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Nisyros:  castles in the air

Nisyros has some of the most spectacular scenery and most spectacular treks in the Dodecanese. I first went there in 2001 on a day trip from Tilos.  We only had a few hours on the island but in that time … Continue reading

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Nisyros: scratching the surface

Sandwiched between spending time on Symi I hopped a little further north in the Dodecanese to spend a couple of weeks on Nisyros.  Google it and you will see lots of photos of ‘The Volcano’ and the Paleocastro, both very … Continue reading

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Nisyros:  Rock around the volcano

Signs on roads and footpaths around Nisyros point to ‘The Volcano’ in English and in Greek.   Arrive by boat in the harbour and you are offered coach trips to The Volcano.  A bit misleading that because by the time you … Continue reading

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Nisyros: Pirates of the Aegean and soft rock

Once upon a time the people of the small fishing village of Palloi on Nisyros, so it is said, got fed up with being raided by the Pirates of the Aegean, upped sticks and moved from their harbour-side homes to … Continue reading

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Nisyros: rocking round the rim

People don’t visit Nisyros for the beaches.  There are beaches, very pleasant for a swim after a trek in the mountains, but not of the best.  People visit Nisyros drawn by the allure of ‘The Volcano’, by which they mean … Continue reading

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Nisyros: last glance before moving on

Many people ask which is my favourite island, which one out of the many I like and revisit  I prefer the most.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is Nisyros.  Nisyros is a volcano, far less well known … Continue reading

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Nisyros: probably the most dramatic walk in the Aegean

I kid you not, this walk/trek/hike takes some beating.  But it’s not a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park.  Some short sections are loose scree, route-finding can be difficult, it’s sustained, and it’s wiltingly hot in summer.  However, it’s a … Continue reading

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Nisyros: alien images on the Lava Coast After two weeks of trekking in the mountains around Nisyros every day, much of it in noon heat, I was ready for an easier walk.  I headed south along the west coast of … Continue reading

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Nisyros: Dragon Coast

The paper tablecloth in Irinis restaurant in the old square had a map of the island.  Sipping my wine and waiting the few minutes before my fresh goats cheese, tomato and cucumber starter arrived, I glanced at it idly.  Annotated … Continue reading

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Nisyros: on the lava trail

Nisyros is a volcano, classed as ‘potentially active’, and it is therefore not surprising that its rocks are entirely volcanic in origin.  Perhaps most dramatic are the lavas. After a couple of days re-acclimatising to the heat I put together … Continue reading

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