Sporades - Peristera
Location: East of Alonissos
Area: 16 sq.km.
Highest peak: 259m.
Peristera extends parallel to the east coast of Alonissos and is uninhabited.
The name Peristera got it from its shape, while the name "Xiro" was given to it because it lags far behind Alonissos in terms of vegetation. Its soil is mainly covered by macchia and phrygana, where a few goats graze. Its highest peak reaches 259 meters.
Despite its small size, Peristera has several remarkable beaches, such as the bays of Kokkalias, Kefali, Peristeri, Kounoupas, Livadakia, Kalamakia, Vasiliko, Tarsanades, Xylo and Spasmeni. There were two shepherds' settlements on the island, one at Mnimata in the south and the other at Livadia on the north side.
In the area of Kalamaki there is a half-sunken modern shipwreck of the barge "Alonnisos" that is easy to visit.
But on the west side in the passage with Alonissos in 1985 Dimitris Mavrikis discovered a shipwreck of the classical period, perhaps the most important that has been found.
The shipwreck contains more than four thousand amphorae among other objects, while over time it created a 25m long embankment. width 10m. and 3m. in height. The Athenian cargo ship, which sank to a depth of about 30m. around 420 - 400 BC. carried wine amphorae and was destined for today's Skopelos starting from Mendi in Halkidiki and Peparithos. The ship weighed more than 126 tons, which reveals, contrary to previous beliefs, that the Greeks were extremely capable of shipbuilding, even in such large sizes at that time.
It is open to traffic from August 2020.