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Called Ikos in ancient times, Alonissos is a flora rich and hilly island with a population of about 3,000 and dense pine forests comprising the southern area. Some 325 meters above sea level, you’ll find Kalovoulos Mountain, where views of the sunset are truly remarkable. Inhabited since the Paleolithic period of prehistoric times, Alonissos was conquered and ruled over the years by the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman empires. Playing a significant role in the Greek War of Independence, the island officially joined Greece in 1838.

portes magazine | summer 2014

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