Top ChoiceVolcano in Nisyros


A visit to the caldera is like stepping into a science fiction movie, cows grazing amid strange coloured rocks in what resembles a lunar landscape.The largest crater is Stefanos, where you can examine the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Mandraki

Archaeological Museum

This showpiece modern museum, on Mandraki’s main pedestrian street, displays a fascinating collection of Hellenistic and Roman pottery and sculpture, as well as earlier artefacts made of obsidian quarried on...

Archaeological Site in Mandraki

Ancient City Wall

Dating from the 4th century BC, the ancient walls above Nisyros, accessed from the path behind the monastery and medieval castle, are one of the Aegean's best surviving fortifications from the Classical period....

Archaeological Site in Mandraki


Best reached by a lovely 20-minute hike through the fields, along a trail that starts southwest of the monastery, this astonishing Mycenaean-era acropolis was founded 3000 years ago. Its restored cyclopean walls...

Museum in Nisyros

Volcanological Museum

Set beside the end of the road, this kid-friendly modern museum does a good job of explaining the history and mythology of the volcano and its impact on the island. There's also an interesting documentary worth a...

Museum in Mandraki

Church Museum

Despite its name, this small museum, just up from the seafront below the monastery, is exclusively ecclesiastic. Besides its icons, vestments, votive offerings and memorabilia of long-deceased monks, it’s crammed...

Monastery in Mandraki

Moni Panagias Spilianis

This hillside medieval monastery, overlooking the sea below the castle, can be reached via a short staircase. Visitors can only access a small anteroom.