Mandraki - capital of Nisyros
Mandraki is the capital town of the island of Nisyros, in the Dodecanese archipelago. Besides than being the capital or main town, Mandraki also is the port of the island and is a crucial spot for the economy and every day life of its inhabitants. This town, as well as the other towns in Nisyros and the island itself offer a variety of interesting attractions, in such a way, that most tourists, despite of their age or preferences, usually have a great time while visiting it.
The town of Mandraki has several ancient attractive constructions. One of these constructions is the Castle of Palaiokastro, which was built between the 6th and 4th centuries BC and is surrounded by ruins from an ancient Acropolis. This castle has Cyclopedian walls and is a must for all those tourists who visit the island and are fond of disciplines such as architecture and history.
Other unique antique construction visitors should make sure of meeting in Mandraki is the Castle of the Knights. The Castle of the Knights, also known as the Castle of Styliani, was built around the year 1315 by St. John's knights and houses the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani.
While walking around and meeting the town of Mandraki, tourists would be able to observe a very charming and attractive environment provided by narrow streets, white houses, and colorful balconies with flowers and plants. The best time of the year to visit this town is during the last weeks of spring and the first weeks of autumn, when the weather is still propitious but there is not a considerable amount of tourists and visitors can meet the normal every day life and activities of this destination.
Visitors who wish to learn more about the history and traditions of Mandraki and Nisyros could do so by visiting the local museum where a variety of objects, books, and other elements related to this destination are hosted. Besides this, it is also important to remark the fact that this town and its surroundings count with very appealing coastlines and beaches which would surely be considered among the main attractions of this destination by all those who are fond of sea landscapes and spots.