Together with the famous Santorini, Nisyros remains the only island in Greece that has an active volcano. The attraction is that one can walk down into the crater and view the smoking fumaroles which act as constant reminders of the dormant danger that lies beneath the earth.
With less than 1000 permanent residents, the island of yacht charter Nisyros has 2 main villages, Mandraki in the northwest which is also the place where the ferries dock, and the Nikea village on the volcanic ridge on the south side of the island.
Being part of the Dodecanese, it’s situated in the Aegean Sea which puts it between the islands of Kos and Tilos and according to Greek mythology it was formed when Poseidon cut off a part of Kos and threw it onto the giant Polyvotis to stop him from escaping.
The island is linked by ferry to the ports of Piraeus and Rhodes but also Kos, Tilos and Simy, which are all famous yacht charter destinations. On the island, you’ll find that there distances are short enough to be travelled either by foot or the occasional bus.
The main attractions are the two villages and the volcanic crater with its sulfur floor and its steaming fumaroles. Other attractions are the numerous small churches and deserted monasteries built to celebrate the patron saint of the island, Saint Nikitas. One of these monasteries, the one in Mandraki to be more precise, is built inside the medieval castle built by the Knights Hospitaller who conquered Nisyros back in 1315.
One of the local products of yacht charter Nisyros is soumada, a non-alcoholic almond-flavored drink, served by all of the local tavernas and enjoyed by tourists who come here. For those coming here in the summer, you’ll find that not only foreign tourists increase the number of the local populace, but also a significant number of expats who come “home” for the holidays.
Though it’s a sought destination, yacht charter Nisyros remains somewhat undeveloped for tourism, mainly because the largest part of its income comes from the deposits of pumice stone and perlite.