Overview of Nisyros island in Greece. Ttravel Nisyros Greece… Yes, in Nissyros island in Greece. Discover Nisyros island in the Dodecanese in Greece : lovely beach on Nisyros island, nisyros volcano tours, Nisyros churches and monastery etc.
Mandraki village in Nisyros greek island
Where is Nisyros ? Nisyros is a small volcanic island, south of Kos. It’s in the Dodecanese group of islands. It’s 50 km2 and has approximately 1.000 inhabitants. The island has a 3,5 klm of wide caldera. It’s a beautiful island to visit for the lovers of natural environment. The volcanic soil is fertile so the hills and the plains are full of vegetation and the island is green. It is really an oasis of peace and calm.
How to get to Nisyros ? You can reach the island by boat from Pireaus (Athens), from Rhodes and Kos island. During summer time, there are daily trips from Kardamena village in Kos (duration 1h20).
Where to stay in Nissiros ? I have been on the island 10 years ago. We stayed at the lovely Mammis Apartments at Mandraki. Really cool near the sea.
1. Visit Mandraki. Mandraki is the main town and harbour of the island. I loved this town/village for its picturesque two-story houses made of stones and its paved narrow streets. These houses with small wooden balconies are painted in white colour and their frames and windows are colored blue. Visiting Mandraki, I had the feeling that I was in another time : A simple way of live, far from the mass of tourists. A single walk looking at the house and I felt the trace of time . I understood how rich and poetic was the history of this town. The dailylife there is simple. It becomes more genuine after the visitors return at Kos from their daily tour before the sunset. Nighlife is not intense and you will surely have a good time in the little tavernas of the town.
Paleokastro. It’s the Acropolis of the island of Nisyros built in the 5th cent.BC and situated on a hill overlooking Mandraki. The walls of 310 m are made of enormous black volcanic blocks. Eight towers assuring communication (fire torches as signal) are still standing and we can distinguish a gate, defense systems and the observatories.
2. Visit Loutra. Loutra (photo below on the lleft) is on a seaside 2 miles far from Mandraki. The resort’s main two-story stone building had around 50 rooms stone structure and it was built in 1890. The curative baths at Loutraki are still operating : it’s open all day long with a pause between 11.00 am and 17.00 pm. I loved this old building and the thermal showers.
3. Visitez Emporios (photo above on the right) It’s a village around 9km south-east of Mandraki. On the top of the mountain, you can visit the Byzantine Castle of Emporios. In the walls of the castle, there is the church of Taxiarchis Michael (13th cent.after BC).
4. Visit the caldera. There are daily trip from Kos to see the volcano. The latter is active but not erupting (last eruption in 1871). Coaches wait for you to take you to the volcano (entrance fee, a few Euros), where you can walk down to the surface and see steam holes emitting sulfur. It smells a little bit bad but it’s worth seeing this wonderful natural place.
5. Visit Nikia. This is a really nice village high in the mountains of the island. I appreciate walking in the narrow streets of Nikia looking at its whitewashed houses. The view is stunning to one side and the scenery volcano. The contrast between the white colour of the village and the dark colour of the volcano stones is absolutely amazing.
6. Beaches of Nisyros. : The beaches of Nisyros have black or red sand or pebbles, more or less like on the volcanic island of Santorini.
Pali beach. One nice beach with white sand and some pebbles is near Pali (photo below on the left). As you can see, there are trees for shadow. The water is quite shallow. As there is actually no real facilities on this beach, better is to have your own water.
Liès beach (photo above on the right) is also very nice sandy beach. It is located in the east of the island. It has small dark pebbles and some sand. There are no trees on this beach, so bring your beach umbrella… the sun is really hot. At the end of the beach, see if the small tavern is still open.
Katsouni Beach is really interesting I think because it’s unspoilt. It’s in the north-east of the island, Pali and Liès beaches. It’s narrow and 2 km long. It has dark of sand and big stones. No trees there but some nice caves to see.
Pahia Ammos is the only beach you can reach with your car. It’s a sandy dark colour beach with very small pepples. When the road ends, you will find a restaurant, then take a the path up the hill and then down to the beach. Some nudists and free campers use to stay on this beach.
Avlaki beach (photos below) is located in the south of the island and it is a black pebble beach. You can also find hot springs with hot waters there and hot source of water into the sea. Along your way, you will see ruins of ancient churches and the monastery of Ag. Panteleiimonas. It ‘s my favourite beach but I admit it is not easy to reach. Be careful.
Visit as I did Nisyros… You will be enchanted by this island