night dance music and a broad assortment of delicious cocktails, the Drunk Seal bar is the best place to be on the waterfront in Patitiri. While my wife and I are not really into the night-life scene when we visit Alonnisos, the fact is over many years we’ve heard from numerous people that the Drunk Seal is THE place to be after midnight.

After visiting there for the first time ever in the summer of 2017 to attend a birthday party, I can say without a doubt that it’s true. With a talented and very innovative DJ spinning all sorts of powerful dance tunes, and the co-owners Vasilis and Lykourgos mixing up their very creative libations at a breakneck pace, the place has this incredible energy that’s really hard to describe. What is obvious is that everyone working there quite obviously loves their “gigs,” which clearly shows by the very genuine smiles on their faces, and, the patrons can really feel it. Bottom line, it’s a really fun place to be, and as such, I highly recommend it for anyone looking for exciting nightlife while visiting in Alonnisos.

The Drunk Seal, which also features very eclectic decor, is located right on the waterfront in the port town of Patitiri, about six businesses to the west of the main road that crosses the front of the port. Just look for the front part of an old Volkswagen bus outside and you’ve found it! To learn more visit the bar’s website or its Facebook page.

Alonnisos Loses a Beloved Resident

It is with great sadness that I report that Gerry Ivison, a longtime time resident of Alonnisos, passed away at her home in the Old Village on Friday, September 8th, a day after her 67th birthday. Her husband Dave was at her side, which was very fitting given that they were essentially inseparable during their nearly 40 years of marriage.Gerry faced down cancer for nine years, and throughout that time kept a very positive outlook, doing her very best to enjoy each and every day. Gerry was a wonderful person with a powerful will to live, a smile that was truly illuminating, and a sense of humor that endeared her to many, many people. To say the least, she will be sorely missed on this island by anyone who had the great pleasure to meet her and get to know her.

This small photo montage of her life was on display at Panselinos Restaurant after her funeral, which was attended by numerous friends from Alonnisos, the UK, and several other places as well.

Should you be inspired to do so, please do send an email message of sympathy to Dave Court by using the email link on this page of their Ivicourt.com website.

MeNTa Café in Patitiri

The MeNTa Cafe in Patiri opened this summer and is located  about 50 meters from the harbor where the Flying Cats and Dolphins arrive, at the corner where the road up to the Marpunta area begins. It is being operated by a very nice young man named Gerasimos, with much assistance from his mother Aliki, his sister Evina, and his girlfriend Katerina. We have known this family for many years now, and were pleased to see that Gerasimos chose to follow his heart and open this café on the island that he and his family love very much. His grandparents originally bought their property here over 50 years ago, so to say the least he has strong roots in Alonnisos.

With that said, I am pleased to report that MeNTa Café has a great selection of freshly prepared menu items. This includes breakfast foods, crepes (sweet & salty), sandwiches, a wide selection of coffee drinks,  smoothies and other beverages, home-made baked goods, fruit salads, veggie salads, ice cream, and much more.

MeNTa Café has truly brought a new flavor to Alonnisos, so be sure to check it out when you are in Patitiri.

Alonnisos Village Taverna in the Old Village

Over our 14 trips to Alonnisos we have pretty much narrowed down our restaurant visits to a handful of tavernas and estiatorios where we have developed friendships with the owners and staff. For me personally, I like dining with people I consider friends, and since the food is always good it’s easy to just stay with our usual choices. Last week (early August 2017) we decided to break with that tradition just to try something “new,” so we chose to have dinner at the Alonnisos Village Taverna in the Old Village.

We were very impressed with the breadth of the menu, and the waiter who took care of us, Kostas, was very friendly and efficient. In the end we (a group of five) ordered various dishes to share, including vlita, vegetable moussaka, meatballs with gouda cheese, roasted red peppers, and a green salad. All of these dishes were excellent, and the portions were generous yet the prices were quite reasonable all told.

Prior to leaving I introduced myself to Apostolis, the gentleman handling the cash register, and told him how much we enjoyed the food. He was very friendly and grateful for our visit, and I also had the pleasure of meeting the chef, Adonis, as well as a waitress named Natasha and another waiter whose name I cannot recall at the moment of writing this post. All of these folks were very kind and friendly, which to me is another key reason why we will be certain to continue to visit this restaurant going forward (assuming this excellent staff continues to run it).

The Alonnisos Village Taverna is located perhaps 30 meters from the bus stop in the Old Village on the right side of the walkway, just across from the Italian gelateria.

Αρτολιχουδιες Bakery in the Old Village

Note that this is a post I meant to publish after we returned from our trip to Alonnisos in 2016, but forgot to take the necessary photos. In any event, during our 2016 trip we made it almost a daily practice to visit the Αρτολιχδιες Bakery in the Old Village. We are doing the same thing this summer (2017) because we really enjoy their milopita (apple pastry) and chocolate-stuffed croissants, and their breads and are excellent as well. It was also a great place to get an inexpensive but tasty sandwich, spanakopita, cheese pie, or sausage pie for a quick lunch. In addition, the Αρτολιχδιες Bakery has wide selection of other sweets and has coffee products and other beverages.

Just as important as the bakery products are the people who work there, Costas and Litsa (pictured to the left), as they are always incredibly friendly and welcoming to us when we visit.

The Αρτολιχδιες Bakery is located perhaps 30 meters from the bus stop in the Old Village on the left side of the walkway, just before the Italian gelateria. I highly recommend it!

Ikia Vacation Houses in the Old Village

ikia-housesIkia Vacation Houses are located in the Old Village of Alonnisos and welcome guests from April until November each year. The property consists of two independent and fully renovated two-floor houses, with a garden, that overlook Megalos Mourtias beach (about 1.5KM by foot/car). Each house can accommodate up to five people.

The first house (known as the “Green House“) has a double bed bedroom with a fireplace on the ground floor, and a multipurpose room (with a double bed), a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and a small balcony on the first floor. To view a photo gallery of this house please click here.

The second house (known as the “Brown House“) has a ground floor multipurpose room with a fully equipped kitchen, a couch (converted into a double bed), a fireplace and a bathroom with a shower. Finally, the first floor has a bedroom that consists of a double and a single bed with a small balcony and a veranda. To view a photo gallery of this house please click here.

Facilities: The houses operate as self-serviced lodgings and include Hunter ceiling fans. They also feature fully equipped kitchens, hair dryer, iron, filter coffee machine, kettle, CD player with radio and Wi-Fi. There also is a washing machine available upon request.

To book accommodations for either Ikia Vacation House, please click here.

If you have any questions, please click on this link to contact George Tsoukanas, who serves as the property manager for the houses.