Nisos Nisyros Travel Guide

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Nisos Nisyros Highlights

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     Far from the madding crowds on Kos 

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     vvvvvvvvv hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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     Wonderful day trip destination 

Nisos Nisyros Things to Do

  • Mandraki - the capital of the island

    Your first steps on the island of Nisyros will most likely be in the harbour of Mandraki. Following the path straight on from the harbour, you'll find seaside taverns and cafes, souvenir shops, Artin's photo gallery, a small volcanic beach, further on the Archeological museum of Nisyros, the square with Town hall, the quiet but beautiful Old people...

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  • The Volcano

    In the central part of Nisyros you can find the caldera and the major crater Stafanos. There are 20 craters on the island out of which 10 can be well seen and bear names. The Stefanos crater has a diameter of 330 m and is cca 27 m deep. It´s not difficult to get there as in the summer season as there are little buses organized by local agencies...

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  • Volcano Visit

    As we got off the ferry we headed down the harbour road towards a bus stand to buy tickets for the bus that makes the trip up to the volcano. Be prepared for the sulphurous smells, it stinks!The bus trip allows about 50 mins there - enough time to take a walk down into the volcano (10 mins down) a walk around to see the steam vents and feel the hot...

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  • A Trip To White Beach

    This was the best beach on the island, about 3 miles east of Mandraki. Not quite sand, tiny white stones intermingled with fragments of black.We manged to negotiate a ride on Panyoti's bus as far as the beach and I spent a couple of hours here while Nick left earlier. Good swimming. On my trek back to Mandraki a cement lorry stopped and offered me...

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  • Lunch at Pali

    On our way down from the volcano, Stavros took us for lunch at a taverna he was known in in Pali. We hopped off the bus at the turn-off (the bus had decided not to go into Pali today!!) and walked down to the village.There really wasn't much there in those early days of tourism on the island. Just a few houses and I remember some sort of industry...

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  • Wander Around Mandraki....

    Mandraki, the chief place on Nissyros and the port, is a pretty place, larger than you first think. It's quite strung out and the narrow old streets wind their way unhurriedly into the centre. Along the coast road are a few eateries and drinkeries with pleasant sea views. Further into the town are a couple of squares with the odd taverna. To the...

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  • Volcano Trip

    We actually did this trip twice, once on our own and again with our new friend Stavros, who wanted to take us for a day out.Both times we caught the local bus, an experience in itself. Panyiote the driver was certainly a character. Fuelled on alcohol, he would force the shuddering, shaking bus up to the top of the crater. There he would sit at the...

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  • Emborio

    One day we caught The Bus up to Emborios, about a half hour ride. The village sits on the north edge of the caldera, enjoying good views to the crater and isa collection of old houses, many in poor states of repair. The village seemed to be very much in siesta mode as we wandered it's tiny streets of steps. We actually found an old ricketty taverna...

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  • Mandraki

    Mandraki is the capital of Nisyros, and more than likely the first place that you will come across.As you have probably guessed if you have read some of my other travel pages, I am more interested in wandering around and admiring scenery than visiting museums.Mandraki is your typical white washed buildings against the blue sea type of town, it is...

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  • Volcano

    We arrived into Nisyros from Kos by boat, when we arrived we took one of many buses departing from the harbour area up to the volcano.If you are afraid of heights like me, then take a tea towel or something to put over your head! its a long long way up there!The roads are windy and you just go up what seems like forever, but even I had to peek out...

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  • Monastery of Our lady Spiliani

    Built in 1600, the Monastery is perched in a prominent position on the cliffs above Mandraki. We walked up to the Monastery, which closed about 2:45pm, but the views are worth the walk up anyway. On the way up a lady, who spoke no English, indicated with they keys in her hand that she had locked up. There didn't seem to be any formal opening or...

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  • Volcano

    I guess this is going to be one of those love it or hate it trips. I’m not going to say that everyone will enjoy it as much as we did, but if you’re the sort of person who likes a fun-packed night out then this trip may not appeal to you. The volcano is dormant but not extinct. Its huge crator is called Stefano and is 260 metres in diameter and 30...

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  • Mandraki Town

    This is the Port and capital, but feels more like a village. We spent a couple of hours wandering around the narrow streets and stair ways exploring where the locals live. When you see the size of some of the streets you realise why scooters and scooter based tricycles are so popular on the Island - nothing else will fit down the narrow...

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  • Visit the Volcano

    You have to go almost to the middle of Nisyros to the Lakki plateau, to see the crater of the extinct volcano, Polybates. It is 260 metres in diameter and 30 metres deep with steps leading down to its centre. The reek of sulphur fills the surrounding air, while the scenery could belong to the moon. You can get into the crater but beware of the...

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  • Volcano

    Visiting the volcano was awesome, especially for it was the first volcano I had visited by that time. Some might consider it as a tourist trap for there are quite a lot of people actually but for me it's a must see activitiy nevertheless.

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  • The capital, Mandraki

    This is the view of Mandraki from the monastery of Panaghia Spiliani.(Unfortunately, my camera decided to give a blue tint to many of my photos!)Mandraki is a nice place to stroll around for a day, with plenty of cafes in which to enjoy a cold beer in the sun, and plenty of shade in the maze of narrow streets.Most of the tourist shops stock the...

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  • Volcano

    The whole area around the volcano has a lunar-like landscape, and descending into the crater is a strange experience.The surface of the crater contains numerous holes from which hot steam is emitted, so it is important to be careful with your footing!There is also a strong, and somewhat unpleasant, smell of sulphur in the crater.

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  • Volcano

    Pictured are some of the holes you'll find everywhere on its surface. So, be careful where you step. If you've got little children make sure they don't try to reach into them for there's extremely hot steam (sulfur I think) rising up.

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Nisos Nisyros Restaurants

  • The Best Food and view at the port of...

    The food here is excellent, big plates with delicious products, all well- made by the best olive oil, fresh fish and local meat, well combination with the art of cooking! Here you can find EXCELENT gREEK PLATES AS Mousaka, souvlaki, tzatziki , Greek SALADS e.t.c but also more choices from european couisine, American burgers, WESTERN Omelets, and...

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  • Best and worst restaurant in Nisyros

    Panorama restaurant is located about 100 m before the town square. Very authentic and delicious food. (Doesnt offer muc fish but then Greek cuisine is more than fish.) Good view and nice staff.Recommended: goat, chorta, pasticcio.Fabbrica is located at the entraqnce to the town. Avoid it at any cost. Gave us burnt fish, the blackest fish I've ever...

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  • Lively Locals....

    A simply wonderful experience, this is the oldest established eaterie on Nissyros. Father sits on a high stool at the charcoal grill, tending the meat, mother is in the kitchen and son and daughter-in-law do everything.(It must be different now as father was getting on a bit in those days!!) We used to think father looked like he was playing a...

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Nisos Nisyros Nightlife

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    by vago1 Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    Babel and Mira Mare are the only two nightclubs of the island. They are open till morning and people dance and have fun all night.

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Nisos Nisyros Transportation

  • Arriving and Leaving By Sea

    Obviously the only way to get to Nisyros is by boat. In 1985 the good old Panormitis was THE ferry that chugged back and forth, calling at many of the Dodecanese islands.This is how we arrived from Symi, calling at Tilos enroute. I think there was another ferry, also,that called one evening a week. This would also be the island's supplies boat and...

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  • Just the One....

    Yes, there was just the one bus and I expect still is, on Nissyros. It to-ed and fro-ed up to the villages on the island and on days when the trip boats came in it became a tour bus to the volcano crater. The driver was a real character. On the day we took the bus to Emborio it went via Pali. The driver had to do a three-point turn as someone had...

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Nisos Nisyros Warnings and Dangers

  • The fumes of the crater

    Due to the higher concentration of sulphur fumes inside the Stepanos crater it is not recommended to people with respiratory system difficulties and cardiac patients as well as to pregnant women to descend into the bottom of the crater. You can still enjoy the views of the crater from the caldera and maybe enjoy a cold drink in the volcano bar...

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  • Basic Facilities

    Now I'm not saying that things haven't improved on Nissyros since those halcyon days in the early '80's but these were the facilities at the crater.The bar was a shack serving warm retsina amongst other things. I don't think it even had a fridge!!After a drink you would then need to use the WC. This was a wooden three sided affair with a hole in...

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  • Pools

    When in the volcano, there are plenty of these little sulphur pools, most have tape around them, but be careful some do not!

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Nisos Nisyros Off The Beaten Path

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    by vago1 Written Sep 16, 2003

    You should definetely go to the yali isle. You can go fishing or just swimming to the beutiful beach.

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Nisos Nisyros Favorites

  • Friendly Natives

    The friendliness of the islanders on Nisyros will remain with me forever. Nowhere in Greece have we encountered quite so much filoxenia and we were overwhelmed by their generosity.Whenever we were walking anywhere, a vehicle would stop and offer us a lift. When we were in tavernas drinks miraculously appeared with no bill forthcoming. Snacks were...

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  • Mandraki

    This village is in fact the "capital" of the island!! Quite nice and authentic, not many tourists are coming here. Or the ones we saw came by coach and in group. Apparently some organised trip stop by one of the few restaurants...The main attraaction of the Island is a volcano. This is about 40-50km from Mandraki but you could rent motorcycles to...

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