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Alonissos Practical info


General Info
CLIMATE
The climate in Alonissos is Mediterranean, which means that the winters are mild and the summers are hot with plenty of sunshine. During the summer, and especially in July and August, the strong northern winds (“meltemia”) make the heat less intense.  Alonissos has about 2,000 hours of sunshine per year and the fact that forests cover a large percentage of the island explains its relatively high humidity. However, there is almost no rain during the summer months. 

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400). 
The Area Code for Alonissos is: +30 24240. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting There
BY AIR 
Alonissos does not have an airport. The closest airports are located on the island of Skiathos and at Volos on the mainland, with which Alonissos is connected by boat on a daily basis. 

BY BOAT
Alonissos is connected by boat and flying dolphin/catamaran with the ports of Volos and Agios Konstantinos, on the mainland, and with the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, all on a daily basis during the summer.  The trip by boat from Agios Konstantinos lasts about 4.5 hour, from Skiathos 2 hours and from Volos 4 hours.
 
Moreover, Alonissos is connected with the port of Kymi on the island of Evia and the boat trip from Kymi lasts about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
 
Alonissos is also connected by flying dolphin and catamaran with the port of Thessaloniki and the trip lasts 4 hours, whereas by the standard boat the trip lasts 6.5 hours.
 
By flying dolphin, the trip durations are significantly reduced: from Volos the trip lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes, from Agios Konstantinos about 2 (nonstop) to 2.5 hours, from Skiathos 1.5 hours or 20 minutes if it is a nonstop trip, and from the port of Glossa at Skopelos the trip lasts 1 hour. 

Note: Flying dolphins and catamarans transfer only passengers (not cars). 
Alonissos also has a heliport, which is mainly used for the urgent transportation of sick/injured persons to the hospitals of Athens and Thessaloniki.
For information on ports and schedules, visit the following links:
Hellenic Seaways: www.hellenicseaways.gr 
SAOS Ferries: www.saos.gr 
G.A. Ferries: www.gaferries.gr 

BY CAR/KTEL 
Agios Konstantinos is about 165 km. from Athens and it is an almost 2 hours’ drive. Alternatively, Volos is 324 km. from Athens and the trip lasts about 3.5 hours by car and more than 4 hours by KTEL. Kymi is about 175 km. from Athens and it is a 2.5 hours’ drive. Volos is closer to Thessaloniki (210 km.) and the trip lasts 2 hours by car and 2.5 hours by KTEL.
 
Some shipping companies have their own buses that start from the center of Athens (Kaniggos Square) and carry passengers straight to the port of Agios Konstantinos on the mainland or Kymi in Evia.


Local Trasportation
LOCAL BUSES
During the summer, the local bus (there is only one municipal local bus on the island) connects the island’s capital Patitiri with Old Alonissos and Steni Vala. The bus tickets are quite cheap (1 Euro) and can be bought in shops located in Patitiri. The shops selling bus tickets will have relevant announcements on their shop windows.

TAXI SERVICE
There are only 4 taxis available on the island. The cost of a taxi drive from Patitiri to Steni Vala is 10 Euros. 
Alonissos Taxi Services: Tel.: +30 24240 65751, +30 24240 65449, +30 24240 65061, +30 24240 65425.

WATER TAXI
The water taxis at Alonissos are mainly little boats that take tourists to beautiful secluded beaches. The starting point of water taxis is Patitiri and the usual cost is 5 Euros per person. 

BOAT
Daily excursions are organized to secluded beaches all around the island. These excursions are organized by request on a daily basis. For more information:
Alonissos Boat Rental Tel.:  +30 24240 66360, e-mail: info@ikion.com
Off-season Tel. number/Fax number: +30 210 6397865


Local Services
BANKS & ATMS
Only the National Bank of Greece has a branch and ATMs in Alonissos:
National Bank of Greece: Patitiri, Alonissos, Tel.: +30 24240 65777

MONEY EXCHANGE                                                                                     Money can be exchanged in the bank branches listed above.                        
 
POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in Hora where there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
 
The Post Office on Alonissos is located in Patitiri. 
Alonissos Post Office Tel. no: +30 24240 65560

POLICE STATION
Alonissos Police Station Tel.: +30 24240 65205
                                         
MUNICIPALITY OF ALONISSOS 
Tel.: +30 24240 65555

Useful Numbers
  • Radio Taxi: +30 24240 65751, +30 24240 65449, +30 24240 65061, +30 24240 65425.
  • Alonissos Flying Dolphins Info: +30 24240 65320
  • Alonissos Port Authority: +30 24240 65595
  • Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 2109699101-3
  • Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
INTERNATIONAL PRESS
NONE

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
  • Police: 100 
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Ambulance: 166
HEALTH
Alonissos Health Center: +30 24240 65208

PHARMACY
There are two pharmacies in Alonissos located in Patitiri: 
Chlivas Constantinos, Tel: +30 24240 66096
Tsoukana Machi, Tel.: +30 24240 65540



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