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Volcanic Nisyros is very different from its eroded limestone neighbours, less dependent on tourism, apart from day-trippers, though the hilltop villages and remnants of thermal spas attest to its past importance. Although the lava eruptions ended thousands of years ago the volcano is still hydrothermally active, so you can, with care, get up close and personal to sulphurous fumaroles, hot springs and recent craters.

Nisyros has

  • an un-missable volcanic crater whose story is told in the large modern museum

  • terraced hillsides, covered with wild flowers and woods, including endemic species

  • some good beaches and a loyal fraternity

  • some ruins including some with a mysterious puzzle to solve

Getting to Nisyros

Nisyros is well served by day boats from Kos, Tilos and Rhodes and is visited by some big ferries as well as the fast ferry between Rhodes and Kalymnos.


Web links for Dodecanese ferries include:

Greek Travel Pages, Dodekanisos Seaways,  Blue Star Ferries


Getting around Nisyros

As one of the smaller islands, it's feasible to rent a motor bike or other vehicle if you prefer. There are a few taxis and buses too between the main population centres.


Day boats are available between beaches and across to nearby islets, notably the mining island of Ghyali.

Staying on Nisyros

The main tourist accommodation centre is near the harbour although there are alternatives in the quieter inland parts of the town as well as in the hill village of Nikia. Some beach camping is well established along the northern shore.

Maps and other information

Terrain map 339, published in 2009, covers the island at 1:20,000. and a digital copy can be bought from Viewranger:  

Orama 328, gives a topographic map at 1:25 000, published in 2012.

There is also a detailed map drawn in 1996 by a German couple Beate & Dr Jürgen Franke

There's a number of interesting publications about the volcano and other aspects of the island listed in our Info sheet "Further reading"

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