Alonissos, Greece

Old Chora of Alonissos, The Authentic Greek Traditional Village

September 1, 2015
Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

I am extremely fascinated by old towns and villages – the cobblestone streets, the traditional houses, the old architecture and the simple way of living. I am so into old villages that I think I was born in the wrong century as I would definitely love to live in these kinds of places with my horse-drawn carriage and big ball dresses. As luck would have it, I can only visit old traditional villages now and hope that they were able to keep the original and authentic feel to it – such is the case for the Old Chora of Alonissos.

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

As I walked into the cobblestone path of the Old Chora of Alonissos which opens into a square beside the old church, it gave me a feeling that I have been transported back in time. It was 10 in the morning, the restaurants and tavernas have not started their business yet so we were practically by ourselves exploring the small alleys of this unique and very charming old town.

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

While The Greek Mister had his Greek frappe, I together with my sister-in-law wandered the steep, white-washed cobbled streets of Chora with its many lovely residential houses, tavernas, bars and small charming shops. At some point, we got separated as we were both too busy taking photos of every single thing that we lay our eyes on. I definitely wouldn’t mind getting lost in Old Chora. In fact, I think this is the most I’ve walked during this holiday as the alleys in this old town seem to call you to walk on them.

Old Chora, Alonissos Greece

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

Old Chora was the old capital of Alonissos until an earthquake destroyed the entire settlement in 1965. A lot of the buildings have been restored which are now either a cafe, a restaurant or guest houses. There were tavernas and bars which overlooks the endless blue sea, it’s the perfect place if you would like to have an alone time or if you’re looking for some quiet time to inspire your inner artist. It did for me, as I wandered around old chora – I came across a beautiful blue door splashed with colors by the surrounding flowers around it. I tried to paint it when I got back home, I was unsuccessful of course – let it be known to all that I am no artist which only gives a positive thing about Old Chora – it inspires your inner artist even if you’re really not an artist. 🙂

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

The alleys seem to be never ending. I have walked down numerous steep steps and walked right back up some more of them but I feel like I have not even scratched the surface of this old town. The inevitable happened at some point, I got tired. I sat down at one of the chairs of a taverna which was yet to open for the day. I sat there for quite awhile, just admiring the simplicity of Old Chora. It’s funny because more than the architecture and the traditional feel to all of it, it’s the simple things added to it which makes it more exquisite to me. The flowers on the balconies, the sleepy cats and the humming of the birds just to name a few add an aesthetic touch to the village which brings out a more wonderful ambiance and non-pretentious elegance to it. I can live there, seriously.

Old Chora, Alonissos, Greece

I think Old Chora of Alonissos is the most beautiful Greek old town that I’ve seen. It’s absolutely mesmerizing and would be hard for one not to fall in love with it. I later found out that Old Chora’s residents are 60% foreigner (mostly Germans and British) and only 40% Greeks. The foreigners have discovered this place and fell in love with it instantly that they immediately bought their second home here. When I grow up or whenever I have saved enough money (whichever comes first), I just might do the same.

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  • Reply Highlights of 2015 | My Year-End Review - pinay flying high - Doha Blogger | Travel, Expat, Foodpinay flying high – Doha Blogger | Travel, Expat, Food January 4, 2016 at 12:33

    […] We’ve visited 8 old towns this year – all in Greece. There’s nothing like walking along the cobbled stones path winding around the old buildings of an old town and the best I’ve seen for this year was the Old Chora in Alonissos,Greece. […]

  • Reply Packing my Suitcase September 4, 2015 at 12:31

    WOW, this place is stunning!! As you, I also love old towns. Greece rocks, I can’t wait to go there someday!

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 🙂
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  • Reply Bumble Bee Mum September 4, 2015 at 06:29

    Thank you for linking up on Travel Tuesday. Love your gorgeous photos! I have always loved the cobblestone paths on Greek Islands, but this one is pure beauty because it is not teeming with tourists? I mean.. When I tried to take photos of the cobblestone paths at Mykonos and Santorini (sorry, these are the only 2 places, other than Athens, that people in my part of the world know in Greece) , I can’t get a single decent photo because there are always so many people walking on them. And I can totally imagine why foreigners would want a buy a second home in a place like this. I wouldn’t mind doing the same! If I have the money… And guts. (Greece is a long long way from home for me.)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 6, 2015 at 15:53

      Oh yes, I do remember the time I was in SAntorini – it was packed!!! Unless you wake up really early in the morning, you really won’t get a decent photo with not much people around. :p

      I would love to live in Greece though. 🙂

  • Reply Fairlie September 2, 2015 at 05:24

    I can see why foreigners fall in love with it! It is exactly what I imagine when I think of old Greek towns. So picturesque.
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  • Reply Kendra September 1, 2015 at 19:33

    Beautiful! I’ve only been to one Greek place (the island of Samos) and so the white with the purple flowers remind me of that day. I can definitely see why people would want to live there!!

    Love your tagline, by the way. It’s exactly how I feel, too 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 1, 2015 at 21:40

      I haven’t been to Samos but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it! Hopefully, that’ll be our next destination. 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by Kendra. 🙂

  • Reply Lolo September 1, 2015 at 15:28

    This looks like an adorable little town that I must absolutely pin for later!!! 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  • Reply Rhonda Albom September 1, 2015 at 14:56

    Beautiful photos. Like you, I love the cobblestone streets, old houses and creeping vines.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 1, 2015 at 18:19

      There’s just something about cobblestone streets which I am drawn to. I wouldn’t mind living in a place like that. :p

  • Reply image-in-ing (weekly photo linky) September 1, 2015 at 12:26

    Stunning photography. I’ve never had a desire to visit Greece, but lately I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos that I am reconsidering!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/strange-visitors-in-garden.html
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 10, 2015 at 12:02

      Ohh you should visit Greece. You’ll go crazy with your camera there. :p
      Thank you for dropping by.

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 1, 2015 at 12:01

    There’s something so beautiful about the colourful flowers and the blue and white buildings. I’ve never been but I hope to one day…
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 1, 2015 at 18:20

      Any color you add up on the white and blue houses makes the place prettier. 🙂

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