Saturday 26 October 2013

Kaş Money

The next day, after being rained out at Pamukkele, we bussed further west to the coastal town of Fethiye and then further inland to the tiny town of Kayaköy. Kayaköy was the site of a 4000-strong town before the population exchange in the 1920's (when two million Turks were forcefully evicted from Turkey because of their Greek ancestry). After the population exchange, the town was simply abandoned and still sits empty and crumbling to this day.

There is also a hiking path over the mountain behind Kayaköy to the beach which was really, really nice and very warm. Just a shame about the pebbles.

Some nice views along the hike as well.

The next stop after Kayaköy was the coastal town of Kaş (Cash). Kaş was a medium size holiday resort town in the Anatalya region. As well as some fantastic beaches, Kaş itself is quite a quaint town full of back alleyways of charming little Turkish restaurants and stores.

Oh, and from my hotel room I could see Greece (well, e Greek island of Kastelorizo anyway).

Half an hour from Kaş is the sunken Roman city of Kekova. Kekova was a functioning city until the second century AD until an earthquake caused the city to sink into the ocean. There isn't an awful lot left, but what there is you can see here.

To see Kekova, you have to go on a gulet (Turkish boat) cruise around the air our and nearby islands. One of the stops was an ancient Lycian castle which afforded some alright views, if you're into that kind of thing.

Oh, and I also crashed a Turkish wedding while I was there.

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