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Guide to the Best Beaches in Nisyros

Nisyros has a unique, magical energy. People are drawn here to explore the dozing volcano, wander lunar landscapes, and bathe in hot springs.

The island is less well known for its beaches. You won’t find any glamorous beaches here, but the coastline has a wild, untamed quality. Much like the more famous volcanic island of Santorini, the beaches are mostly coarse black or red sand, with black pebbles.

But they have a dramatic quality, especially with the crystal-clear Aegean waters lapping their shores. And unlike Santorini, the beaches of Nisyros are tranquil and relaxing.

Here’s our guide to the best beaches in Nisyros.


Located below the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Hohlaki is the closest beach to Mandraki – and one of the most striking. It’s known for its trademark black pebbles, which contrast with the aquamarine waters.

There’s limited shade and we recommend that you bring water shoes and something padded to lie on. But the gentle hushing of the sea against the pebbles is extremely calming and there are magnificent sunsets. This is one spot where you don’t want to forget your camera!


Located in the north of Nisyros, Pali is the only white-sand beach on the island. This long stretch of sand is around four kilometres from Mandraki and is one of the busiest beaches on the island, though it’s never crowded.

A row of tamarisk trees provide shade, and a handful of tavernas offer food and refreshments. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Pali is especially good for families as kids love the shallow waters.


Lies, or Lyes, beach is a series of beaches, coves, inlets and caves stretching over a kilometre along the eastern coast of Nisyros. There’s little in the way of facilities or shade on this beach – except a single taverna – but it’s a gorgeous stretch of beach if you’re seeking pure relaxation and escapism.

Pack plenty of water, a sun umbrella, and water shoes if you fancy a dip – and don’t forget your sense of adventure!

Pachia Ammos

Often regarded as the most beautiful beach on Nisyros, Pachia Ammos sits to the south of Lies beach on the island’s east coast. This is the only beach on the island you can’t reach by car, but it’s worth every step of the downhill scramble to reach this relaxing spot.

Popular with naturists and free campers, this black-sand beach is completely unspoilt. It’s the perfect spot to get away from it all – though be warned, the volcanic sand can be hot to walk on!


Set on the northeastern tip of Nisyros between the beaches of Pali and Lies, Katsouni is the largest beach on the island, and one of the most serene. A mix of sand and pebbles with a handful of trees for shade, this is a prime contender if you’re seeking a peaceful day by the sea.

There’s a cave to explore and it’s a popular spot for fishermen, but as with many of the beaches in Nisyros, there’s little in the way of facilities.


The southern tip of Nisyros illustrates the island’s dramatic beginnings, with ancient lava formations dropping into the sea. One of these leads to the deserted harbour town of Avlaki, where lava sculptures line the shore and hot springs pour into the sea.

There’s a small pebbly beach here that offers an excellent swimming spot, while the crazy landscape makes for some fascinating photos.

Discover the Best Beaches in Nisyros with Nissia Holidays

While there are only a handful of beaches on Nisyros, most of the daytrippers come for the volcano so the beaches are never crowded. They’re also largely unorganised, so it’s worth taking your own sun umbrella and plenty of water.

If you fancy exploring the best beaches in Nisyros, check out our selection of Nisyros accommodation.

To find out more about the island, see our Ultimate Guide to Nisyros.

For more information or to book your holiday to Nisyros, contact Nissia Holidays on 01455 289421 or email us: info@nissiaholidays.com.


Jo worked on Tilos in 2006, as the last Island Manager for Laskarina. She now runs a travel writing business and travel blog, The Wandering Wordsmith, and spends much of her year travelling. But Greece, especially Tilos, will always hold a special place in her heart.

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