Right between the islands of Kos and Nisyros, there is a small gem made of pumice stone and obsidian. Gyali islet is found in the middle of the sea, with a mere 21 inhabitants but with a much more breathtaking beauty. It is part of Dodecanese and is a volcanic island, having been shaped after numerous eruptions over the centuries. A declared place of Natural Beauty, the islet is protected and holds a rich archaeological past. On site, there are traces of a Neolithic settlement and an ancient cemetery.
When you look at Gyali from a distance, the first thing you notice is the presence of two hills, each on either side of the island. These hills are connected through a thin slice of land, called an isthmus. If you are wondering about its name, Gyali or else Giali or Yali is the Greek word for Glass. Apart from pumice stone, there is also a substantial amount of obsidian and perlite on the island. These natural sources of glass have resulted in naming the land after its most precious material.
When in vacations on the island of Nisyros, a daily cruise to Gyali is a must. You will have the chance to see this magnificent destination on Earth from up close, as you are diving in the crystalline waters and soaking under the sun. The beach is exceptional and invites you to lay there on the sand for a long long time. And the strawberry trees and pine trees will offer you their generous shade, should you wish to cool yourself in between your dives.
Visit Gyali and admire the fierce power of nature. Time has shaped a true masterpiece and it is your privilege to enjoy it at its finest moment. Do so while vacationing in Nisyros, Kos or any other island of Dodecanese and Greece.