Alonnisos National Marine Park holds a special place in the European wildlife, preserving an unspoiled habitat for flora and fauna, marine and terrestrial species. It was founded in 2003 after long-lasting efforts from both local and international initiatives. Besides being the first marine park in Greece, another record is that of the largest marine protected area in entire Europe. The whole region is a member of MedPAN, which is short for Network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. Once visiting Alonnisos, you should not miss a visit to such an exceptional place!
The marine park is huge, featuring the island of Alonnisos and six smaller islands. They are called Piperi, Kyra Panagia, Skantzoura, Gioura, Psathoura and Peristera. There are also 22 even smaller islets completing the park, along with the sea area. Within Alonnisos National Marine Park, there are several exciting activities for visitors to indulge in. The entire experience is quite interactive, involving walking trails and swimming, snorkeling and even fishing and hunting. Of course, not all areas come with the same privileges and accessibility options, so you are strongly encouraged to check before choosing what to do next.
Among the most wonderful activities when visiting the park is to see the world famous Monachus Monachus Mediterannean monk seals. They are lovely creatures, unfortunately facing extinction. As a result, the park is a great shelter for them and there are volunteers going above and beyond to prevent this horrible scenario from coming true. Their reproduction takes place in the specific area of Piperi islet. The seals have found that to be a cozy place to rest and continue on their survival over the years.
Another amazing option is for you to swim with the dolphins in the crystalline waters of the Aegean! And then, you can walk around the evergreen scenery and admire the rare species of birds, plants and animals. Whatever you do, make sure that you enjoy every moment. It is you immersing within a place of unique natural beauty. Breathe in the fresh air, take a look around you and have lots of fun!