Pali

This wind-buffeted seaside village sits 5km east of Mandraki, just beyond the turn-off to the volcano. Now primarily a yachting marina, it has a handful of tavernas among the sun-beaten buildings on the quay.

The coast road continues another 5km to Lies, Nisyros’ most usable beach. Walking 1km along a precarious track from here brings you to Pahia Ammos, a shadeless expanse of coarse volcanic sand.