A unique sea-route around the shores of Nisyros Island, starting and ending in Mandraki village. Visitors can enjoy the boat trip while exploring the coastal geosites formed by the volcano.
One of the best ways to discover Nisyros and make the most out of its spectacular past, as it is revealed by its unique geoheritage sites, is to perform a sailing go-around of the island. Starting from Mandraki with a direction towards the west, someone can admire impressive volcanic landforms such as the pillow lavas, the Karaviotis lava dome, and the lava flows located at Lefkos cove, Agia Irini, Nikia, Pachia Ammos beach. During the return to Mandraki visitors can admire the Pantelidis Thermal Baths building near Pali and the Public Thermal baths of Mandraki.
- Distance: 27.50 Km
- Time: 60 Min
- Terrain: Sea Route
- Type: Loop
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Cultural Sights: Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Paleokastro
- Geological Sights: Karaviotis Lava Dome, Lava Flows, Pillow Lavas
Evaggelistria – Emborios
Starting from the Monastery of Evaggelistria and ending at Emborios village, this route offers a great view over the Lakki hydrothermal craters and a stunning sight towards Yali and Strongyli islets.
Caldera – Lakki
Ending at the plain of the caldera, this trail travels visitors through the volcanic history of the island, while it provides a memorable walk among the breathing craters.
Diavatis – Nyphios
The whole route, passing by the Nyphios Plateau and Mt. Prophitis Ilias, offers an exceptional view to the impressive rhyodacitic domes and the surrounding islets.
Argos – St. Irini
Starting from Mandraki, visitors can explore the south-western part of the island, where the thermal spring of Pyria and other volcanic landforms can be found.
Hohlaki – Kanoni
Following the path from Mandraki village towards Cape Kanoni, beneath the steep slopes where the Mandraki castle and the monastery of Panagia Spiliani are built, impressive outcrops of pillow lavas can be observed.
Nikia – Fylakio
Starting from the traditional village of Nikia toward Fylakio, visitors can stop by Profitis Ilias church or St. John Theologos monastery, which offers an incredible view towards the village, the caldera and the rhyodacitic domes.
Nikia – Avlaki
Beginning from Nikia, the path leads to Avlaki, where someone can find hot baths, due to a hot spring close to the coast, while impressive layers of black and red scoria on top of lavas can be admired.
Mandraki – Kateros
Visitors following the trail from Mandraki towards Argos, on the west side of the island, can visit the remarkable castle of Mandraki, pass by the church of Panagia Faneromeni and walk towards the Kateros cove.