Nisyros is a small island of the Dodecanese group, a few miles south of Kos.
There are two main villages on the island: Mandraki in the north-west (where the ferries dock) and Nikea, up on the edge of the volcanic rim to the south.
During the summer month the island is frequented daily by hundreds day-trip visitors from Kos that arrive on multiple boats in the morning, visit the crater, spend some time in Mandraki and leave in the afternoon. Afterwards the island returns to its calm and relaxing atmosphere in which some traditional greek life can be enjoyed, therefore it's worth to stay for a night.
By seaNisyros is a popular day-trip destination from Kos island. During the summer month, boats leave from Kos (Kardameina port) at 9:30 to Mandraki and return at 15:30. Prices for a one-way boat-trip range from 5-8.5€.
Nisyros is also one of the stops for ferries that run between Piraeus (on the Greek mainland) and Rhodes, with other nearby stops being at Kos, Tilos and Symi.
Schedules for these can be found online.
Sailings are not to a regular daily schedule and become less frequent in the winter months.
In addition, a fast catamaran service runs to Rhodes on some days (via Tilos).
To travel between them, two there is an occasional bus service, the schedule can be found on http://www.nisyros.gr.
There are also about two taxis on the island. Given that there’s essentially only one road, hitchhiking is also an easy option.
There is a car and motorcycle rental based on the main port. Manos tel 2242031029.
phone: +30 6932732906Mike and his American wife Marilyn give very friendly service and very good tour advice. The office is next to the church in Pali Harbour. Mike is also a mechanic and the go to man for assistance.
Alternatively, it is a half day's hike between the two villages, via the volcanic crater.
The walk-in volcanic crater.A path leads down to the yellow sulphur stained floor where you can walk up to and view the steaming vents. Try to avoid being here when the day-trip visitors come (~11:00). There’s a small café with shaded seats after the entrance.
NikiaA mountain-village at the ridge of the crater. The village is pretty, painted in blue and white. There’s one square with 2 restaurants. There’s a view-point to see down into the crater valley.
There are multiple hiking paths between and Mandraki and the volcanic crater. The one east of the mountain is hard to find for the last part until it hits the paved street leading to the crater.
OpenStreepMap maps have good coverage of the trails. Most hotels on the island also have free maps available for anyone interested in walks around the island.
Nikia and Emborios have just 1-2 restaurants, the tavern in Emborios has a great view of the crater valley.
Most hotels in Mandraki are in the port area.
Miramarephone: +30 22420 31100, +30 22420 31254address: Mandraki
phone: +30 22420 31580address: Mandraki
phone: +30 22420 31344address: MandrakiSimple rooms, very friendly owner. Right next to the port.
Hotel Porfyrisaddress: Mandraki2-star hotel with 38 rooms.
Haritosphone: +30 22420 31322address: Mandraki11 rooms
White Beachphone: +30 22420 31497address: Pali2-star hotel with 47 rooms.
Polyvotisphone: +30-22420-310113-star hotel with 20 rooms.