Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Nisyros
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.
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.
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.
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.
Historical and Folklore Museum of Nisyros
Located at the steps leading to Panagia Spiliani Monastery, it is housed in an 18th-century mansion.
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".
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.
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.
Small village with a beautiful volcanic sand beach that is characterized as "family beach" due to its shallow waters and nice tree shadow.
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.
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.
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.
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.