Alonissos is one of the islands of the Sporades chain that lie off mainland Greece's east coast. Unlike its much noisier neighbour Skiathos, Alonissos has a tranquil, soporific atmosphere with lots of old-world Greek holiday charm.
It may have escaped the embrace of the package industry but signs of change are apparent as more visitors discover its many attractions.
Holiday hotels, apartments and villas have sprung up in the main resorts while newly surfaced roads offer easy access to even remote beaches.
With the surrounding waters part of a marine park, Alonissos boasts some of the cleanest swimming in the Mediterranean but boat trips to outlying islets can be curbed to protect endangered seal habitats.
Walkers have plenty to crow about with the very green, fertile and heavily wooded hills crossed by well-marked walking trails.
Regular daily ferries from Skiathos make Alonissos relatively easy to get to and the island often features in multi-resort breaks in holiday brochures.
If island tranquillity is the object, with 'people watching' from quiet tavernas, wandering wooded hills or taking small boats to near-deserted beaches then Alonissos has much to offer the holiday visitor.