Welcome to the “Alonnisos Insider” Site

Welcome to the Alonnisos Insider Site! As a frequent visitor to Greece (i.e., 15 trips between 1997 and 2018) 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. Also, please note that the photos used in the slide show at the top of this page are courtesy of Vasilis Photography in Alonnisos.

If you are using a PC or laptop, 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.

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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.

Greek Key Properties – Experienced Real Estate Services

Greek Key Properties is a real estate sales company in Alonnisos offering expert services delivered by Panos Taliadoros, an established real estate sales & support professional. His experience in this area includes several years serving as a branch manager for a large agency in the U.K. prior to relocating to Alonnisos in 2015.

As a full-time resident of the island, Panos (pictured on the left) has in-depth knowledge of the nuances of the Alonnisos real estate market, and is readily accessible not only by email and phone, but also in person 7-days a week, as opposed to other companies that offer real estate services on a remote basis through websites and telephone contact alone. He is committed to delivering total transparency and honesty to both sellers and buyers, giving them the confidence to count on him to assist them throughout the transaction process.

Born in the U.K. of Greek-Cypriot parents, he is very much at home on Alonnisos and can empathize with the “Greek culture” first hand. He likewise is a great ambassador for promoting the island through social media and advertising.

Panos has the necessary experience and communication skills to work successfully with all parties involved – sellers, buyers, and their legal representatives as well. In addition, he has established relationships with architects on the island and other home-related service providers to assist buyers interested in customizing their homes to meet their specific preferences.

For more information about Greek Key Properties and the services it offers please visit https://www.greekkeyproperties.com. To contact Panos directly via email with any questions, please click here.

al Diavolo Pizzeria in the Old Village

The past two summers (2017 & 2018) we have really enjoyed the pizzas at the al Diavolo Pizzeria in the Old Village. It is located just above Aquasanta, the Italian restaurant, and from what I understand they are owned by the same gentleman. Prior to Al Diavolo’s arrival there really wasn’t a restaurant in the OV that specialized in pizza, so it’s great that they decided to open one.

The menu includes a number of different types of pizzas, and they are  flexible about making special orders as well. We really liked their pizza with fresh Rocket salad, and have had other varieties as well. Beer and wine also is available, as are soft drinks and bottled water. From our experience the prices are reasonable, particularly with the excellent quality of the pizzas.

Al Diavolo has some seating in the front and rear for those interested in dining on site, and, please note that the number of tables is small and the place has become quite popular. So, it can be challenging to find a place to sit down during the busy season in August. Because of this, we’ve started to order pizzas on a carry-out basis. Whether we dine in or take it home, we’ve always found the young man preparing the pizzas, Yiannis (he’s pictured on the left in this photo), to be very friendly and welcoming. Note that if you want to order a carry-out, unless things change this summer you will need to visit the restaurant itself to place the order as they don’t have a phone-based ordering system.

To find al Diavolo, from the bus stop in the OV walk straight up the main road until it ends at the Piperi Bar, then turn left heading up, and at the first side walkway that you come to take a right. It’s perhaps 10 meters or less from there.

Insurance Services in Alonnisos

A trusted friend of ours, George Tsoukanas, is now offering top-quality insurance services for Alonnisos residents as well as homeowners on the island who are from the EU and other countries too. He can provide access to coverage for homes, businesses, autos, and motorbikes from an assortment of well-respected insurance suppliers.

To contact George via email about the various types of insurance coverage he has available, please click here.

Recommended Apartments in Skiathos – Fresh Rooms

For our trip to Alonnisos in 2018 we once again needed to overnight in Skiathos, as we arrived an hour later than the last boat for the evening left that particular night in mid-July. Since we were only staying just the one night, we simply wanted a clean, safe, and cost-effective place that was near to port so we could catch our ferry to Alonnisos the next day. In the past we stayed several times at a hotel outside the city center, however, this year the price was way too high (i.e., 100 Euros) for just a one night stay after a late evening arrival.

So, I came across information about Fresh Rooms on Booking.com and made a reservation. The owner/manager Michalis (Michael) was very friendly and hospitable. The room itself was fairly basic but clean and with AC as well. There was no Wi-Fi to my knowledge, but we really didn’t care since we would only be there a short time. We didn’t have a “view” but that didn’t matter to us either. The price at the time was 50 Euros, which was just fine. Note also that the place is up on a hill so there are some steps to climb.

We really liked the location because it’s right off the main road and it took us just five minutes to walk to the center of the port that evening for dinner at our favorite restaurant in Skiathos (i.e., Paraxenos – awesome food by the way). The next morning Michalis was kind enough to drive us to the port (less than 1km) since we had the suitcases to deal with and were running a bit late; we really appreciated that.
Bottom line, in our case this was a great place to stay in Skiathos based on our itinerary as pass-through travelers. Based on this experience, we would definitely stay there again on our way to Alonnisos.

For more information about Fresh Rooms, please click on this link to its page on Booking.com.

 

 

Land for Sale – Old Village Area

One of the things I really appreciate about Alonnisos is the impromptu connections I’ve made over the years that truly are organic (i.e., not arranged) in nature. Last week, for example, I went to the cemetery to pay my respects to people we knew who passed away since we left last year. In doing so, I had the great pleasure of meeting a mother (Machi) and daughter (Maria) who were carefully tending to the grave of their husband/father. Maria and I struck up a conversation in English and it was a lovely chat indeed. She mentioned that she had some land for sale, and in response to that I decided to write this post and include information about it here on AlonnisosInsider.com.

The parcel of land for sale is a seaside plot of 2,203 square meters (total) with olive trees located on the west side of Alonnisos near the southern end of the island. It is just 500 meters away from the Old Village, has easy access through an existing road, and importantly, the required building license, forest clearance, and proper documentation are already prepared. The property is situated on a hill and is ideal for building a home/cottage. The price for this plot of land is 60,000 Euros.

For more information about this property, or to ask any questions, please click here to send an email to Maria Kalogianni.

Also, please note that to keep this site “pure” AlonnisoInsider.com does not receive any compensation for this post or any others.

Marabu All Day Bar in Patitiri

Recently I learned about a cafe called the Marabu All Day Bar, which is located right on the waterfront in Patitiri, so I thought I’d write a quick post about it. Marabu offers 25 percent discount on selected items daily from 17:00-19:30 (i.e., 5:00pm – 7:30pm) and has the following Happy Hour prices:

  • Large beer (draught or bottled): 3.0 Euros
  • Glass of wine: 3.0 Euros
  • Selected cocktails: 6.0 Euros

Next time you’re in Patitiri be sure to check out Marabu to enjoy the beverage of your choice, and to take advantage of the great view as well.

ElectroNet Alonnisos – Wide Selection of Electronic Products, Excellent Service

Recently, the 20-year old refrigerator in our family home in Alonnisos began to fail so we had to face the fact that it was time to replace it. While some folks on the island suggested that we shop for it on the Internet, I really felt it was better to deal face-to-face with local people for a purchase such as this. As such, I visited the ElectroNet store in Patitiri several times to do research in order to make a decision as to which fridge to buy. Each time I stopped by there I was greeted warmly by the salesperson, Smaragdi, and she patiently listened to my questions and answered them all.

The other day we finally purchased one at ElectroNet and it was delivered just three hours later by one of the owners, Panayiotis, and two other men who clearly knew what they were doing.  They not only brought the new fridge, they also took the old one away for only 20 Euros.

I am pleased to say that the entire experience was very positive, and as such I highly recommend ElectroNet as a source in Alonnisos for just about any electronic product (I actually bought a new coffee grinder as well that day).

ElectroNet is located across from the car park near the big bakery on the main street heading up to the port. The telephone number  is 2424-0-66069, and to contact the store via email, click here.

I&M Motorbike Rental in Patitiri Now Renting Cars Too

For anyone interested in renting a car in Alonnisos, I am pleased to report that I&M Motorbike Rental is now offering cars for rent as well. They have two new Citroen C1 passenger cars available for daily rental this summer (2018, see photo to your right). Both cars have manual transmissions and rent for approximately 50ϵ/day during high-season (August) and 45 ϵ/day in May – June and in September.

Based on my very positive experiences over 21 years with the owners, Ilias and Maria and their fine son Apostolis, I can say without question you won’t find a better place to rent a car or a motorbike in Alonnisos.

I&M’s Patitiri location is  on what we call “the back street” up from the port on the west side of Patitiri. The photo to your left of Ilias and his father Apostolis was taken back in 2011 and provides some insight as to what the storefront looks like. It’s easy to find because there’s usually a large number of motorbikes parked across the street from it. To contact I&M by phone call (30) 2424-065010 (where 30 is the country code). To reserve a car (or motorbike) via email 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.