Island Hopping in the Dodecanese

Tucked in the far reaches of the southeastern Aegean hugging the coastline of Turkey, the Dodecanese is a fascinating archipelago. Rich in history with abundant natural beauty, this magical cluster of islands is linked by a network of ferry services and, in some cases, flights, making it ideal for a spot of island hopping.

Rhodes and Kos are the most popular islands in the archipelago, and both offer plenty of charms away from the tourist trail. But venture further afield and you’ll be richly rewarded. From grand, neoclassical mansions to religious and archaeological sites, superb diving and watersports to myriad spectacular beaches, here are just some of the delights in store when island hopping in the Dodecanese.


Walking in Nisyros

Walking in Nisyros is a hiker’s dream. Walking trails criss-cross the island, passing through fertile meadows studded with beehives against a backdrop of soaring peaks. The countryside is sprinkled with oak and terebinth, providing food for foraging goats and pigs and welcome shade for walkers. In spring, wildflowers carpet the ground.

Blessed with abundant natural beauty and a dramatic volcanic landscape, Nisyros’s burgeoning reputation as a walking destination is well deserved. The shoulder months of April, May, September and October are the ideal time for lacing up your walking shoes and heading out to explore on foot.


5 Reasons to Visit Tilos in Spring

  • May 17, 2019
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Tilos has a unique charm that entices visitors to its shores time after time, yet it’s perhaps as its most magical during spring. With the advent of warmer weather the island becomes a nature lover’s dream, with a tapestry of wild flowers and herbs blanketing the landscape and migratory birds circling above.

Here are our top five reasons to visit Tilos in spring.


9 Reasons to Visit Nisyros in 2019

  • December 14, 2018
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Nisyros has long been one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese … for a day trip. But have you ever considered staying here?

Once the day-trippers have departed, you can really appreciate the charm of this petite island. Wild beaches, quaint villages, stunning views, a crackling volcanic energy and hip, artistic vibe.

Here are nine reasons to visit Nisyros in 2019. 


Inside the Crater: Everything You Need to Know about the Nisyros Volcano

  • December 1, 2018
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As you may have seen, Nissia Holidays is adding Nisyros to its portfolio for the 2019 season. We’re all really excited about the addition of this wonderful little island, and we hope you’re equally excited to explore another of Greece’s small, unspoilt islands.

You may also be wondering about the smoking volcano at the heart of Nisyros. Is it safe? How close can you get? We have all the answers…

Here’s everything you need to know about the Nisyros volcano.


The Ultimate Guide to Nisyros

  • November 20, 2018
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One of the smallest Dodecanese Islands, Nisyros sits between Rhodes and Kos. This tranquil island is largely off the beaten track and has a quaint, retro atmosphere and a wild, natural beauty.


Greek Food and the Specialities of Halki and Tilos

To Greeks, food is a way of life and eating out is a national pastime. Greek food is deliciously simple, yet it’s some of the healthiest and tastiest food you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.


7 Reasons Why Halki Will Steal Your Heart

  • July 31, 2018
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The tiny Dodecanese island of Halki inspires an unprecedented level of devotion amongst visitors, with some Nissia customers returning annually for almost 30 years and others visiting several times each year. So what is it about this rocky scrap of land just off Rhodes that captures people’s hearts so comprehensively? 

Here are seven reasons why Halki will steal your heart. 


Greek Festivals: Festivals in Tilos

  • April 23, 2018
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Greeks love a good festival! Which is lucky because there’s a reason to celebrate almost every day. Most Greeks have the equivalent of two birthdays: one marking the day they were born, and the other held on their name day – the official saint’s day of the saint they’re named after.  In addition, individual islands and villages hold their own celebrations. And then there are the main feast days in the Greek Orthodox calendar.

If you’d like to experience a traditional Greek festival, here are the dates for the main festivals in Tilos along with a summary of each occasion.


Discover the Best Beaches in Tilos

  • March 31, 2018
  • Tilos
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The sparkling azure blue waters of the Aegean Sea lap gently at the shoreline. Pebbles dance in the surf with a soft, rhythmic hush, the sole soundtrack aside from the occasional cry of a seagull gliding gracefully in the wind.

Eagles soar over mountains, while out to sea, dolphins, monk seals and turtles frequent the crystal-clear waters.

Tilos may not boast long stretches of pure white sand like some Greek islands, but its beaches have a wild, natural and tranquil beauty that captivates visitors and entices them back year after year.

With 17 beaches dotted around the island, many of them secluded coves, there’s plenty for beach lovers to explore. Here’s our selection of the best beaches in Tilos.