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Walk through the city of Mandraki

A place of wild beauty

Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by the tourism growth. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. The island extends over a surface of 41 km2, its coastline is 28 km long and it has 1,000 inhabitants. It can be reached by ferry from Kos and Rhodes.

According to mythology, this island was created from the Battle of Giants, during the war between Gods and Giants. Poseidon pursued the Giant, Polyvotis up to Kos island, cut a part of it and threw it to his enemy, sinking him for ever in the bottom of the Aegean Sea.


The legendary rock is the modern Nisyros and it is said that the volcano’s explosions are the angry breathing of the defeated Giant. These explosions shaped Nisyros, which is considered to be the youngest volcanic centre in Greece, still active – along with the volcanoes of Milos, Santorini and Methana. During antiquity the island had a prosperous obsidian commerce, extracted by the inhabitants of Nisyros, from the near island, Gyali



Mandraki : Apart from being the capital of the island, Mandraki is also its harbour. It is one of the bigger settlements on Nisyros with many available facilities available to visitors, such as hotels and apartments.

Τake a close look at the squares with the exquisite pebbled floors (most typical of all being the plateia Delfinion [square of Dolphins]) and the streets with white or colored two-storeyed houses with wooden balconies.  The houses are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice-stone.

Walk through the city of Mandraki and pay a visit to:

  • The Castle (1315). On its walls you can see the coats of arms belonging to the Great Magistrates who built the castle. In the Castle you will see Panaghia Spiliani (18th century), a convent which is famous in the surrounding islands, due to its miraculous icon, situated in its temple.
  • The Archaeological Museum among other exhibits hosts findings and photographs from the Palaeochristian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine Nisyros, from the prehistoric settlement in the volcanic islet of Gyali and the necropolis of the ancient city (archaic, classic and Hellenistic period).
  • The square of “Ilikiomeni”, a meeting point of visitors and residents.
  • The Folklore Museum (situated in a mansion of 18th century), where you can see traditional vessels, outfits and local handmade embroideries.
  • Panaghia Potamitissa (1837), a church with a remarkable dome.
  • Chochlakoi beach. This is a unique wild landscape with black volcanic pebbles, rocks and a cave right beneath Panaghia Kastriani.


  • The municipal thermal spas, located in “Therma” or “Loutra”, 1 km away from Mandraki.
  • Palaiokastro in the outskirts of Mandraki. The oldest monument there is from Neolithic era, while from classic architecture one can see the remaining acropolis, called Palaiokastro.
  • The Monastery of Evaggelistria, situated in a beautiful location, 5 km SE.

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