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  • Nisiros
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Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Nisyros

The port of Port of Mandraki on the island of Nisyros.
photo: Karelj
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Port of Mandraki, Nisyros

The central port of the island which offers connections to Piraeus as well as to numerous other islands during the whole year.

A picture showing a room of the Archaeological Museum of Nisyros including numerous displays and exhibits.
← W   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Nisyros

Housed in a building donated in 2001 to the Ministry of Culture by Giannidis brothers, describes the historical evolution on the island.
An overview of the Mandraki settlement in Nisyros with the blue of the Aegean in the background.
↙ SW   < 1km

Mandraki, Nisyros

Central village and main port as well as the settlement that hosts the highest population and offers a wide range of choices to the tourists.

A plate with the famous chickpea balls of Nisyros the local "falafel".
photo: Public Domain
↙ SW   < 1km

Foods & Plates of Nisyros

The great quality of local products is the base for some unique dishes like the "chickpea balls" the goat meat in red sauce and the seafood.

A photo of one of the rooms and the exhibits of the Historical and Folklore Museum of Nisyros at Mandraki.
↙ SW   < 1km

Historical and Folklore Museum of Nisyros

Located at the steps leading to Panagia Spiliani Monastery, it is housed in an 18th-century mansion.

A picture showing the monastery of  Panagia Spiliani on the high rock of Mandraki on Nisyros.
photo: Karelj
↙ SW   ≈ 1.1km

Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Nisyros

Built partly in a cave of the Mandraki hill, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary that is literally called "Lady of the Cave".

Some of the remain walls of thick dark volcanic stones of the Palaiokastro (Old-Castle) fortification of Nisyros.
↙ SW   ≈ 1.5km

Palaiokastro (Old-Castle) of Nisyros

Well-preserved fortified acropolis of the ancient town that dates from the 4th century BC and located on the top of the hill above Mandraki.

Τhe port and the promenade of Pali on Nisyros island.
→ E   ≈ 4.1km

Port of Pali, Nisyros

The second-largest port of the island which serves mainly as a marina for fishing boats as well as leisure and sailing boats.

A panoramic picture of the Pali village on the coast of the island of Nisyros.
photo: Karelj
→ E   ≈ 4.1km

Pali, Nisyros

Small village with a beautiful volcanic sand beach that is characterized as "family beach" due to its shallow waters and nice tree shadow.

A panoramic picture showing the Stefanos Crater of Nisyros Volcano.
photo: Simon / CC BY 2.0
↘ SE   ≈ 6.7km

Stefanos Crater of Nisyros Volcano

With a diameter of 300 meters and a depth of 27 meters, it is the biggest hydrothermal crater in the world and one of the 5 Nisyros craters.

A picture of a part of the settlement of Nikia of Nisyros island.
photo: Taxiarchos228
↘ SE   ≈ 7.9km

Nikia, Nisyros

The genuine and traditional village that is built at the inside of the volcanic island offering an amazing view from the edge of the caldera.

A photo in one of the rooms of the Volcanologic Museum in Nikia of Nisyros.
↘ SE   ≈ 7.9km

Nisyros Volcanologic Museum, Nikia

Since 2008 the museum houses collections of exhibits that portray that even the island itself is a result of continuous volcanic activity.

A white house and palm trees at the area of Kardamena on the island of Kos.
↑ N   ≈ 26.1km


Birthplace of the "Father of Medicine" Hippocrates with rich history starting from 3000 BC while today attracts over 1 million visitors per year.

Questions & Answers about Nisyros

Why Visit Nisyros?
  • The youngest Greek active volcano with a world-famous hydrothermal crater.
  • Nature experience on an island without organized beaches & busy beach bars.
  • The viable and reasonable tourist development keeps the charm of past decades.
What is Nisyros, Greece?

The Greek island of Nisyros is located in the middle of the Dodecanese complex. It is essentially a volcanic cone that includes the largest volcanic crater in the Mediterranean. Nisyros today is a very special destination, thanks to its active volcano and the unique geomorphological characteristics. It offers relaxing holidays, characterized by refreshing dips in volcanic beaches and fresh fish in beautiful tavernas, and all this away from the hustle of the tourist islands. The island of Nisyros is connected with the port of Piraeus (the trip lasts 14 hours) and there is access from the nearby islands (Kos, Kalymnos, and Rhodes). The main port and capital of the island are called Mandraki.

How was Nisyros created according to mythology?

According to legend, Nisyros was created at the battle of Giants against the Olympian gods. The god Poseidon (Neptune) cut with his trident a piece of the island of Kos and pursuing the giant Polyvotis threw it against him. The giant was buried under this piece of land and hence believed that the periodic vibrations of the island are none other than the moving chest of the giant while he remains buried under the earth. This explains the fact that Poseidon (Neptune) was the protector of the island in the antiquity, but also the close relationship between Nisyros and Kos that holds till today. The history of Nisyros is consistent with the Dodecanese islands which were united with Greece after the Second World War.