Sea Park

On the island of Alonissos, a rare and endangered mammal in the Mediterranean, has found protection and shelter. The Monachus-Monachus seal found the ideal protection in the Marine Park of Alonissos.

Through the intervention of the state and the sensitivity of the local fishermen, the Mediterranean monk seal may now be living in harmony in the region, continuing a tradition of thousands of years.

The Marine Park of Alonissos, is now a unique habitat not only for the monk seal but also and for many other non-marine species.

At the area of Alonissos-N. Sporades, in 1992, was founded the first National Marine Park of Greece, which consists of extensive islands and marine areas of the wider archipelago of Alonissos with special physical, morphological and geographical characteristics.

The National Marine Park of Alonissos, of Northern Sporades, is the first Marine Park in Greece and the largest protected marine area in Europe (about 2,220 km2).

Besides the sea area, the Park includes the island of Alonissos, 6 smaller islands (Peristera, Kira Panagia, Psathoura, Piperi, Skatzoura and Jura) and 22 islets.

The area is of particular scientific, educational and cultural interest.

In the region of the park there are findings from the Prehistoric, Classical and Byzantine periods (shipwrecks, old monasteries and churches).

In some areas, where the access to the general public is free, visitors can enjoy swimming, diving, observing wildlife, amateur photography and filming, sightseeing of cultural sights, walks, etc.

There are certain restrictions on recreational fishing.

Hunting is prohibited everywhere, except from the island of Jura, where you will need a special permission.
The entrance is allowed in Zone A after a special permission that is given by the Management Body.