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Nisyros is a small volcanic island, located northwest of Rhodes, between the islands of Kos, Tilos and Astypalea. It is part of the Dodecanese archipelago and a place of wild beauty, formed by volcanic eruptions. The whole island is an open-air geological museum. Its center is dominated by the caldera within of which lies one of the most recent, imposing and largest hydrothermal craters in the world, named Stefanos. Walking on its crackling yellow surface, among hot puffs of steam is a lifetime experience. In addition to its fascinating geological features, Nisyros is also home to a number of cultural monuments including archaeological sites, castles, museums, monuments and other reminders of the Byzantine presence on the island, such as basilicas and chapels.
Built into rocks and caves inside the old Venetian castle, lies the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, one of the most important Greek Orthodox monasteries. Apart from the monastery, the island offers untouched quaint villages, lunar sceneries, thermal springs, a volcanic museum, famed traditional festivals and stunning beaches covered with volcanic pebbles and sand. It also features a network of remarkable paths connecting several parts of the island and a charming Chora to explore on foot. Nisyros perfectly combines natural beauty, history and cultural tradition. It is the perfect destination for unforgettable vacations, whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, activities, beaches or just rest. In this guide, you will find all the things you can do in Nisyros.
The whole island is an active volcano, formed around 150.000 years ago. In the middle of the island there is a 3-to-4-kilometer-wide caldera with one of the largest hydrothermal craters in the world.
The ancient name of Nisyros was Porphyris. Greek mythology tells that Poseidon, God of the Sea, created Nisyros during the war between the Olympian Gods and the Titans. Upon reaching the island of Kos, Poseidon tore a chunk off Kos and hurled it against the Titan Polyvotis, trapping him forever beneath the lump of rock.
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HOW TO GET AROUND NISYROS | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Scooter / ATV, Bike
Bus: As Nisyros is a relatively small island, you can explore it by bus.The bus is a convenient mode of transportation and will take you between the quaint villages and the volcano. However, the bus schedule is limited and may not be ideal if you want to explore parts of the island that isn’t included in the route. Rental: If you want to have more freedom, we would suggest renting a car, quad or scooter. This is probably the best way to explore the island at your own pace and visit remote places. If you want to rent a car, quad or scooter, there are a few agencies near the port and in Pali. Make sure you have a valid EU or international driving license and a good map. If you are using google maps for navigation, you would better download them in advance, as there are a couple of places on the island where there is no mobile signal. Taxi: In Nisyros, you will also find a few taxis, but travelling around the island by taxi is much more expensive. Bike: Another option is to rent an e-bike to explore parts of the island, however the island is steep and tends to be hot during the summer months. If you are an experienced cyclist, cycling around is a great experience, but if you are not, cycling may not be a good idea.
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