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General
Nisyros rises from the sea with the low, broken, conical profile of a classic volcano. The island’s circular perimeter, deep central crater, rich dark earth, and several hot springs leave no doubt as to its recent geological origins. After Santorini, Nisyros is the most significant volcano in the Aegean. Relatively stable, yet by no means extinct, it lies at the eastern extremity of the Aegean Volcanic Arc which sweeps in a broad crescent through Astypalaia, Santorini, Milos and the islands of the Saronic Gulf, and whose periodic activity is the result of pressure caused by the slow collision of the African and Eurasian tec tonic plates. The bubbling fumaroles, vapour seams, and sulphurous efflorescences of the different craters in the island’s vast central depression are fascinating to expert and amateur visitor alike, and they provide more visible activity than the volcanic islets in the middle of the caldera of Santorini. At any time of year this fantastic land scape is colourful, foreboding and unforgettable.
   From hewn blocks of a dense basaltic rock created by this volcano, the ancient inhabitants of Nisyros constructed daunting walls to protect the acropolis of their city. They are extensive and very well preserved, and they constitute one of the most impressive (and least known) ancient remains in Greece. It is a surprise to find Nisyros so full of interest in proportion to its tiny size. Both its vernacular domestic architecture and its churches of all periods are of considerable variety and beauty. Many of the churches are painted inside: the 14th century wall paintings in the chapel of Aghia Triada below Nikia, and the meticulous 18th century cycle in the remote church at Siones stand out from among many.
   Nisyros is an idiosyncratic island: Mandraki, the is land’s capital, has a character quite different from any where else in the Dodecanese; and the other two villages—the once abandoned settlement of Emboreios and the evocative village of Nikia, both clinging to the rim of the volcano—are quite different again from Mandraki and from one another. The decaying buildings of large 19th century spa hotels along the shore give the island’s north coast a slightly valetudinarian air; but they are evocative memories of a period when visitors to the curative, geothermic springs once came to this obscure island by steamer from all over the eastern Mediterranean.


Nisyros Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.


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Nisyros Island, Greece.

The only service from Nisyros to Kardamaina on Kos to run regularly, weather permitting, throughout the year is the local M/V Aghios Constantinos (dep. Nisyros 7.00 am; dep. Kardamaina 14.30; 60 min.). From May to October, M/V Panaghia Spiliani plies the Kos (Main Port)-Nisyros route, 4-5 times weekly (dep. Nisyros 7.30; dep. Kos 15.00; 90 min.)
   Both have capacity for about two vehicles. GA car ferries call at Nisyros 3 times (summer) or 2 times (winter) weekly on the main Dodecanese route, with stops at nearly all the islands between Rhodes and Patmos, and connections with the same frequency to Piraeus. The Tilos Catamaran, Sea Star, provides fast connections with Tilos and Rhodes 2 times weekly from June to mid October.

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eating

Nisyros Island, Greece.

Kleanthis, by the waterfront in Mandraki, is both welcoming and serves good seafood and many homemade vegetable dishes and salads.
   Hidden and sheltered from the wind is the Taverna Nisyros in a narrow street (Od. Iannides) perpendicular to the shoreline in Mandraki, with unexceptional food but a pleasing atmosphere.
   The panoramic Restaurant Andriotis, just at the entrance to Nikià, provides the most ambitious variety of food on the island, including well-prepared local goat dishes.

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lodging

Nisyros Island, Greece.

Lodging is not plentiful on the island and is mostly in or around Mandraki.
   The Hotel Porphiris (T.22420 31376, fax 31176), open May to end of September, though simple, is the island’s most comfortable and friendly solution providing breakfast and a pleasant sea-water swimming pool.
   For atmosphere and a taste of times gone by, the Thermal Baths at Loutra have basic and inexpensive rooms (no private facilities) from mid June to end of September (T.22420 31011).
   Out of season, there is very little choice: the gloomy Hotel Charitos (T.22420 31322) at least has heating.

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practical info

Nisyros Island, Greece.

85 303 Nisyros: area 41 sq.km; perimeter 30 km; resi dent population 915; maximum altitude 698 m.
Port Authority: T.22420 31222.
Information: general www.nisyros.gr 
travel: Enetikon Travel (T.22420 31180).

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