Νίσυρος – Dodecanese
Nissiros is an island of volcanic origin close to Kos. It is very nice as a walking and sightseeing destination, and offers the peace and quiet that some other nearby islands lack. Despite my dire prophecies that the island would become totally ruined by the day trade of shipping “volcano spotters” in from Kos, the island has now “grown up” tourist wise and is extremely pleasant to visit.
The food is generally very good, great in fact. Also be sure to check out the local nonalcoholic almond based drink Soumada. But perhaps even better is the cinnamon flavoured Kanelada.
Selected walks: For walks on Nissiros take a look in Rhodes Karpathos Kos Southern Dodecanese by Dieter Graf (referred to below as /Graf/).
•1 MANDRAKI – VOLCANO – MANDRAKI (my total time 5h03, includes stops for photography, some shorter rests and some sightseeing; +-726m; 2 laps): This is walk 35 in /Graf/. Good boots are required! And a walking stick is recommended.
The initial route suggested by /Graf/ is not the officially waymarked one and is an unnecessary detour of 5-10 mins (at best, if you manage to take the correct turn at EVERY unmarked crossroads like I did, there are many of these, despite what /Graf/ claims). Instead stroll further up the road after the book wants you to go left on a narrow path. At the next crossroads the path to Emborio (big sign) starts in the middle of the fork in the road. Continue to carefully follow every big green arrow painted in the asphalt to shortcut the winding road that you meet every so often.
The return to Mandraki should be done via the dirt road from the south of the crater (via the chapel Stavros). If you want to try to hunt out the goat traces /Graf/ suggests, be my guest.
In the finish of the walk /Graf/ misses out on the very nice kaliderimi/footpath combination that should be easy to spot (again red blobs, start hunting immediately when the Paleokastro comes into view). See also the nice walking map that you can download from the Nisyros page by Beate and Jürgen Franke.
The Paleokastro itself is better left for an evening stroll, so I cut that one out.
•2 MANDRAKI – PROFITIS ILIAS – MANDRAKI (my total time 4h26, includes stops for photography, some shorter rests and some sightseeing; +-698m; 1 lap): This is walk 36 in /Graf/.
Wow, do not miss out on this one! What more can I say?
Well, I could make a cheap joke about the architecture of Dieter Graf being as short lived as some of his writings, but I will stay out of that one. Oops…
• Good starting points: • Mandraki
• How to get there: • By tour boat from Kos • By ferry or katamaran from some islands
This page was last modified at February 24, 2011.