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During a daily cruise alongside the National Marine park of Alonnisos island we see a lot of dolphins that follow our ship pop up from the sea alone or of groups of 3-4,the sight was magnificent and all the visitors enjoy the presentation of the dolphins there.

The National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades

The National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades
was the first designated Marine Park in the country and is currently the largest marine protected area in Europe (approximately 2.260 Km2 ). Besides the sea area, the Park includes Alonnisos, six smaller islands (Peristera, Kyra Panagia, Gioura, Psathura, Piperi and Skantzoura), as well as 22 uninhabited islets and rocky outcrops.

After a long period of population decline due to emigration, the population has shown stabilisation in recent decades with a small steady increase, now reaching 3.000 inhabitants during the winter period. The main occupations are fishing, raising livestock and agriculture. The tourism industry has flourished in recent years. The declaration of the area as a National Park is expected to contribute to the area’s mild and sustainable development by creating new opportunities for employment in parallel with support of traditional occupations.

The area is of scientific, educational and culture interest, as a result of discoveries of both archaeological and historical monuments on the island, dating from the prehistoric, classical and Byzantine periods (caves, shipwrecks, old monasteries and churches). In areas where approaching is permitted, visitors can partake in swimming, snorkelling, observation of the sea bed and wildlife, amateur photography and filming, visit to cultural monuments, walking etc. There are special restrictions regarding amateur fishing.

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