Turkey – Kalkan – a trip to Kekova and the Sunken City

 

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Kekova is a small island off the coast at Simena (Kalek√∂y), a small village in the Demre district of Turkey’s Antalya Province. The village lies amidst a Lycian necropolis, which is partially sunken underwater and the village is overlooked by a Byzantine castle, built in the Middle Ages to fight pirates who were present throughout this coast.

Tour operators run tours several times a week from Kalkan involving a half hour coach ride to Kas Harbour and from there a boat trip to Kekova. Lunch is usually provided either on the boat or in a restaurant at the village and there are opportunities for swimming. A good day out. Here are some photographs….

Arriving at Kas Harbour
Arriving at Kas Harbour

 

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Approaching Kayekoy
Approaching Kayekoy

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There isn't a huge amount in the village but thats the beauty of the place.There is a pension or two ,a few shops and cafes/restaurants and a few stalls selling tourist goods.
There isn’t a huge amount in the village but thats the beauty of the place.There is a pension or two ,a few shops and cafes/restaurants and a few stalls selling tourist goods.

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If you take the time to walk to the castle at the top of the hill ( many don't in the heat of summer) you can take a tour for a small fee but you will find many ancient tombs such as these scattered all over.
If you take the time to walk to the castle at the top of the hill ( many don’t in the heat of summer) you can take a tour for a small fee but you will find many ancient tombs such as these scattered all over.

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Spot the goat in this one
Spot the goat in this one

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