National Marine Park - Alonissos (Greece)

National Marine Park. Where Alonissos is also known for its National Marine Park. The National Marine Park of Alonissos is the first marine park of Greece and at the same time the largest marine protected area in Europe. The area that the park occupies is approximately 2220 square kilometers. Within that area apart from Alonissos, are the islands of Kyra Panagia, Psathoura, Piperi, Skatzoura, Gioura and twenty-two other small islands. This park was founded in 1970 and since 1986 a decision was made to protect the monk seal, the seal Monachus Monachus, in this area. The whole area is well protected from the crowds and mass tourism. Some islands may not be accessed if there is a permit needed to get there. Consequently, there are excellent conditions for endangered species to survive. Similarly, the Monachus-Monachus seal which has been given the name because of the shape of the top of it’s head that looks like the hat of a Catholic monk. Monachos in Greek monk. Today the monk seal is one of the most endangered species in Europe. These animals swam not only in the Mediterranean but also in the Black Sea and even on the Atlantic coast. Today, 500 seals are still alive and it is estimated that two thirds of them are in Greek waters. Monachus-monachus is one of the largest seal species, they may be three meters long and reach up to the age of forty.

Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee

Photo Gallery Alonissos - Photos of Alonissos

Patitiri | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 32 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Alonissos town (Chora) | Sporades | Greece  Photo 72 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Agioi Anargiri monastery | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 1 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Museum Alonissos in Patitiri | Sporades | Greece  Photo 14 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Steni Vala | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 38 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Museum Alonissos in Patitiri | Sporades | Greece  Photo 7 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Alonissos town (Chora) | Sporades | Greece  Photo 1 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Chrisi Milia | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 19 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Chrisi Milia | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 13 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk Agios Petros near Steni Vala | Alonissos Sporades | Greece  Photo 6 - Photo GreeceGuide.co.uk

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Average temperature National Marine Park
January
12.1°C
February
12.4°C
March
13.4°C
April
16.2°C
May
19.4°C
June
23.5°C
July
25.2°C
August
25.3°C
September
23.0°C
October
19.7°C
November
16.4°C
December
13.6°C

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Alonissos: Where on the map is National Marine Park located?

Map of National Marine Park
The map of Alonissos (┬ęGreeceGuide.co.uk)