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Hohlaki beach in Mandraki on Nisyros
Hohlaki beach is located below the monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Mandraki. The advantage of Hohlaki is that you will never get sand in your eyes, the disadvantage is that you might get back pain if you lie for a long time on the beach. I have not seen bigger pebbles than this on any other beach in Greece. They are as big as melons.
The beach of Hohlaki in Mandraki on Nisyros.
I have visited Nisyros four times and I have never seen anyone having a bathe here. I have not bathed here either, and the reason is that it is very difficult to get into the water, and even harder to get up from the water.
Follow the path that starts in Mandraki and you will reach this magical beach in just a few minutes. The reward is a sound that makes you go into a trancelike state.
So why should you go here? I'll come back to that.
The monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Mandraki. The path to Hohlaki beach starts on the right in the picture.
Mandraki seen from the path to Hohlaki beach.
The monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Mandraki seen from Hohlaki beach.
Hohlaki beach in one direction.
Hohlaki beach in the other direction.
The answer to the question why you should go here is that the stones are incredibly beautiful and when the waves breaks on shore, a clucking sound occurs which is absolutely amazing. It's like music to the ears. To sit down on the beach and listen to the waves is extremely meditative.
The sound that occurs when the waves breaks on shore is extremely meditative.
The beautiful pebbles at the beach of Hohlaki.
I understand if you think that it is no point in going here if it is not possible to go for a swim. But you must not miss the sunset because it is absolutely adorable. As I said, the stones are very beautiful when the water washes over them, they get a shining blue shimmer, especially when the sun goes down into the sea. Bring something to eat and drink and enjoy the sunset and you will have a memory for life. And you must go here if you like Alfred Hitchcock's movies. One of the cliffs looks almost exactly like the silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock. See picture below.
NOTE! I was recently told that there are now both solid parasols and pallets that are painted and that you can use as sunbirds. And there are ropes to take help from at the entrance and ascent. Everything is free to use and it is very easily done.
The adorable sunset at Hohlaki beach.
Goodbye sun. See you tomorrow.
Alfred Hitchcock at Hohlaki beach.