Nisyros Island, Greece: impressions of our September 2017 reconnaissance trip

Nisyros island is located in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea next to Turkey. Together with the isles of Kos and Yali, it represents one of the main active volcanic centra in Aegean Sea, along with Santorini and Milos. One of our VolcanoDiscovery tour guides, Ingrid Smet, made a short reconnaissance trip there at the end of September 2017. Judging from her photographs it seems another perfect destination for one of our Volcano Adventures as it offers all the classic ingredients of active volcanic phenomena, interesting culture, authentic traditions, excellent food, beautiful scenery, nice hiking and relaxing beaches!
View across Mandraki, the island´s main town (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View across Mandraki, the island´s main town (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Nisyrian street cats watching life go by (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Nisyrian street cats watching life go by (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Mourgos, the street´s tomcat, having a nap on his favourite spot (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Mourgos, the street´s tomcat, having a nap on his favourite spot (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Afternoon sunlight in a narrow local alley way in Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Afternoon sunlight in a narrow local alley way in Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Typical Aegean white houses with blue painted fdoors and window shutters (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Typical Aegean white houses with blue painted fdoors and window shutters (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The black pebble beach of Hohlaki, made from perfectly rounded basaltic pebbles (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The black pebble beach of Hohlaki, made from perfectly rounded basaltic pebbles (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View of Mandraki´s sea front (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View of Mandraki´s sea front (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Waves rolling onto the black pebble beach of Hohlaki (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Waves rolling onto the black pebble beach of Hohlaki (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Waves breaking onto a larger block of basaltic lava (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Waves breaking onto a larger block of basaltic lava (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Bougainvillea and an old lady sitting outside in front of her tourist shop (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Bougainvillea and an old lady sitting outside in front of her tourist shop (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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All over the island you find these handmade pebble mosaics, the work of the sadly deceased local artist Dinou (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
All over the island you find these handmade pebble mosaics, the work of the sadly deceased local art... [info]
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All Nisyrian locals take siesta time seriously (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
All Nisyrian locals take siesta time seriously (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Street cats in a narrow street of the historic old part of Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Street cats in a narrow street of the historic old part of Mandraki (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Red hibiscus flowers against a sky blue balcony (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Red hibiscus flowers against a sky blue balcony (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Octopus drying on a line with the monastery of Panagia Spiliani in the background (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Octopus drying on a line with the monastery of Panagia Spiliani in the background (Photo: Ingrid Sme... [info]
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Street cats at a Mandraki fish tavern (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Street cats at a Mandraki fish tavern (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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One of Mandraki´s atmospheric seafront coffee and cocktail bars (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
One of Mandraki´s atmospheric seafront coffee and cocktail bars (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Snoozing together on an old Vespa (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Snoozing together on an old Vespa (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Some world travelers think the sunsets on Nisyros are the best ones they ever saw (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Some world travelers think the sunsets on Nisyros are the best ones they ever saw (Photo: Ingrid Sme... [info]
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Enjoying a coffee at the seafront around sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Enjoying a coffee at the seafront around sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Watching the sun set with a glass of nice Greek wine (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Watching the sun set with a glass of nice Greek wine (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Sunset sky and rolling waves (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sunset sky and rolling waves (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Mandraki´s seafront and Panagia Spiliani monastery after sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Mandraki´s seafront and Panagia Spiliani monastery after sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The main square of Mandraki at night (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The main square of Mandraki at night (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Nightsky in Mandraki with the white dome of an orthodox church and thousands of stars (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Nightsky in Mandraki with the white dome of an orthodox church and thousands of stars (Photo: Ingrid... [info]
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Panoramic view of Stefanos crater, the largest crater within Nisyros´ large caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Panoramic view of Stefanos crater, the largest crater within Nisyros´ large caldera (Photo: Ingrid S... [info]
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The floor of Stefanos crater has areas with actively hot bubbling mud (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The floor of Stefanos crater has areas with actively hot bubbling mud (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View towards the younger lava domes that formed inside the caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View towards the younger lava domes that formed inside the caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Weathering, volcanic gasses and mineralisations created the colourful landscape of the younger lava domes (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Weathering, volcanic gasses and mineralisations created the colourful landscape of the younger lava ... [info]
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Sulfur crystals that formed around an active fumarole vent (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sulfur crystals that formed around an active fumarole vent (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Drops of sulfuric acid condensate from the volcano´s gasses in between the sulfur crystals (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Drops of sulfuric acid condensate from the volcano´s gasses in between the sulfur crystals (Photo: I... [info]
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Crust of yellow and white mineralisations between the younger lava domes and craters (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Crust of yellow and white mineralisations between the younger lava domes and craters (Photo: Ingrid ... [info]
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Sulphur crystals and sulphuric acid drops around and active vent (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sulphur crystals and sulphuric acid drops around and active vent (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Polyvotis crater, the second largest crater within Nisyros´caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Polyvotis crater, the second largest crater within Nisyros´caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Rainfall carved out erosion canyons through the weathered volcanic deposits  (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Rainfall carved out erosion canyons through the weathered volcanic deposits (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Colours and vegetation on the weathered younger lava domes (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Colours and vegetation on the weathered younger lava domes (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The volcano´s active caldera has many oak trees... (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The volcano´s active caldera has many oak trees... (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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...as well as many olive trees (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
...as well as many olive trees (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View from the hike halfway up to Emporio towards the Nisyros caldera floor and Stefanos crater (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View from the hike halfway up to Emporio towards the Nisyros caldera floor and Stefanos crater (Phot... [info]
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Old pathway from the caldera floor up to the village of Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Old pathway from the caldera floor up to the village of Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Typical Aegean flowers that blossom from bulbs every spring and autumn (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Typical Aegean flowers that blossom from bulbs every spring and autumn (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Panoramic view from the village of Emporio (left) over the caldera floor (centre) to the younger lava domes (right) (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Panoramic view from the village of Emporio (left) over the caldera floor (centre) to the younger lav... [info]
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Derelict old houses with sea view in Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Derelict old houses with sea view in Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Traditional old houses in Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Traditional old houses in Emporio (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Church tower of Emporio above direction to the best resaturant of the island! (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Church tower of Emporio above direction to the best resaturant of the island! (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Enjoying an extended lunch at Emporio´s Balcony Taverna (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Enjoying an extended lunch at Emporio´s Balcony Taverna (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Sunset view across Nisyros´s caldera from the monastery of Agios Stavros which is perched on the rim (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sunset view across Nisyros´s caldera from the monastery of Agios Stavros which is perched on the rim... [info]
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A religious ceremony starts of the celebrations at the monastery of Agios Stavros (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
A religious ceremony starts of the celebrations at the monastery of Agios Stavros (Photo: Ingrid Sme... [info]
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Panigiri at the monastery of Agios Stavros - a religious festival with food and dance... (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Panigiri at the monastery of Agios Stavros - a religious festival with food and dance... (Photo: Ing... [info]
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...and life traditional Greek music, of course! (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
...and life traditional Greek music, of course! (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View across the caldera of Nisyros towards Emporio from the village of Nikia (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View across the caldera of Nisyros towards Emporio from the village of Nikia (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Old archways in Nikia village (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Old archways in Nikia village (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Traditional greek houses in Nikia, a village on the caldera rim (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Traditional greek houses in Nikia, a village on the caldera rim (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Nikia´s small central square has been voted as one of the most beautiful in Greece (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Nikia´s small central square has been voted as one of the most beautiful in Greece (Photo: Ingrid Sm... [info]
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Tower and bells of Nikia´s main church (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Tower and bells of Nikia´s main church (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Staircase in offocial Greek colours (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Staircase in offocial Greek colours (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Late afternoon view towards the small fishin village of Pali (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Late afternoon view towards the small fishin village of Pali (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Sand beach at Pali, perfect for an afternoon swim and siesta! (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sand beach at Pali, perfect for an afternoon swim and siesta! (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View from Pali seafront to the unfinished new bath house and spa buildin (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View from Pali seafront to the unfinished new bath house and spa buildin (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Evening sun on the young lava domes (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Evening sun on the young lava domes (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Sunset sky from the Paleo Kastro, a 1000s of year old fortress made of large basaltic rocks (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sunset sky from the Paleo Kastro, a 1000s of year old fortress made of large basaltic rocks (Photo: ... [info]
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Sunset from Paleo Kastro (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Sunset from Paleo Kastro (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Atmosphere of the delicious taverna at Loutra (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Atmosphere of the delicious taverna at Loutra (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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