Nestling in the hillside at the foot of a stunning historic hilltop village, Folia lies on a hand-picked plot perfectly situated a few minutes walk from the centre of a stunning hilltop village and a short walk from the beach. The house is elegantly furnished with hardwood lacquered furniture, silk bedding and stone statues. With uninterrupted spectacular views to the sea over unspoilt landscape, this fully equipped villa is able to accommodate a large number of people in complete comfort.
Designed and built to the highest standards in sympathy with local architecture, Folia is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens containing lemon, orange, fig, pomegranate, plum and peach trees, grape vines and flowering and ornamental plants. The house has a large private pool (10m x5m) with diving board and decked pergola with outdoor mattresses for al fresco relaxation. House features include home cinema, air conditioning, wireless internet throughout including poolside, extensive terracing with secluded secret terrace, vaulted chestnut ceilings, granite floors, barbecue, luxuriously appointed kitchen, mosquito blinds and sea views from all the bedrooms.
Megalos Mourtias is the closest beach and is a 15 minute walk downhill (1,000m). It is a pebble beach with two delightful tavernas and sun beds on the beach and under olive groves. The sea here is completely calm, shallow and has sand underfoot making it ideal for families.
The 11 Sporades Islands are densely wooded and mountainous. Alonissos is one of only 4 inhabited islands in the group, and the only inhabited island in a marine conservation area. There are many beaches around the island and all are unspoilt and undeveloped. Some have tavernas such as Chrissi Milia and Leftos Yialos, great for lunch or dinner by the sea. Up the island is a picturesque port, Steni Vala where you will find some excellent seafood tavernas.
Alonissos has a large and picturesque area of protected forest; a lush mix of dense, scented pine, evergreen oak and a variety of fruit trees and bushes and it has been a walkers paradise for many years. Walking guides describe numerous marked walks across and around the island.
Sailing conditions around the Sporades are ideal with many interesting islands to be discovered. Some of the smaller uninhabited islands offer safe anchorage and secluded coves for swimming and fishing. The close proximity of these islands make this area a perfect place for short excursions. Yachts can be chartered from Alonissos, Skopelos and Skiathos and it is also possible to hire small motor boats from Patitiri harbour for day trips.
There are several excellent diving schools in Patitiri and Steni Vala and an underwater museum is being developed and will allow diving on an ancient wreck. The crystal clear visibility and underwater landscape here make for some of the most spectacular diving in the world. The sea bed is among the richest in shipwrecks dating back as far as 5th century B.C. and the area around Alonissos and Skopelos has the second largest concentration of ancient and middle-aged wrecks in the world, the most famous being off the coast of Peristera island adjacent to Alonissos.
Alonissos is home to the internationally acclaimed centre of classical homoeopathy founded and run by the renowned homoeopath George Vithoulkas. Yoga and massage are also available locally in the Old Village.
Alonissos can be reached by charter flights to Skiathos between May and October. From Skiathos take the Flying Kat (80 minutes) or Ferry (1 hour 45 minutes). These run daily are can be booked online.
Scheduled flights are via Athens and Thessaloniki and travel from there is by coach to Aghios Contantinos or Volos and Flying Kat for 3 hours or an internal flight to Skiathos and the flying Kat from there.
We would recommend car or scooter hire for trips round the island, but this is not essential as beach and old village are both easily accessible on foot.
For more information and photographs, please visit the Folia website at: www.foliaalonissos.com