Mandraki

Mandraki

Mandraki today is the island’s capital and port. Built amphitheatrically on the slope shadowed by the castle and Panagia Spiliani, where ancient Nisyros once was. It is the largest village of the island, where you will see the harbour, the Popular Art Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Palaeokastron (Old Castle) (6th - 4th century B.C.) and the Venetian Castle with the church of Panagia Spelianie. Close to Mandraki is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Hohlaki with impressive volcanic black pebbles, which attracts many visitors. You can swim in the small sandy beach of Agios Savvas, very close to the city. Boats go to the near by small island Giali, northwest of Nisyros with stunning beaches. In Giali pumice is excavated. Apart from the island’s most popular square called “Ilikiomeni”, there is also the “Dolphin Square, named after the round, pebbled ground floor constructed by local craftsman Papadelias. The “City Hall Square” is also pebbled, a work by craftsmen from Symi. 1km from Mandraki is the Loutra complex. The sources of sulphurous have therapeutical benefits against many conditions, especially rheumatic and dermatology related.

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