Kekova and Ucagiz
KekovaKekova plain of thyme in Turkish boasts some of the best Lycian ruins spread along this rocky south coast, including the ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena . Once, an exclusive domain of luxury yachts and boat tours is now open to all due to the road and trail improvements.
It offers easy access to many of the ruins from the village of Ucagiz and further in land the ruins of Apollonia, dependent on Aperlae and then the large ruins of Cyaneae.
UcagizUcagiz (“three mouths”) is 38km from Kas , once a quiet village now has its own excess of carpet, antique and jewellery shops along with many boat tour operators vying for your business. Ucagiz and its surrounding areas have been designated an archaeological site which, fortunately, protects it from mass building construction.
Hotels and Restaurants in UcagizIt is very busy during July and August when rooms could be hard to find, the pansiyons here are basic, can be pricey and the better ones are to found at the west end of the village. The waterside restaurants can also be expensive.
Transportation to UcagizThere is only one dolmus per day from Demre which is really for the use of the villagers and not geared for tourism.
Places to Visit in Kekova and Ucagiz
TeimussaTeimiussa, Simena (Kale), Aperlae can all be reached on foot from the village and as there is no beach boat trips are the main activity here.
Teimiussa, occupied in the 4th century BC has scattered rock tombs with benches cut into them where the deceased families would sit, the hill above has a fort/tower and far below sea level a tiny rock cut pier.
AperlaeAperlae, a 40 minute boat ride southwest of Ucagiz, to the quayside, where you will find two restaurants, it’s an half hour walk to the remote and deserted ruins of the site. The remains of the city walls are easily recognisable. The quay and other related buildings are all underwater and rows of building foundations divided into narrow streets with pavements intact near the shore are visible.
ApolloniaApollonia has an excellent necropolis showing distinctive pillar tombs that prove its antiquity. This can be reached on foot from Bogazcik or the track from Kilincli (Sicak) on the Üçağiz road. It has an unusual two level carved tomb, 6th or 7th century Byzantine church and delightful little theatre. The views from the hill are worth this experience alone.
CyaneaeCyaneae is in the hills above the Yavu village, known today as “city of sarcophagi” because the site has the most Lycian and Roman sarcophagi of any city in the area. The most impressive sarcophagi is completely carved from the rock it stands on with its gothic arched lid cut from the same piece of rock that has two lions heads protruding from each side. There is a subterranean tomb with six columns and an impressive temple tomb with a single free standing column porch. The hilltop acropolis on the south side is so steep that it did not need protection. Some of the buildings inside include a library, baths and two Byzantine churches. As the city had no natural spring close by, vaulted cisterns and reservoirs square cut from living rock are everywhere. West of the summit is a theatre with 23 rows of seats still visible.
Kekova Island and Sunken CityKekova Island with the only beach in the area has the best of the ruins, most of which are submerged and visible below the sea. This “ Sunken City ” known as Batık Sehir has stairs, pavements, walls to houses and a long quay but swimming and snorkelling in the area is strictly prohibited and the best way view it is by a sea kayak tour as the larger boats will not approach the rocky shoreline.
Moonlight Burlesque Club Kemer
Pasa Lara Club
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Damlatas Cave in Alanya
Turkish Food Recipes
Pilaf Rice with Lamb & Aubergine - Red Meat Courses
Pounded Meat - Wheat Dish or Keskek - Red Meat Courses
Beef and Aubergine Moussaka with Cheese - Red Meat Courses
Turkish Ricotta Fritters - Other Desserts
Raisin Walnut Cake - Cakes & Cookies
Tea Time Pastry
Hummus or Humus - Cold Meze