Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Nisyros. Situated between Kos and Tilos, you can have a quiet escape with a private boat trip. Nisyros was originally formed by volcanic activity and has a unique coastline that spans 28 km long forming an almost round shape. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht, or speedboat of your choice from the main port known as Mandraki or from any other marina in the Dodecanese island chain. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license and enjoy a one-day cruise to the volcanic islet of Giali. You also have the option to rent a motorboat and tour various beaches you desire with ease, Pachia Ammos is highly recommended. If you book a catamaran, you can throw a party or enjoy a sunset cruise, you also have the magnificent option to celebrate a wedding anniversary onboard. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat at a fair price, making sure to include Nisyros in your week-long itinerary.
Nisyros isn’t the standard holiday Greek island being a prominent volcanic island in the Aegean. It attracts tourists interested in exploring the outdoors. Over the past 130 years, the volcano has been dormant, but it’s still an active one, one of the few you can explore in Europe. Many people visit Nysiros Island in Greece because of its ten hydrothermal craters. It offers an otherworldly landscape, making it a top destination on the globe. According to mythology, the Greek god Poseidon cut off a piece of Kos, tossed it with force, and exterminated the giant Polyvotes. In the giant’s attempt to flee, the trident became Nisyros and was called Porphyris at the time. An interesting fact about Nisyros is that it is home to some of the most impressive hiking trails.
There are more than 40 routes to explore. Some pass through Paleokastro, an ancient fort with enormous cyclopean stones. Others will take you among some unique natural landscapes. The port and capital of Nisyros is known as Mandraki, you can visit the ancient acropolis which used to be the island’s capital and is still well-preserved. Moreover, you can take the time to visit the village of Nikia right opposite, filled with pastry shops and offering amazing sea views. The pristine coasts attract you with turquoise waters which you can swim all day long with your favorite catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice.
You can easily rent a boat in Nysiros and start to explore the shoreline. Pachia Ammos is a highly recommended beach for the most adventurous tourists, but there are several others worth visiting with a boat rental trip. Not too far from Port Mandraki, Chochlaki beach brings many guests and has impressively large volcanic pebbles. Galiskari is also a walking distance from the port, this beach has crystal blue waters and a tavern nearby. With a catamaran or motor yacht, you may explore Avlaki, located in the southern part of Nysiros. Here you can swim and relax in complete isolation. The most popular day trip in Nysiros is to the volcanic islet of Giali. Here pumice is mined, and you can see another side of Greece.
This small island played a major role in Greece’s war for independence which is why it is a must-see. Besides this, renting a boat in Nisyros will allow you to go island-hopping to many more Greek islands. In fact, Nysiros is a known stop to sailors who cruise from Kalymnos and Kos. You have the option to rent a sailboat and visit Astypalaia or even Tilos. Nisyros has rich gastronomy, you may try Greek specialties such as Kapamas (stuffed goat meat) and drink Koukouzina ( alcohol made of grapes). You can even reward yourself onboard a catamaran with fine caper, myzithra, and other types of cheese while stopping by breathtaking bays around this volcanic island.
Below you will find some useful information once you hire a boat in Nisyros.
Port Mandraki: The main port of Nisyros, mainly suitable for passenger ships. Lots of boat rentals depart from here for day trips or stop for refueling. Another option is Pali Marina on the east side of the island which has less exposure to winds.
Harbor of Emporios: Situated east of Mandraki and is near the beach of Pachia Ammos. The small marina is situated in a tranquil fishing village and besides having restaurants nearby, you will have easy access to beaches.
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