Kas, Kekova, & Kalekoy: Watery Paradise!
Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
12Trip End Jul 01, 2012
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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)
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!!
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.