We spent two nights on Rhodes then caught the big ferry to Nisyros in the late afternoon, arriving around sunset (and it was a beautiful sunset). We stayed in a really old fashioned hotel with a sea water swimming pool.
Nisyros is a small island (we got round it in less than a day on our hired quad bike) with a couple of seaside towns and a couple of villages up in the mountains. Well, I say mountains but, in fact, the island is one large volcano. We stayed in Mandraki where the ferry (and a host of day trips) dock. There are plenty of seafront bars and restaurants but the nicer restaurants are up in the square, away from the sea front. We ate very well (and cheaply) on Nisyros.
There is a very nicely restored castle above Mandraki – a pleasant and not difficult walk. That’s where the picture of the windswept trees was taken. I don’t know why we didn’t take photos of the castle (which is mainly a curtain wall).
The main attraction on the island is the volcano itself (there’s a very interesting volcano museum) and the actual caldera. You can walk right into the caldera and explore it. It bubbles and smokes and smells of sulphur. We were lucky to get the place to ourselves – we arrived as one bus tour was leaving and left as the next bus tour arrived.