Hibiscus sits above a lovely sandy beach about half way up Alonissos
's east coast. The seafront tavernas, amenities and harbour of Steni Vala are about 10 minutes' walk away, making it eminently possible to dine out without ever taking the car. The island's main port, Patitiri, and the historic capital, Alonissos Town
, are just a 20-minute drive away.
Despite its diminutive size, 14km long and 4km wide, Alonissos has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beaches
. Arguably the best ones are to be found along the east coast and on the southern tip. One such, just a 10-minute drive north of Hibiscus, is Agios Dimitrios, whose splendid white sands and intense blue waters are irresistible. The north of the island also boasts some idyllic coves and beaches but most of these are only accessible by boat: an excellent reason to rent one for your stay.
Alonissos, its surrounding waters and minor islands, including Peristera, Kyra Panagia, Gioura, Psathoura, Piperi and Skantzoura, form the Alonissos Marine Park
, the largest of its kind in Europe. Established in 1992, its 2,250km2 is home to a fascinating variety of flora, fauna, marine life (including Meditteranean monk seals) and unspoilt natural beauty.
Finally, just across the water, is Alonissos's sister Sporades Island
, which is highly recommended and easy to get to.
For more information about hydrofoils and ferries to and between the Sporades Islands, please see our dedicated page
Skiathos airport: a 1hr35 hydrofoil crossing
Athens International Airport: 35-40 minutes to Alonissos by helicopter.
Patitiri town and port: 10km-6miles-18mins
Nearest shops, tavernas and amenities: 2mins drive or 10mins walk in Steni Vala
Nearest beach: 2mins walk below the villa at Agios Petros
Kalamakia (home to some excellent seafront fish tavernas): 10mins drive
Skopelos island and town: a 30-minute hydrofoil crossing
"For those looking for a quintessentially Greek property look no further, Hibiscus is absolutely charming. One of my most memorable and relaxing holidays ever!"
Collected by us from the detailed feedback forms we send to all our clients
We loved being so close to the sea at Hibiscus and being able to walk into Steni Vala for supper. The bay near Hibiscus was beautiful and it was very refreshing to be able to swim so easily close to the villa. The sea of Alonissos and Skopelos is incredible, the clearest we have even seen in Europe.
Hibiscus is a lovely villa, beautiful outside terraces and position. Loved close proximity to lovely beach. Steni Vala felt remote yet popular - the perfect levels of calm and buzz.
Hibiscus was charming and we loved the easy pace of life and walking to Steni Vala for breakfast or supper. I loved the feeling of being off the beaten track and how friendly the locals were. It felt quite unspoilt.
We loved our time at Hibiscus.
For those looking for a quintessentially Greek property look no further, Hibiscus is absolutely charming. One of my most memorable and relaxing holidays ever! A great hike can be down straight through the villa's grounds up to the old town of Chora, down to a wonderful beach and then along to the port at Patitiri.
We had a wonderful time at Hibiscus. Being able to often be the only swimmers in the bay near the villa was wonderful and we were very pleasantly surprised by how clean the water is.
We loved our holiday! The staff were lovely, they keep the beautiful garden, herb pots, flowers and the house really nicely, We will be booking again with you for next year.
Hibiscus is a great villa. End of road. Very quiet and great views and lots of locations around the villa to enjoy the surroundings. We had a very relaxing holiday, just what we wanted and hoped to find. No disappointments.
Hibiscus was very good.
Hibiscus is a haven of peace and tranquillity. We were spoilt for choice with sea view terraces to while away the time and decide on which beach to visit next! Waking up and popping down to the beach below for a morning swim was a fantastic treat. The house is full of charm and character and we felt very much at home. It was all perfect and it was incredibly hard to leave!