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Despite being carefully tucked away, this escape is brilliantly located to deliver as much or as little entertainment as you care to dip into.

Beaches | Greece

Address:
Nisyros
Greece

Beaches | Greece

Pali (or Paloi) Beach Nisyros: Pali is a long stretch of sand, sprinkled with dark pebbles. Located only 4 km east of the village, it is popular with locals and tourists but rarely crowded.A long tuft of trees covers the coast which runs almost to the end of the beach. The beach is easily accessible within a short walking distance from the main road. The sand slopes into the water quite smoothly thus it is ideal for children. There are not many facilities available here, so bring along your own towels. Trees provide nice shade. 

Lies Beach Nisyros: A secluded beach with pebbles strewn across the sand and lovely surrounding, Lies is found 13 east of Mandraki, the capital of Nisyros. The beach spreads for more than 1 kilometer and consists of little coves formed by the sea over the years. The beach is totally exposed to the sun, as there is no natural shade and tourist facilities. Make sure to carry your own things for your protection and of course sun screen. For a quick bite, there is a small tavern located at the end of the beach, which serves fresh fish.

Katsouni Beach Nisyros: This beautiful beach is located 9 km east of Mandraki and a couple of km from Pali. Katsouni is the largest beach of Nisyros and consists of sand, pebbles and rocks offering visitors a quiet refuge amidst the beautiful surrounding. In close distance is the cape Katsouni, which is also a nice place for fishing. The cave is another interesting tourist site that is waiting to be explored.There are no tourist facilities here, the beach is completely unspoilt.

Boat Trips | Greece

Address:
Kos & Tilos
Greece

Boat Trips | Greece

Kos - One of the most popular destinations in Greece, Kos island is located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea with both tourist and secluded spots. Travel time 1hr 20 mins

Tilos - A place totally off the beaten track, Tilos island in Dodecanese has totally secluded atmosphere and nice beaches. Almost all activities in Tilos are concentrated in Livadia, the port village, where most studios, taverns and mini-markets are found. In the centre of the island is an old, abandoned village called Mikro Chorio. Travel time 1hr 10 Mins

Castle | Greece

Address:
Mandraki Village
Nisyros
Greece

Castle | Greece

The Castle of the Knights of St. John is in Mandraki, built high on a rock at an altimeter of 150 meters. The castle is a reminder of the Knights of St. John from the island of the Knights of St. John passing from the island, who in 1315 created here also a magnificent castle that stands today monumental and mansion. Inside the castle is the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani dedicated to Kimisi of Theotokou [assumption]  and is the patron saint of the island. The monastery is celebrating on August 15 and is great festival.
 

Eisodion tis Theotokou | Greece

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Nikia is located 14 km SE of  Mandraki

 

Eisodion tis Theotokou | Greece

Porta is the main square of Nikia, where the church of Eisodion tis Theotokou [Presentation of Virgin Mary] is located; this is one of the most gorgeous churches of Greece! The square has an ellipsoid shape and pebbled floor designed by Paschalis Paschalakis, a famous artisan of the 19th century, born in Nisyros.

Emporios Village | Greece

Address:
8km south east of Mandraki

Emporios Village | Greece

Emporios is a small village with a hilly terrain 8km southeast of Mandraki with a few permanent residents. On the top of the hill we find the castle of Emporeios, its foundations dating from the Byzantine era, while the walls belong to the Knights of the order of Rhodes. Inside the castle, on the top of the hill there is the temple of Taxiarchis Michael, built in the late 13th century, with a carved wooden chancel and interesting wall painting compositions. The cave formed at the village’s entrance is a unique natural phenomenon as due its heat it is considered a natural sauna. It is an example of the intense volcanic activity on the island. Emporios village has two of the best restaurants of the island, "Apiria" and "Mpalkoni with a view of the volcano.

Folk Museum | Greece

Address:
Mandraki
Nisyros
Greece

Folk Museum | Greece

The Folklore Museum of Nisyros is located at Mandraki. Housed in a two-storey 18th century manor house donated by Kostas and Eleni Sakellaridis, which has been restored by the municipality. The rooms are configured to include the rooms a traditional Nisyrian House, as is the kitchen, oven, bedroom etc.The Museum exhibited creations of folklore, primarily utilitarian objects used in past Nisyros in their daily occupations like ploughs, sickles, tubs, hand querns, jars and more. At the same time you'll see special featured photographs and various mementos of the past.

Hiking | Nisyros

Address:
Nikia
Greece
 

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Hiking | Nisyros

I kid you not, this walk/trek/hike takes some beating.  But it’s not a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park.  Some short sections are loose scree, route-finding can be difficult, it’s sustained, and it’s wiltingly hot in summer.  However, it’s a very good investment of five or six hours effort. Get off the island bus from Mandraki in the chaotic car park in Nikia, one of the two villages perched on the rim of the caldera and take a little time-out to recover from the stress by a visit to the Volcanological Museum which amply repays the small entrance fee. Then, heading back towards the taverna, drop down broad concrete steps on the right. Turn right at the T-junction and try not to fall over backwards gazing up to the lava pinnacles towering on the right or fall over the low wall looking down to the caldera and the Stephanos Crater over 1000 feet below on the left.

Local Products and Specialities

Local Products and Specialities

The local products of the island include the non-alcoholic almond drink of soumada; the cheeses of krasotyri and trigias and the local honey.

The local specialities of the island include kapamas - a dish made with stuffed goat meat; boukounies - a dish made with pork meat cooked in grease; pithia - a type made with chickpea nuggets; marinated fish, pork cooked with fat; loukoumades (doughnuts); pastelaries - a dish made of figs filled with sesame and almonds; a variety of spoon sweets including orange, cherry tomato and quince; kanelada - a cinnamon refreshment drink; soumada - an almond refreshment drink and koukouzina - an alcoholic drink.

Mandraki | Greece

Address:
Mandraki Village
Nisyros
Greece

Mandraki | Greece

Madraki is the capital and the main port of Nisyros. As one of the biggest settlements of the island, Mandraki offers many facilities and a wide variety of shops. All amenities are moderately priced and easily available in Mandraki while most of the taverns serving delicious meals and lively bars are also found here. Lovely whitewashed houses with the flat roof tops lie both at the foot and the top of the hill. The small square is a nice spot, one of the local's spots. 

Monastery | Greece

Address:
Mandraki 
Nisyros
Greece

Monastery | Greece

The monastery of Panagia Spiliani is built at the top of a hill northwest of Mandraki. Around the monastery retained sections of the Paleokastro wall still exist, whereas the castle is protected by the Castle of the Knights of Rhodes built by the Knights of St. John in the early of 14th century. The biggest part of the monastery is built in a cave. The cave is divided into two churches. The north is dedicated to the Kimisi tis Theotokou [Assumption of Mary] and the south, Agios Charalambos [Saint Charalampos]. 

Nikia | Greece

Address:
13km from Mandraki

Nikia | Greece

Located in a mountainous region, built at 400m altitude and has a 13km distance from Mandraki. Nikia attracts a lot of tourist interest because it is located very close to the volcano, even though it is not active. Its architecture is of great interest, as the cobblestone paths are labyrinthine and you can easily get lost in them. Here you will see Porta (Door), a famous cobblestone square, the Church of the Presentation of Virgin Mary, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian.

Nisyros Volcano | Greece

Address:
Nikia - there are many signs

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Nisyros Volcano | Greece

You may walk in the crater and watch the boiling holes. The most recent explosion took place in 1888, shaping a cylindrical pipe of volcano elements, with a diameter of at least 25 m. Polyvotis, the largest crater of the volcano, has a diameter of 260m and a depth of 30m. There are five younger craters, in the same area, the largest being “Stefanos" with a diameter of 30 m and a depth of 30m. The volcano surrounds a valley (caldera) 2,400m long and 950m wide.

Visit the volcanological museum in Nikia, at the edge of the caldera, offering a unique view. It is well-equipped with samples and pictures of rocks, maps, diagrams, photographs, models of volcanoes, computer simulations and much more. Thanks to the technology you will learn about the volcanic activity of the area through three dimensional moving images.

Paleokastro | Greece

Address:
Mandraki
Nisyros
Greece

Paleokastro | Greece

Paleokastro is a classical period acropolis of the ancient city. It is still in very good condition because of its high quality construction and represents. one of the best fortification works of ancientry, basaltic andesite, one of the hardest rocks in the world. The main gate is composed by well-hewn stone blocks with a perfect fit of the connecting surfaces. The total length of the fortification is very big, as it surrounds the entire land-lubber site of the rocky hill above the south end of Mandraki. The wall and the cliff delimit an area of about 130 acres total perimeter almost 2 km, while the weight of some of the stones that form the wall, reach 3.5 tonnes.
 

Thermal Spring | Nisyros

Address:
Spa Center
85303
LOUTRA

T: +30 22420 31284

Thermal Spring | Nisyros

Mandraki: Some 1.5 km from the capital of the island lie the Loutra Springs acknowledged for the properties of the sodium and sulphur rich waters with a maximum temperature of 48°C. with hydrotherapy and physiotherapy services to bathers. They operate from June to October. Suitable for rheumatism and skin complaints.

Palli: Thermiani Spring lies next to the Chapel Panaghia Thermiani at the northern edge of the village. Thermiani Spring has been known since antiquity. The content of an inscription which was found in the ruins of the main stoa of the Roman Baths. The spring temperature is 33°C but is expected to increase by 8-10°C if water is pumped in.

Nikia: A third well known spring is that in Avlaki Bay. Before the village was abandoned water from the spring was used for bathing therapy. Hot water bubbles up in the sea and the maximum temperature is 59°C

Emborios: Just outside the village is a natural sauna.

Volcano Museum | Greece

Address:
Nikia
Nisyros
Greece

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Volcano Museum | Greece

The Museum is located in Nikia and its privileged position at the top of the caldera offers a panoramic view of the inside of the caldera and the volcano.
In this traditional village there used to be an abandoned school, which was restored by the relevant programme and after appropriate transformations and layout arrangements in the building now hosts the Museum. The museum brings life to the village and contributes to the overall tourism growth on the island providing the base of developing another part of alternative tourism.

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