Nisyros is a sculpture island created by lava, the only active volcano in the eastern Aegean in Greece. An island that is part moonscape, part secret Aegean hideaway
The history of Nisyros island is closely linked with the volcanic eruptions that occurred in the ancient past. The first known inhabitants of the island were Karrians but recent evidence has found relics left by people from Kos, Thessaly and Rhodes during the ancient times of Greek History. According to the Greek Mythology, Nisyros was was born by a stone that Poseidon throw to the Giant Polyvoti during the fight of Gods against the Giants. The rock was a piece from the island of Kos and that rock created Nisyros. During the Persian wars Nisyros together with the islands of Kos and Kalymnos where under the rule of the small kingdom of Halicarnassus and her queen Artemissia one of the alliances of Xerxes in his campaign against Greece.
The history of Nissyros island and its growth, because of its proximity, was linked to that of Rhodes. In modern times, the development of Nissyros is due to the investments made by ex-patriots who emigrated after the Second World War. Up until 1948 when the island unified with Greece, like all of the Dodecanese, Nisyros was an Italian colony.
The main attraction of Nissyros island is its volcano the youngest volcano in Greece, which can be reached by public or private transport or, for the fit and active, by foot. Also Mandraki and Nikia are the most picturesque villages in Nisyros island, with traditional architecture and great views.
In Nisyros you will find traditional recipes such as pithia (meatballs made of chickpeas), boukounies (pork cooked with grease), kapama (goat stuffed with rice) skordalia with almonds and salads dominated by capers. You should also try adramythozoumo. The island has a tradition for beverages too, with more widespread being the soumada. You can also drink koukouzina (distilled from grapes or figs and has similar taste with the raki), and also sapsiho and rosemary.