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Alonnisos (Greek: Αλόννησος), also transliterated as Alonissos or Alonisos, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. After Skiathos and Skopelos it is the third member of the Northern Sporades. It is 3 km (2 nm) E of the island of Skopelos. Alonnisos is also the name of a village on the island, as well as the municipality that encompasses the island and the village.


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The village of Alonnisos is located on the southern part of the island. It is locally known as Chora. The main port of the island is located in the southeast and is called Patitiri. There is ferry and hydrofoil service from Patitiri to Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Thessaloniki on the mainland and to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. The bay at the southern end of the island is also called Alonnisos.

History

In the Middle Ages and until the 19th century, the island was known as Liadromia (Λιαδρόμια). It was renamed in 1838, as it was – mistakenly according to later research – identified with Alonnisos of Antiquity. In reality, the present island of Alonissos was known as Ikos (Ίκος) to the Ancient Greeks.

Geography

The island at its widest is 4.5 km from northwest to southeast and at its longest is 20 km from southwest to northeast. The area of the island is 64 km2. The island is mostly limestone. It is located east of mainland Greece and Magnesia, northeast of Euboea and northwest of the island of Skyros.

The island
Alonnisos

Agriculture is widespread on Alonnisos, predominantly mixed farming and vineyards. The main products are almonds, grapes, figs and olives. Spruce trees are abundant on the island. While fishing is a popular profession on the island, tourism is now the main industry.

Housing traditionally consists of closely constructed houses with stone walls, which, until 1965, were centered around the capital. A small fortress protected against enemies and pirates. The island and the village were heavily damaged in the 1965 earthquake. Many inhabitants returned not to the village of Alonnisos, but to Patitiri. The old village has been restored in recent years, with rebuilt houses now utilised for tourism.

The beaches around the island consist of pebbles. The ecosystem in the north side of the island is in good condition. The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus-Monachus) is common around the island, and in 1992 the Alonnisos Marine Park was created to protect these seals and other animals.

Communities and subdivisions
Port of Patitiri
Beach in Alonissos
Beach in Alonissos

The Municipality includes several other islands with small resident populations. The total land area of the municipality is 129.607 km². The 2001 census population was 2,700 inhabitants, of whom only 28 persons lived on the other islands.

Alonissos Island

Ágios Pétros (Άγιος Πέτρος)
Alónnisos (Αλόννησος)
Chrysi Milia (Χρυσή Μηλιά)
Gérakas (Γέρακας)
Isiomata (Ισιώματα)
Kalamákia (Καλαμάκια)
Marpounta (Μαρπούντα) - abandoned
Mourtero (Μουρτερό)
Patitiri (Πατητήρι)
Steni Vala (Στενή Βάλα)
Votsi (Βότση)

Other islands

Adelfoi (Αδελφοί)
Gioura (Γιούρα)
Kyra Panagia (Κυρά Παναγιά)
Peristera (Περιστέρα)
Piperi (Πιπέρι)
Psathoura (Ψαθούρα)
Skantzoura (Σκάντζουρα)

Historical population
Year Population
1991 2,985
2001 2,425
2011 2,366

Municipalities and communities of the Magnesia Prefecture

Afetes | Agria | Aisonia | Almyros | Alonnisos | Argalasti | Artemida | Feres | Iolkos | Karla | Milies | Mouresi | Nea Anchialos | Nea Ionia | Portaria | Pteleos | Sipiada | Skiathos | Skopelos | Sourpi | Volos | Zagora

Anavra | Keramidi | Makrinitsa | Trikeri

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