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Alonissos (Greek: Αλόννησος) is, after Skiathos and Skopelos, the third of the Northern Sporades islands. It is located 3 km (2 nm) east of Skopelos, northeast of the island of Evia and northwest of the island of Skyros. The village of Alonissos is in the south of the island (known locally as Chora), while the main port, Patitira, is in the southeast.

The island is renowned for its unique Marine Park, where you can see the Mediterranean Monk Seal and other marine animals, including dolphins. Alonissos is the least developed of the Northern Sporades, with an unpretentious harbour village (Patitiri), a traditional old town at the top of a hill and uncrowded, mainly pebble beaches. The few sandy beaches include Chrisi Milia (a shallow sandy beach that is ideal for children) and Marpunta.

Traditional tavernas can be found on several of the beaches, including Rousoum and Votsi beach. These are perfect places to try traditional fresh fish dishes, such as kakavia and chargrilled octopus. You can also try other local delicacies, such as hamalia and amigdalota, or enjoy a quiet drink in tranquil Patitiri, with its old-world charm.

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