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View of whitewashed buildings with blue roofs on Ios in the Greek Islands

17 of the Best Non-Touristy Greek Islands to Visit

The Greek islands are world-famous for their stunning natural beauty, making for quite the desirable holiday destination. But our islands are as diverse as our visitors who come from all around the world. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape from the norm or a nonstop party, you’ll find a Greek island to suit your travel style.

At Nissia Holidays, we love to help visitors uncover the true, authentic Greece beyond the typical tourist spots. Our Greek Island Getaways help you find the best non-touristy destinations to bask in natural beauty, traditional culture, fascinating history, and so much more. 

Whether you visit our favourite quiet Greek islands of Halki, Nisyros, and Tilos or you opt for any of these other non-touristy Greek islands, we hope you thoroughly enjoy your escape to our lovely paradise. 

Without further ado…

Our Favourite Non-Touristy Greek Islands to Visit


greek easter cookie

From the family cookbook: Greek Easter Butter Cookies

It is Easter in Greece and the all the usual preparations have began. Easter, as many other Orthodox holidays in Greece, is a great opportunity for family bonding and get togethers. We’ve shared recipes from our Greek islands in the past and you love them. Remember the popular Halki pasta recipe? So, we’ve decided to share another great recipe for you, this time it’s our favorite Greek Easter butter cookies, also known as “Smyrneika”.


Looking Ahead to 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has touched all of our lives, and our thoughts go out to our treasured guests and trusted partners who have been affected. It feels as though the world has been turned upside down and our lives transformed in unimaginable ways.


How to Satisfy Your Love of Greece During Quarantine

We’re living in unprecedented times. Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has turned our lives and our world upside down. We’re all experiencing a new ‘normal’, isolated in our homes, home-schooling our children, and entertaining our confused-but-delighted pets. It’s unlike anything we’ve experienced before.

And we’re definitely not able to travel.

But that doesn’t mean travel shouldn’t be on your mind. In fact, a little escapism is a good antidote to the barrage of bad news facing us on a daily basis. Although we can’t jet off to warmer climes at the moment, there are still ways to temporarily ease your wanderlust.

We want to help you escape from your four walls and take a trip to one of your favourite countries – from the comfort of your sofa. It’s time to reminisce about why you fell in love with Greece, revisit your treasure trove of memories, and let a little travel nostalgia brighten your day.

Here are a few ideas for how you can satisfy your love of Greece during the coronavirus quarantine.


7 Magical Things to Do in Nisyros

Despite its petite size, the little-known island of Nisyros is bursting with magical experiences. And we’re not just talking about the volcano!

Here’s our guide to seven wonderful things to do in Nisyros.


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.


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
  • Nisyros
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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
  • Nisyros
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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.