From the mainland, the island appears to be little more than a hulking mass of rock, barren but for a thin cloak of wiry brush. However, hidden from view on its seaward side, and beyond a mysterious spiked door in a fortified wall, is an L-shaped tunnel that leads to an ancient town.
Once called a “ship of stone” by the popular Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, the island is located in the Aegean Sea off the southeast coast of the Peloponnese – a large, four-fingered peninsula in southern Greece. And though it may appear to be lifeless, this island has actually been continuously inhabited for around 1,500 years.
Formerly part of the mainland, the island was forged by an earthquake in 375 A.D. With a rocky, table-top plateau at its peak, its sheer walls climb to a height of around 330 feet, offering a commanding vantage point. Its width is just under 1,000 feet wide, while its length is around 3,300 feet.