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Getting to Alonnisos from Athens via the port of Mantoudi in Evia

During the tourist season of 2019 there were no longer any direct boat (i.e., ferry or Flying Cat) departures from the mainland port of Agios Konstantinos to Alonnisos. It was possible to get to Skiathos from Agios Konstantinos, but passage on a different boat was required for the rest of the journey to Alonnisos. This may change during the 2020 season, but in case it doesn’t, people on their way to Alonnisos who arrive in Athens, and who do not want to fly to Skiathos (for an ensuing boat transfer to Alonnisos), or who are unable to book a flight to Skiathos, have two primary options to get to the island:

Option 1 is to take a coach bus or taxi to the port of Mantoudi on the island of Evia, followed by a ferry to Alonnisos called Proteus (pictured to your right), which is operated by ANES Lines. To book reservations for passage on Proteus, click here.

To reach Mantoudi by bus from the Athens airport you will first need to take the X93 city bus to the Bus Terminus B bus station in Athens. To see a long-distance bus schedule for buses departing from Bus Terminus B click here. The total time it will take you to get to Mantoudi from the airport via Bus Terminus B will be perhaps as much as 3.5 hours, but could be more based on traffic conditions. The estimated time for the bus ride itself from Athens to Mantoudi is approximately 2.5 hours. To book reservations on this bus click here. Choose the departure point as Athens and the arrival point as Kymasi.

If you’d prefer to take a taxi to Bus Terminus B, please page down to see information regarding a limo/taxi driver in Athens that I recommend.

One other note, in addition to bus X93 from the airport, you also can reach Athens City Centre via the Metro Train line. Ask the information desk at the airport for directions to the on-site Metro station (it’s on the lower level). If you do take the Metro, you’ll want to take it to the Attiki Station in Athens, as it’s the closest station to Bus Terminus B for your next travel segment to Mantoudi. Note that travel via train instead of bus gets you to the city center in perhaps half the time. Please likewise note that based on advice from a friend in Athens, for safety sake it’s best to take a taxi from the Athens Attiki Metro Station to the main bus terminal.

Option 2 is to take a bus or taxi to the port of Kimi on the island of Evia, followed by a boat (the Skyros Shipping Company Achilleas) to Alonnisos. To learn the details about this option, please click here.

To Mantoudi via Taxi/Limo

If you aren’t as much concerned about cost as you are about comfort and speed, you also have the option of taking a taxi/limo from the Athens Airport directly to Mantoudi. While this would obviously be more expensive than bus travel, if two or more people are traveling together the price is much more reasonable and it’s clearly more convenient.
If you are interested in taking a taxi/limo, I highly recommend the services of a driver in Athens named Spiros Halkides. Not only is he a great guy, but he also speaks fluent English from his experience in living in New York for many years. Here is his contact information: Telephone: 30-2109944771 (H) & (30)-6944285686(MOBILE). To visit Spiros’ website click here. To contact Spiros via email, click here.

(As an alternative to the above information, there is a website called RometoRio that has a bookings page dedicated to the Athens – Mantoudi segment. Click here to visit it.)

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.

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.

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!

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 .

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 hearing about “Mary’s Bar” from various folks, 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.