Travel to Nisyros, the energy spectacle of the Aegean
In the SE corner of the Aegean, between Kos, Tilos and Astypalea, is Nisyros, the beautiful and picturesque island of the Dodecanese, with its great historical and cultural tradition. With its wonderful natural landscape, the blue crystal beaches that surround the whole island and the active, to this day, volcano that dominates in the heart of the island inland, Nisyros turns into an open-air geological museum and an earthly paradise for the nature lovers, but also for all those who are looking for a destination full of unexpected surprises and experiences.
The capital and main port of the island is the settlement of Mandraki, which welcomes every visitor. Beautiful and extremely picturesque, Mandraki is full of narrow stone-built alleys and wonderful squares, decorated with pebbled floors, which cause admiration with their refined aesthetics. At the top of the hill, in Mandraki, stands the proud Paleokastro, a sample of the excellent fortress architecture and one of the best preserved fortifications in the Aegean.
Panagia Spiliani, built, literally, in the rocks, offers an enjoyable panorama of Chora, while in Emporio, the mountainous settlement with beautiful houses, the Warm Cave at the entrance, amazes the visitor with its energetic beauty. From Nikia, the port of Emporio, the view to the volcano shocks the senses, as its eerie lunar landscape and the extremely impressive caldera reveal the primordial energy of the earth. The secrets of the volcano are presented at the Volcanological Museum in Nikia, while in Porta, the central square of the settlement, the church dedicated to the Entrances of the Virgin Mary, claims the title of the most beautiful Aegean. Finally, a visit to the dreamy beaches of the island, Pachia Ammos, Avlaki, Gialiskari and Hochlakoi, with the dark or red sandy beach of their volcanic land and their stunning views of the endless Aegean, will complement, ideally, its authentic natural beauty.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in Nisyros offers a wide variety of traditional recipes with pure local ingredients and products. Try dishes such as Boukounies (pork), kapama, (goat stuffed with rice), traditional pittia (chickpea meatballs) and local cheeses (mizithra, sacouliasti and vintage cheese, grilled in red wine). Nisyros is also famous for its sweets, such as donuts, diples, halva, mustard flour, pastries, the famous pastellaria (figs opened with almonds and sesame), and the drinks cinnamon and soumada.
When to visit Nisyros
Visit Nisyros during the summer to enjoy your swim in the wonderful beaches of the island, other activities in nature and to see up close the festivals and local celebrations of the island.
Moving from/to Nisyros
Transportation in Nisyros
The island is connected by ferry to Piraeus either directly or with intermediate stations Rhodes and Kos. Nisyros is connected by ferry to the other islands of the Dodecanese, Ikaria, Fournoi and Samos.
Transportation to Nisyros is available by private or rental car. All settlements are connected by road. Get to know the beauties of Chora and other settlements on foot. There is also a bus that connects all the settlements.