Nisyros


Nisyros is a small volcanic island in the eastern Aegean. It is part of the archipelago Dodecanese (Δωδεκάνησα), which literally translates as 12 islands. It has an area of only 40 km˛. Approximately 1200 people live here. Most tourists only visit the island to see the volcano. The vast majority of them come on a day trip from the neighbouring island of Kos. Hardly anyone stays and that's for a good reason. Apart from the spectacular volcano the island has little to offer and it pretty much lacks a decent beach. In combination with the extreme heat during summer it certainly explains why it isn't particularly popular with tourists. There of course are some things to discover.

Mandraki – The small town is the capitol of Nisyros and only bigger settlement on the island. Here you also find the port and a few places that rent out rooms. If you consider spending a night you probably should look for accommodation here. Prices are reasonable; one could say average for the Dodecanese. Once the day-trippers have left the town is very quiet. It is pretty much ideal when you look for a chilled out night with nothing else to do but sitting in a restaurant enjoying the fantastic food and famous Greek hospitality. You won't regret it.

The volcano – Situated in the centre of the island is the caldera. The volcano is THE attraction on Nisyros and the very reason most people come here. From the bus stop next to the volcano leads a path into the caldera. It is possible to climb down but be careful and watch your step. The smell is pretty intense, sulphur emerges everywhere. There are many wholes with water. Be particularly careful there. The water is boiling hot. Never leave the path and use extreme caution. There have been bad accidents in the past. No one will look after you so make sure you wear proper boots, don't touch anything and stay on the path. There is no risk involved as long as you follow these rules.

The volcano is the most spectacular natural wonder of all the Dodecanese. It well worth's a visit.

Pali is a small fishing village. Only about 50 people live here. It is 5 km away from Mandraki. There are a few tavernas and places to stay. If you like it quiet this is the place to be.

Nikia is situated in the mountains not to far away from the volcano. It offers excellent views of the volcano. You can actually walk from here. It shouldn't take more than about an hour to reach the volcano. To make it perfect you can also turn around and enjoy the sea view.

Busses on Nisyros: There is only one bus on Nisyros. Coming from Mandraki it stops in Pali and then goes to the volcano. Since there is only road on the island you can't miss it. Day trippers use their own bus. It is part of the package. A day trip from Kos will cost you about 30 Euro.

Ferries to Nisyros: The car ferry from Athens stops twice a week on its way to Kos and Rhodes. During high season there are smaller boats that connect Nisyros with Kos, Rhodes, Kalymnos and Tilos.

 

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