A BOAT TRIP TO NISYROS
Over the past 130 years the volcano has been ‘dozing’, although researchers monitor its daily coughs and grumbles closely. Anyone can make the short drive to the site and then spend hours wandering around the 10 hydrothermal craters with their wonderful names: Stefanos, Polyvotis, Alexandros. The volcano has not erupted since 1888 and is spectacular.
For visitors of Kos, Rhodes and other nearby places, the one-day destination is usually this island and it is an excellent one due to its unspoiled charm and secluded location.
It is important to mention that sea and rainwater mix in upper levels of Nisyro’s groundwater are heated by geothermal activity meaning that the island offers relief to those suffering from musculoskeletal and other afflictions. Hot water springs are found at many places on the island, as well as in the sea where the water can reach a scalding 60 degrees Celsius.
For those of a non-beachy disposition, there are many activities to do on the island, such as nature exploration and strolling around Mandraki, the island’s center. Built into the rock and caves inside the old Venetian castle, the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, one of the most important Greek Orthodox monasteries, looms over the capital with its giant ficus tree, its tavernas and its pastry shops. The island boasts also over 40 hiking trails. Most of them end at Lakki that is in the crater of the volcano.