Kas, Kekova, & Kalekoy: Watery Paradise!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
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Trip End Jul 01, 2012


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Sonne Hotel

Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Monday, June 25, 2012

Today, we went on our day-long boat trip (booked through our hotel). After breakfast, we met with our tour group, boarded a shuttle, & drove the half-hour trip to the small village of Ugaciz (declared off-limits to development - so, it's the real deal). When planning, I had originally thought we should stay here instead of Kas - glad I didn't. Although Ugaciz is very charming, it is very much off the beaten path and down a long, windy, narrow road (essentially, the road is one lane wide but is 2-way!). Better to let a local drive us down this way! The agenda for the day:
1. board boat; view Ugaciz shore (ancient Teimiussa, with its necropolis of Lycian tombs)
2. swim in a rocky cove
3. drink cay (tea)
4. swim in a different cove with ruins to explore (Lycian homes; Roman temple; Byzantine church)
5. swim in a different rocky cove & eat lunch (can parasail or ride in a tube tied to a boat after lunch...we passed on that!)
6. view underwater sunken city at Kekova: an ancient city (first inhabited by Lycians, then Romans) here was destroyed by a series of earthquakes (4th century BCE; another in 2nd century BCE). The city literally broke off the mountainsides and fell! Our tour guide explained that this bay where the sunken city is was once dry land. The entire mountainsides crumbled downwards from the earthquakes, and after some time, the sea filled this area with water. Our boat has 2 glass bottom sections (small!) to view the sunken city. You can see Lycian broken clay pottery jars that were once used to carry water and wine and a few remnants of rock walls. There are also a few ruins above ground, including some rock staircases here and there from both Lycian and Roman times. I cannot imagine how terrified those poor people were when the world was coming to an end!
7. Visit pirate cove (yes, pirates used to live in this large cave - the pictures don't do this cave justice. It's huge inside - our boat took us inside the cave!
8. last swim in cove near ruins of Ottoman watchtower. Here, there were underwater freshwater springs that provided swirls of ice cold water!!
9. visit to the cute, remote, under-developed Turkish village of Kalekoy (ancient Simena, a Lycian city). One of the richest families in Turkey lives in a hidden mansion nearby, and they pretty much paid off the village not to develop! So - this village, like Ugaciz, is the real deal, too. This was my favorite place. The only way to access Kalekoy is by boat or by a 45-minute hike from a trail! There is a Lycian necropolis (including a sarcophagus in the water) and the ruins of a Byzantine castle (overlooks the village) that was built in the Middle Ages to protect the city from pirates.

The boat tour was nice. It was also relaxing! Loved the stops in between to cool off with a swim. I hope people are reading this blog! I cannot tell if many are reading this or looking at the pictures.

Tomorrow, we are off to Fethiye - the end of the Lycian Way.
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