As this wild and mountainous island covered in forest is not particularly attractive to tourists, it may be all the more interesting for us as yachtsmen. You will be impressed with the rough inland areas and enchanted by the wild, enclosed beaches with magnificent swimming and safe anchorage.
The island has retained its character partly due to the National Marine Reserve being established here to protect the Mediterranean monk seal, whose global population is very small. There are around 800 of these animals worldwide and the local islands are home to approximately 30 seals. The islands of Pelagos, Yioura, and Piperi are well worth visiting while in the reserve. They are unpopulated and you will only find grazing goats and cows, or rabbits hopping about. However, yachtsmen must be cautious not to pollute the environment as this may earn them a fine and expulsion. The Monastery cove on the eastern side of Pelagos is an excellent starting point for a great trip to the monastery which dates back to 1062.
The uninhabited island of Kyra Panagia is not entirely deserted. It is home to one man, who looks after the olive trees, and one old monk. A small bay with a jetty is situated roughly in the middle of the eastern coastline and a monastery dating back to the end of the first millennium stands on the rocks above the bay. The monk living in the monastery is an old and very hospitable man who loves to talk. He speaks English fluently, and possibly also several other languages. While speaking with the old monk, you feel in the presence of a holy man and long to discover the same peace and balance that radiates from him. My crew has visited the monastery twice and each time we received a friendly welcome and did not want to leave. Docking in the bay is achieved with the anchor bows-to and the stern with a rope to the concrete breakwater or rocks. There is also a small beach and excellent fishing. The monk will tell you when and where to continue.
The town of Alonissos overlooks the small port of Patitiri, just steps away from the reconstructed old town of Palaia Alonissos wedged in the hills above the port. The old villages scattered around the town are also very romantic.
Port of Patitiri
The port is not very visible from the north or south. From the sea, you will be able to find the port by spotting the old village of Alonissos on the hill above it. Anchor at the NE breakwater, stern or bows-to. The bottom is sandy mud and holds the anchor well. Although there is very little space for anchoring in the harbour, there is mooring on the southern side. The area is well protected from Meltemi. However, slight swells may occur. You can rely on a full range of services including shops, taverns, and bars. Running water is provided directly at the breakwater.
The sandy Skantzoura Bay at the southern part of the Skantzoura island is one of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. The small beach is situated at the and of the bay and lined with rocks. Descending gently into the sea, the beach is ideal for small children. We occupied the beach for one whole day and did not see anyone else there. If you want to have the beach for yourself, arrive in the evening, stay anchored and occupy the beach in the morning so that nobody even thinks of going ashore.