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Nissyros - Volcanic with stunning views

Nissyros Island Greece

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Nissyros is a volcanic island, part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. As a volcanic island, Nissyros has hot sulphurous springs which are reputed for healing properties for arthritis and rheumatism.

Nissyros according to the mythology, is the stone that sea god Poseidon (Neptune) picked up from Kos island and throw it to Titan Polyvotis.

Apart of all that Nissyros is small volcanic island, yet untouched by tourism but popular with day trippers from Kos. It has very few beaches but its distinct wild beauty offers stunning views and remarkable walks.

  • Getting There

    There is ferry link from Piraeus. Nissyros is also connected with Kos and Rhodes, Kalymnos, Symi, Leros, Tilos, Kastellorizo and Astypalaia.

  • Getting Around

    There is a bus service from the capital Mandraki to Loutra, Aspri Ammos, Pali and to Emporio, Nikia, Volcano. Taxis are available.

Nissyros Beaches

Nissyros map Lies, grey sand beach
Pahia Ammos, reddish sand beach
Hochlaki, black pebble beach
White Beach, white sand

Beaches on the nearby islets
Agios Antonios, excellent white sand
Yiali, white sand

Touring Nissyros Island

Mandraki, Nisyros Island Greece the capital and the port of the island is a very attractive town with picturesque whitewashed houses and two castles. Palaiokastro is the oldest (4th century BC) with Cyclopean wall and ruins from the ancient Acropolis and the Venetian Castle of Styliani which was built in 1315 by the knights of St. John. In the castle is the Late Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Spiliani (built in 1600) with some excellent icons and a library. The views from the monastery are fantastic. In Mandraki there is a Popular Museum with island exhibits.
The nearest beach in the town is Hochlakia with black volcanic pebbles.

a crater rim village with very few inhabitants has some excellent views of the internal crater. In Emborio there is the monastery of Panagia Kyra and the ruins from a byzantine fortress.

another volcanic crater rim village, is beautiful and lively with stunning views over the crater and the sea. The square of the village is paved with hochlakia forming a lovely mosaic. A path from Nikia leads to the crater floor where the sulphur smell is quiet strong. Close to the village, the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos has nice frescoes and icons.

is a pretty fishing village with a picturesque harbour. There is an hotel, rooms to let and tavernas. Not far away from Pali are the best beaches of the island, the grey sand Lies, the reddish Pahia Ammos and the white sand White Beach.

Useful Info

Population: 1,000
Medical Center: 22420 31217
Police: 22420 31201
Port Authority: 22420 31222

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