Category Archives: Alonnisos – Beaches

Milia Bay/Beach and the Milia Bay Hotel

Milia Bay and beach is nestled among hills and pine trees and is a wonderful place to take a swim and spend the day. As the photo to your right shows, the beach at Milia is spacious enough to accommodate a number of visitors, but is still small enough to limit crowds of people from showing up on any given day.

Like most beaches in Alonnisos, Milia Bay is comprised of stones as opposed to sand (see photo below left), so for optimum comfort you’ll either need to rent a beach chair, use a heavy-duty beach mat, or have an air mattress (lie-low in the UK) to lie on. To see a brief YouTube video that shows a view of this beautiful beach from the sea, click here.

Milia Bay is located perhaps five kilometers from the port town of Patitiri, and eight kilometers from the Old Village of Alonnisos. Because of this distance, walking there would be quite challenging for most people, so that means you’ll most likely need to either rent a motorbike or a car to get there. Years ago the road down to this beach was made of dirt and was very rough, but now it is paved and very smooth. If you do drive a rental car there, please note that parking is quite limited at Milia Bay, and that there is a private driveway just before the beach that should not be blocked.

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Tzortzi Gialos Beach

Like Chrissi Milia and Kokkino Kastro, Tzorti Gialos beach is quite popular with tourists, and particularly so during the high season in late July and August. We have been to this beach several times over the years, and each time we found it to be an enjoyable experience. What is really novel about Tzortzi Gialos is that the sea is quite shallow for perhaps the first 30 – 40 meters. In fact, you have to go out quite far before you’re in a position where you’re standing up and your head is not above the water level.

 Like most Alonnisos beaches, Tzorti Gialos is comprised of stones as opposed to sand. That means for optimum comfort you’ll need to use a heavy-duty beach mat, or have an air mattress (lie-low in the UK) to lie on. There may be chair and umbrella rental there, but I’m not certain. To see a brief YouTube video that shows the view of this beautiful beach from the sea, click here.

Tzortzi Gialos is perhaps nine kilometers from Patitiri and about 12 kilometers from the Old Village. Because of this distance, walking there would be impractical for the vast majority of people, so you’ll need to either rent a motorbike or a car to get there, or take a taxi. The drive offers some very nice scenery on the way, and the last part of road down there winds through a beautiful pine forest with a heavenly fragance.

This beach has services (i.e., food, drink & restrooms at the taverna). The last time we were there we found the food to be quite good, so I assume that would still be the case. As you can see from the photo on your right, the taverna is conveniently located very close to the sea.

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Kokkino Kastro Beach

Kokkino Kastro beach is a very popular beach, but in all my visits to Alonnisos I must admit I’ve only been there twice because it’s much more convenient for us to spend time at beaches closer to the Old Village (e.g., Megalos Mourtias). Like most beaches in Alonnisos, Kokkino Kastro is comprised of stones as opposed to sand. That means for optimum comfort you’ll either need to rent a beach chair, use a heavy-duty beach mat, or have an air mattress (lie-low in the UK) to lie on. To see a brief YouTube video that shows a view of this lovely beach from the sea, click here.

Kokkino Kastro is perhaps 8 kilometers from Patitiri and about 11 kilometers from the Old Village. Because of this distance, walking there would be quite challenging for the vast majority of people, so that means you’ll probably need to either rent a motorbike or a car to get there, or take a taxi. The drive offers some very nice scenery on the way, and the good news is that the road is now paved all the way down to the parking area near the beach.

There is a snack bar on Kokkino Kastro beach but no full-service tavernas as far as I know. Also, if you are driving a rental car please be sure not to park in a place that would block entrance to a gated private driveway that borders the small road/path down to the beach.

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Chrissi Milia Beach

 Chrissi Milia beach is perhaps the only sandy beach on the island. Because of that distinction, it is a very popular destination for visitors. In all my visits to Alonnisos I must admit that I’ve only been to Chrissi Milia one time because it’s just so convenient for us to spend time at beaches closer to the Old Village (e.g., Megalos Mourtias).

This beach is perhaps 7 kilometers from Patitiri and about eight kilometers from the Old Village. Because of this distance, walking there would be quite challenging for most people, so that means you’ll most likely need to either rent a motorbike or a car to get there, or take a taxi. The drive offers some very nice scenery on the way, and the road is paved and very smooth.

Chrissi Milia beach offers full services (i.e., food and drink, restrooms, beach chair and umbrella rental). While we’ve visited the taverna located there, the fact is it’s been years since we have so I am unable to comment on the quality of its food or service. My guess is that the food is most likely more than acceptable, and the taverna’s proximity to the beach makes it a very convenient place to visit. To see a YouTube video of what Chrissi Milia looks like from the sea, click here.

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Micros Mourtias Beach

Micros Mourtias is a small beach that is accessible from the Old Village of Alonnisos via a walking path. This path was originally used for donkey traffic down to a port that was adjacent to the beach. This beach is also accessible by car, motorbike, and by foot via a dirt road that originates near the Old Village. There is a small parking area that is near the last portion of the path down to the beach. There are no services (i.e., restaurants, rest rooms/water closets) at this beach so it generally attracts a smaller amount of visitors, except during the month of August when it can become quite crowded. The photo to your right was taken at Micros Mourtias and the mountain out in the distance is on the island of Evia.It’s my understanding that the port of Micros Mourtias was a hub of activity many years ago when it served as the primary arrival point for ships bringing both passengers and goods for the Old Village.

While there is still a small cement pier located there, there is no longer any commercial shipping activity. Occasionally a speed boat arrives and moors at the pier, but generally it’s not used at all. Sail boats also show up now and then and anchor out in the small bay.Like most beaches in Alonnisos, Micros Mourtias is comprised of stones as opposed to sand, with a good number of them being of the flat variety. That makes them great for skipping on the ocean, providing of course no one is out there swimming! For optimum comfort water socks are recommended, as is a beach mat and/or an air mattress (lie-low in the UK). Since there are no services, be prepared to bring your own food and beverages.

Getting to Micros Mourtias

 The path to this beach from the Old Village is quite steep in parts, and over the years has served as my favorite place to hike on the island. The picture to your left shows the view of Micros Mourtias bay/beach from the point at which the walking path begins. Naturally, going down is quite easy; it’s the going up part that presents the challenge! Generally, if you’re in fairly good physical shape it should take you perhaps 20 minutes to walk down to Micros Mourtias from the Old Village; the return trip can take as little as 20 minutes (if you’re climbing aggressively) to as much as 30 minutes or more if you take more of a leisurely approach. In both directions the views are simply beautiful, and typically you rarely encounter anyone else during your walk. To see a very brief YouTube video that includes the types of views you’ll experience on the walking path and while visiting this beach, click here.

When I initially discovered and began hiking this path in 2000, it was very a very rough trail, but in 2007 it was widened and paved with stones in most places. Please note you also have the option of walking the road down to Micros Mourtias, but I don’t recommend it because it makes the trip much longer, and you run the risk of having to dodge a car or motorbike now and then. If you rent a motorbike or a car and want to visit this beach, follow the main tarmac road past the Old Village and just past the cemetery (on your right) make a left turn. From there just follow the road about a half a kilometer or less and then turn left again, then look for the first road you can turn left on and after several twists and turns you’ll end up at the parking area I referenced above. From there you need to walk down a small segment of the path to arrive at the beach.

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