Beautiful Alonnisos is the most distant of the Sporades islands and hence the most unspoilt. Its turquoise seas are home to the largest marine park in Europe. Look down from the boat and its crystal waters seem to go down for ever. Swimming here is an unforgettable, magical experience.
The island itself has had something of a chequered history in modern times. When an earthquake badly damaged the hilltop capital in 1965, the whole population were rehoused in Patitiri, on the coast, which remains the island’s main town. Alonnisos Town remained largely derelict until it was rediscovered by foreigners who started buying and doing up the historic houses, giving it rather arty, bohemian feel today.