A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Profitis Ilias

The walk up to the monastery of Profitis takes about an hour from my house and the uphill bit starts at the Marina cemetery through a gate disguised as an old bed base. The cemetery is busy today, being the big week before Easter and smell of incense wafts across the hillside. The path is still in place particularly near the entrance to the monastery but is not used as a concrete road has been scratched out around the hill from the Panormitis road.

On the way up I pass a disused terrace that is uneaten by the goats and the grass seeds blow gently in the breeze under an old untended fig tree.

Behind the monastery there are some spectacular ancient terraces that must be a thousand years old. The stone work resembles Byzantine ruins elsewhere. While photographing this I disturb the inevitable Little owl who was sitting just a few feet away. They are everywhere!

Not much wildlife here but beyond the monastery the views are stunning.



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