SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
Nisyros (SOUTH AEGEAN)
Nisyros in General
In general: Nisyros is a small island, only 50 km² and a total of 987 citizens, located in the Dodecanese, south-east of Kos. It is the youngest active volcano in Greece, characterising the island’s unique landscape and its exceptional flora. The most impressive location on the island is the crater of the volcano. The main town, is the port of Mandraki which offers a well-developed touristic infrastructure and visitors will find the most important services. The landmark of the town is the Venetian castle with the monastery of Panagia Spiliani sitting on top of a rock at the coast. Visitors will certainly enjoy the traditional village of Nikia with its museum and traditional houses. Another must see is the village of Emporio, which was abandoned in the 1950’s due to an earthquake. Both of these villages sit on top of the crater rim with astonishing views of the volcano and the surrounding islands. Attractions also include natural thermal spas, in Loutra and the iconic beach of Pachia Ammos. All these destination can be visited by trail.
Biking on Nisyros: Nisyros has a big network of trails. All destinations and villages are connected by trails and most of them are ridable by bike. Recently, many trail maintenance activities took place to make the trails safe to ride and to hike. The most iconic ones, start from high on the volcano crater and finish inside the crater itself. Most of the trails are technical, but there are also easier options for less experienced bikers.
Other outdoor activities: In Nisyros you can enjoy hiking and water sports. Especially hiking is very popular on the island and the local initiative ANAEMA shows great commitment in opening and maintaining the historic footpaths of Nisyros. Furthermore, they offer guided hikes and cultural excursions on this stunning island.
By ferry: Nisyros can only be reached by ferry, as it does not have an airport.
There is a public bus that connects Mandraki – Paloi – Nikia – Emporio, with a frequent schedule.
There are taxis and transfer services: Phone: 22420 31474,