Welcome to the “Alonnisos Insider” Site

Welcome to the Alonnisos Insider Site! As a frequent visitor to Greece (i.e., 12 trips between 1997 and 2014) 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.

If you have found value in this website and are a member of Facebook, please click on this link to be taken to the Alonnisos Insider page on Facebook, where you can choose to “Like” the site. This will help us to spread the word about the Alonnisos Insider. Thanks! Also please note that I’ve placed a number of beautiful photos of Alonnisos in an album on that Facebook page, and regularly share new photos posted to the page by visitors, so please check them out when you have an opportunity.

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 Janury 26, 2016 I have updated ALL the posts. 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.

New Veterinary Clinic Opens on Alonnisos

In 2015 a new veterinary clinic has opened on Alonnisos. Here’s the information directly from the veterinarian:

2015-01-19 12.58.45Vetcare AlonnisosWe are proud to inform you that our veterinary clinic in Alonnisos is up and running. For information and appointments do contact us at our phones: Dimitris Papaioannou ( 6945445548) and Niki Lemoni (6931777842). To contact us via email with any questions click here. You will find us in Patitiri next to the Sea park administration office, in front of Machi’s Pharmacy.

2015-01-19 13.00.56Vetcare Αλλοννησο – Με χαρα σας ανακοινωνουμε την επισημη εναρξη της κλινικης μας και στην Αλλοννησο! Για πληροφοριες και ραντεβου επικοινωνητε στα τηλεφωνα: Δημητρης Παπαιωαννου (6945445548 ) Νικη Λεμονη (6931777842) Σταθερο mail. Θα μας βρείτε δίπλα από τον θαλασσιο φορέα, απέναντι από το φαρμακείο της Μάχης.

Elia Café – Leftos Gialos Beach

Elia CafeDuring our 2014 trip we also had the opportunity to visit the Elia Café, which is located at Leftos Gialos beach on the land just in front of the Eleonas Estiatorio, a restaurant we have visited numerous times over the 17 years we have been traveling to Alonnisos. The Elia Café is in a prime spot; with an unobstructed view to what many feel may be the most beautiful beach and bay on the island.

Eleni at Elia CafeThe café, which is operated by Eleni (the daughter of Nikos & Magda of Eleonas) and her fiancé, features an extensive drink menu and serves snack-type food as well. The ambience is excellent, as is the service, which Leftos Gialo viewisn’t a surprise given the quality of service we’ve experienced at Eleonas for so many years.

The next time you are in Alonnisos, be certain to visit the Elia Café, as I can assure you that you will have a wonderful experience.

Recommended Taxi Service – George Athanasiou

George the taxi driver2While visiting the island during the summer of 2014 we had the great pleasure of meeting and using the services of “George the taxi driver” (pictured to your right). Although we normally use our rented motorbike from I&M Rental to get to Patitiri from the Old Village, this year we had a few occasions in which we needed to take a taxi. My in-laws recommended George Athanasiou, so we took their advice, and, I’m delighted we did.

George the Taxi DriverWe found George to be very friendly and polite, and also appreciated his careful driving approach heading both down and up from Patitiri. As such, we highly recommend his taxi service to anyone visiting the island. George can be reached on his mobile phone at (30)6976221441 .

Loulaki Store – Patitiri

005Loulaki is an eclectic store in Patitiri that sells unique, top quality solutions for home, mind & body, and style. Located directly next to the National Bank of Greece branch in Patitiri, it is owned and operated by Claudia Tobias, a lovely woman who we originally met during our four month stay in Alonnisos during the summer of 2000.

This distinctive store features novel products for use in home interiors, such as antiques and beautiful and unusually crafted pottery. A shop for discerning customers, it also offers exquisite jewelry and textiles. In Claudia’s own words, Loulaki truly is an “Alladin’s Cave.”

For further information about Loulaki send an email to Claudia by clicking here.

Rocks – Homemade Pizza & Pasta

009Near the end of our 2014 visit to Alonnisos we had “a taste” for a pizza, but chose not to take the motorbike down to Patitiri since it was a bit windy and somewhat chilly that evening. It then occurred to us that we should pay a visit to a restaurant called “Rocks,” which offers “homemade pizza and pasta.” In all sincerity, for many years we had intended to try this restaurant, but for one reason or another never actually made it there.

On this particular evening things were very quiet in the Old Village, so getting a table was not an issue. Interestingly, we were greeted by a young man my wife recognized as the same person we first saw ten years ago running around the village as a little boy! In any event, we ordered a pizza and a Greek salad and were very impressed by the quality of the food, and of the service as well. Based on that experience, the next time we’re in Alonnisos we’ll be sure to eat at “Rocks” again.

Gyros of the Village

001During our 2014 trip we noticed that a new gyros restaurant had opened in the Old Village since our last visit in 2011. It is called “Gyros of the Village,” and it is operated by a very nice young man named Sokrates (pictured to your right). We were inspired to stop there one day to order some chicken gyros to take home for lunch, and we found the quality of the food to be simply excellent! Over the course of our stay we purchased carry out food from Sokrates several times, and in each instance the meals were delicious. Also note that the price per gyro was very reasonable.

In addition to gyros, Sokrates sells chicken and pork souvlaki, salads, and other foods. Menu options include gyros and souvlaki plates that offer very good size portions. While we chose to take food home with us, the restaurant also has many tables for those customers who prefer to dine onsite. Because of our very positive experiences at “Gyros of the Village,” we will be sure to visit this restaurant again many times during our next visit to Alonnisos.

Archontostasi Restaurant & Bar (“Mary’s Bar”)

031After three years of reading references to “Mary’s Bar” on the Ivicourt.com website, during our 2014 trip to Alonnisos we were inspired to finally visit there and have dinner. My wife’s mother and step-father (Elaine and Peter) came with us that evening, during which we also had the opportunity to listen to three exceptionally talented musicians from Athens.

015That evening we ordered pasta dishes that were very tasty, and as the photo to the left indicates, the portion size was very generous. All of us greatly enjoyed our meals and left there feeling completely satisfied with all aspects of the experience.

Based on that very positive first visit, Andrea and I returned to Archontostasi several more times during our stay, sampling other items on the menu. These included a delicious chicken with mustard sauce entrée, an excellent soya sauce-based chicken dish, and a wonderful Margherita pizza with great flavor and a very tasty, bakery-like crust. In addition to the excellent food, we found the service to be very good as well. The 030waiter who took care of us, Jorgos, was very friendly and efficient, and Mary the owner (pictured with me to the right) was very welcoming and kind to us each time we ate there.

Archontostasi is actually quite a large place, as there are outdoor terraces both in front of the restaurant and at the rear as well. The view from the front terrace is quite lovely, as it looks out toward the north side of the island. In addition, there is an indoor seating area available just in case it rains or the winds pick up. Please note that Archontostasi also offers free Wi-Fi access for its customers.

Maria Studios – A Cosy Pension in Patitiri

The “Maria Studios” is a family-run pension located in the port town of Patitiri. A cosy complex of 10 studios surrounded by lush pine trees, it’s only 20 meters from a rocky beach, making it ideal for those who love fishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving.

All rooms feature everything guest need for a comfortable stay, including modern amenities such as free WI-Fi available in public areas of the pension, fully equipped kitchenettes, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and spacious balconies, most of which offer a panoramic view of the sea. In addition, rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and free parking is also available on-site. Maria Studios is conveniently located just 200 meters from the port itself, making it an ideal base for excursions and shopping.

For more information or to book a reservation, visit the Maria Studios website, or telephone +30-2424-065348.

Ikion Eco Boutique Hotel in Patitiri

The Ikion Eco Boutique Hotel is located in the main port town of Patitiri, situated about 500 meters from the port itself through a convenient foot path. One of the most beautiful traditional buildings on the island, it originally opened in 1993 and was fully renovated during the summer of 2011.

Classified as an environmentally-friendly (i.e., “green”) hotel, it offers 13 luxurious rooms with private balconies and wireless Internet access (i.e., Wi Fi), each of which are air-conditioned and feature a number of amenities, including anatomic mattresses and a pillow menu. In addition, a healthy and energizing breakfast prepared with local ingredients is available for guests on a daily basis.

>A wide selection of restaurants, mini-markets, and other stores also are just a very short walk from this beautiful hotel, as is a local bus stop. For additional information regarding the Ikion Eco Boutique Hotel, click here to visit the hotel’s website. To learn about room rates and other booking information, click here.