Nisyros is a magical gem located in the Aegean. The island is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between Kos and Tilos and has an active volcano which is also the youngest volcano in Greece. Nisyros offers untouched villages, quiet beaches, hot springs and ancient walls of black volcanic stone. Top that off with the fact that there are few tourists so you’ll feel like the entire island and all of its beauty is yours for the taking!
Don’t Miss the Amazing Villages
There are several quaint villages on the island and the largest is Mandraki. It is straight from a photo book with traditional architecture and great views.
The narrow pebbled streets and squares lace around the villages where you can take a stroll and feel as though you have traveled to an ancient time. The homes are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice stone and boast wooden balconies.
Night life on Nisyros is nothing like the hectic pace of party islands in Greece. You will find some quaint local tavernas and some bars to enjoy your lazy summer nights.
You can actually go to the center of the island, walk along the volcano rim and watch the boiling holes. The volcano hasn’t erupted since 1888 and is spectacular.
The Volcanological Museum in Nikia
Located at the edge of the caldera the view is breathtaking and you can learn a thing or two about your surroundings. They have 3D moving images to demonstrate various facts about the volcano, so be sure to check it out.
Paleokastro, the Island’s Acropolis
Dating back to the classical period and ruins of the ancient city, the Paleokastro is constructed from one of the hardest rocks in all the world, basaltic andesite, volcanic rock. This has helped preserve the acropolis throughout the passage of time.
A Monastery Built in a Cave
The Monastery of Panagia Spiliani sits at the top of a hill in northwest Mandraki, while the largest portion of the monastery is built inside a cave. A truly unique experience, the cave is divided into two churches and is definitely worth a visit.
Nisyros’ Thermal Spas
At several points along the coast of Nisyros you will find spouting hot water springs at temperature varying from 30 to 60 degrees celsius. The springs are known for being therapeutic for muscular and skin treatments.
Around 1.5 km east from the port of Mandraki, you will find the thermal spa of Loutra with hot spring waters at 37 degrees celsius.
Get ready For Beautiful Beaches on Nisyros
Due to the low traffic on the island, the beaches of Nisyros are super clean and relaxing.
You can go to a different beach everyday as there are many to choose from. Some favorites are Lefki beach or Gialiskari, Lyés, Páloi, Pachia Ammos, Katsouni, Aghios Savas, Aghia Irini, and Chochlákia.
Must Try Local Cuisine
There are many traditional dishes that you will encounter on Nisyros. Some typical “spitiko” or homemade flavors are pita, chickpea nuggets and kapamas, which is stuffed goat. Of course, as you are on an island, there is always fresh seafood available, too!
You can get to Nisyros from Kos or as part of a tour of other islands of Dodecanese, as well as from Piraeus. For more information see http://www.nisyrosinfo.com