"Nisyros Island" Greece Things to Do Tip by nickandchris
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We enjoyed three wonderful days on Nisyros during our Dodecanese island hopping holiday in 1985.
The whole island, all 10km. by 8 km, is a dormant volcano, it's green sides beautifully terraced where the locals grow grain and grapes. Paths meander across the slopes, leading you finally to the volcano. Oak trees grow in abundance, along with olives, figs, lemons and almonds and the overall picture of Nissyros is of a green, fertile island.
Residents probably still outnumber tourists here, living in picturesque old villages and the port, Mandraki.
Mandraki is an island hopper's delight, narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and blue paint everywhere.Pretty as a pictur
The volcano last erupted in 1933 and on the must see trip to it's crater you will see steam escaping through fumeroles. Indeed, it is very hot inside the crater, don't wear shoes that are likely to melt as you walk across the crater floor.
The volcano is the island's main tourist attraction and tourists come on day trips from nearby Kos.
The island's economy is dependant on the pumice and gypsum quarried mainly on the neighbouring island of Yiali. The locals are now becoming more tourist orientated with most people opting to stay in Mandraki. There are rooms, hotels and sufficient places to eat and drink. When we were there in October, there were a few tourists, mainly people who had decided Kos was too busy for them and had escaped to Nissyros for a bit of peace for a few days.
To read of our time spent on Nisyros, please look at my Nisyros page.
Address: Nisyros Island, Greece.
Directions: South eastern, one of the Dodecanese islands. Close to Kos.
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