Nikia is often neglected by tourists who come to Nisyros for a day because it is away from the sea. People usually stay at Mandraki by the sea, before or after their visit to the volcano, but Nikia is much more authentic. The narrow streets between the houses are empty and quiet most of the time, and on the picturesque white-blue square you will find the two cafes of the villages and a church. Since the streets are very small, cars are left on the parking lot at the village entrance. There is also the only taverna of Nikia. The permanent residents are about 60 and probably you wont see many of them while walking inside - the place looks abandoned although most houses are neat and in good condition. From the top of Nikia a panoramic view is revealed towards Stefanos, the crater of the volcano, and towards half of the island. On a hill above the parking place you will notice a small white chapel - this is the church of Agia Triada, dating back from 15 century. The church is open for visitors and reachable via many winding steps.

highlights: authentic place with picturesque square and volcano view, village in Nisyros, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

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Relaxing under the shades of kafenio Toy NikolaThe restourant at the village entranceGlimpse of a building with yellow outlinesThe narrow streets and beautiful balconiesHow to park a bike under the shadeMini market Sofia is closed at lunch timeThe first houses on the narrow street towards the centerTwo houses with windows outlined in blueEntrance to a private houseWhite stone houseHigh white stone wall and a green doorNisyros 42 Nikia street signHouse from 1934 lined with yellowish stone tilesThe windowInner village streetNarrow inner village streetSign for a table with panoramic view of the volcanoHouses in traditional white and blueFireplace dug in the rocky slopeBlue door to the yard of a white houseThe village square with a few taverna tablesThe village square is covered by a huge mosaic from volcanic pebblesThe old church at the village centerKafenion H Porta at the squareWhite washed old church with stone bell towerTraditional coffee shop H Porta kafenionTable and fourch chairs at kafenion H PortaTraditional coffee shop Toy Nikola kafenion at the village centerTourist follows the sign for the panoramic view of the volcanoBlue door, white walls and stairs with pebble mosaicsNarrow back streetVolcano view from the volcano view terrace in the villageBiggest crater as seen from the volcano view terraceView of Kateros from NikiaThe ridge leading to Kokinos milos - The red millThe abandoned kokinos milos - the red millGreen bench and narrow pathway between housesSundrying the carpet on a stone wallWarming the carpets on the sunFlower pot on a stone wallClay potThe church bell tower seen from bellowH Porta kafenion tables as seen from the church aboveChurch windowNikiaKafenion Toy NikolaThe square with volcanic pebble mosaicsHaving a break at kefenion Toy NikolaThe square is deserted during the summer noonTables at the squareCross at the church windowOld church and its closed white doorsWhen you enter the church at the squareInside the church at the village squareThe church from insideWhen you are about to leave the bust of Dionisios Minsa will look at youThe bust of Dionisios Minas and the door of the church shopThe light of the day is shy to enter the churchNisyrian menu of the day for hungry touristsThe kids playground is deserted at noonThe narrow street twists a bitProphetis Elias church as seen from the village streetFlower pots and treasures hidden in a side alleyThe reddish window and the flowersThe owl looks after the village entrance day and nightThe clay owlThe parking at the village entrance and the museumThe volcanological museum
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