This newly built apartment is designed in keeping with the character of the village with local style windows and exposed chestnut beams which makes the apartment wonderfully cool in the summer and warmer in the winter months.
Tiled steps lead through a courtyard gate up to the door of the apartment which is situated above three small souvenir shops. The apartment has a veranda which offers an area for sunbathing or entertaining.This has a pergola overhead to prevent it becoming too hot but also allows a sun area. This has wonderful clear sea views over the deserted islands of Thio Adelfia which are visited on diving trips.
The apartment consists of two large rooms plus bathroom. It is tiled with a light grey tile and all furniture is in white wood. It is wonderfully airy and light. The sitting area has a large settee which opens into a king sized bed and there are also easy chairs and coffee tables. It is tastefully furnished with sideboard, books, DVD and music player. There are three windows in the sitting area looking over the pedestrianised village street.
More usually the apartment is rented to two people but if a small child is accompanying them a simple pulldown bed is also available to save opening the king sized sofa if requested.
In the dining area is a dining table and chairs which seats 4/6 people and is situated next to a large picture window which perfectly frames the sea view as seen by our photos.
The kitchen is fully fitted and equipped with hob, cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer. Plus ample china and cooking utensils.
Going through an archway and down one step is a small hallway which leads to the king sized bedroom. The bathroom is off this hallway.
The fully tiled bathroom has a shower plus bath, handbasin and units plus toilet. It is tiled in a pale blue and white.
The bedroom has balcony doors to the front and back with a small balcony on the village side and a large veranda on the sea side. The bedroom is quite large with furnishings in white. From the king sized bed you look directly out to the sea. The room has air conditioning although this is rarely used as the open beams plus front and back balcony doors make this room very pleasantly cool. A hair drier is provided as are beach towels, robes,ironing board and iron.
The main beach used by Hora residents is Megalo Mourtia. This is about ten minutes drive away and about twenty minutes walk. It offers excellent, safe swimming and snorkelling. Sun beds are available to patrons as are two very good beach tavernas which open until late evening in the height of the season. If you walk down usually someone will offer you a lift back up although most locals consider this their daily constitutional! and there is a shorter footpath route.
There are also the beaches of Mikro Mourtia and Yialia nearby which are also favoured as being quieter than Megalo Mourtia but they do not have tavernas or drinks.
Patitiri, the main port and village of the island is ten minutes away by car or bus. There is also the original footpath which leads down to the village in about twenty minutes. This is the main shopping area and has quite a few tavernas, bars and coffee shops as well as the bank and ferry booking offices.
There are many bays and coves in Alonissos - some deserted and some with tavernas. Some are sandy and shallow, others are shingly or shelve more steeply. All offer excellent safe swimming and snorkeling with crystal clear sea water. You could literally go to a different beach each day of your holiday.
There are some fabulous drives to the north of the island and car hire is worthwhile although not essential. Taxis are available day and night plus the little local bus to the Hora operates until midnight in the height of the season. This bus is usually a little tardy starting up at the beginning of the season however!
There is a small shop in the Hora as well as a local bakers, ice cream parlour, tavernas, coffee shops and bars.
The Hora is really beautiful and very interesting. Certainly a photographers and artists paradise.
We also have a museum on the island which is well worth a trip to learn about the pirate past of Alonissos and our wine making history.
We have wonderful marked walks to be explored on your own as well as led walks by a very knowledgable leader. These are bookable as are all trips from the offices in Patitiri.
The waters around Alonissos are wonderful for diving and snorkeling. We have several dive facilities and it is possible to do PADI courses, trial dives as well as standard day or night dives. It is a thrill just to be on a boat and trips are offered to neighbouring islands in the Marine Park. Skopelos and Skiathos can also be visited on a day trip. Kayaks are available for hire with a guide and this makes a wonderful way to visit otherwise inaccessible bays.
We have visitors outside the main tourist season who love to come and paint, walk, admire the fauna and flora when the weather is not too hot. Also available are daily yoga classes, Alexander Technique and massage therapy.