slideroneone 03Alonissos is not an island known for its sporting activities, but there are various opportunities for getting some exercise. The hottest months, July and August, are challenging to all but the hardiest of souls, but early morning and evening can be more do-able.

Possibly the most popular outdoor activity, especially in the earlier and later parts of the season, is walking. The island is perfect for it, and many ‘non-walkers’ have been converted by the variety of footpaths – most of which are off-road and completely safe; the fact that around every corner there is yet another stunning view; and there are walks for all abilities along numbered footpaths. You can either set off on your own, or it may be possible to organise a guided walk through one of the local travel agents. If you do decide to set off on your own don't forget to take water, wear a hat and suncream and tell someone where you are going. There are a number of helpful books available in the shops here, which give details of routes.

Every June the Alonissos Council organises the annual Alonissos Challenge, which consists of a couple of long distance,  multi-terrain runs and a 10 km walk. This has become a popular island activity and many non-runners now take part in the walk. See www.alonissoschallenge.gr for details and information about the 2015 challenge which will take place on 31 May 2015.

Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular here, and there are a number of travel agents who can arrange a session for you. The island is ideal for this, with safe water and plenty of beaches to stop of at. People have been known to come across dolphins and seals and it really is a great way to see the island from the sea. Pop into one of the travel agents offices in town for details.

Another ideal activity for the summer months is Aqua Fit which can be found several times a week in some of the hotels. Venues and days vary from year to year – but the Milia Bay Hotel and the Island Bar at Leftos Yialos Beach usually host one session a week each. The good thing about Alonissos, of course,  is that it is so small you can usually get the information you need just by asking around!

Over the past few years, diving has become popular around the island, and it is now possible to dive around various wrecks and other sites. Dives are available from the dive centre at Steni Vala, or through travel agencies in Patitiri.