Sesklia, the small island south of the southern tip of Symi, belongs to the Monastery of Panormiis. In common with many of Symi’s surrounding islands and the sheltered bays around its perimeter, there is archaeological evidence of human presence as far back as the late Neolithic period (4th millennium bc). Sesklia’s ancient settlement was named ‘Teutloussa’. There are small stretches of its ancient wall near the island’s summit. Thucydides mentions in his Peloponnesian War (VIII.42) that it was here that the Athenian fleet under its general, Charminos, retreated and hid after its unexpected defeat at the hands of Spartan ships off Cnidos in 411 bc. The island has some beautiful shoreline for swimming and is sur prisingly green, with a variety of vegetation supporting a vigorous bird life—including partridge which in turn at tracts raptors. Cory’s shearwater also breeds here, and can been seen gliding and fishing in the open waters between here and Karpathos.

Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.

Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.

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