Kas, Kekova and Kilims

Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 02, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Our final morning in Cirali – another huge brek, then all packed up and off....the dolmus driver did a good impression of a tour bus driver and headed along the beachfront first, but with no other pickups had to take us alone back to the main road junction. Almost immediately caught a bus going to Kas.
Not a soul was going to give us a seat though – kids spread out on seats an' all. It took the driver to stop at the Olympos bus stand to make people put kids on their knees, as more folk came on. Seats secure for both of us, we settled in, and eventually got seats together after the next stop at Kumluca.

Probably a common observation in my blogs, but the coast road winding between the mountains and the sea supplied us with gorgeous views – not for one child though, the twists and turns had her vomiting down the aisle!! Stopped at Finike and Demre on the way to arriving at Kas just after 2pm. Found a street of pansiyons near to the otogar, and settled on the Hilal Pansiyon, where the guy, Suleyman was again an unassuming kind, and very friendly – gave us a cheap room with fan for 40lira. The place next door had a guy basically challenging us to find better than his for 50lira as was his price – didn’t find him again!!!

Kas is a pretty harbour town hemmed in against the sea by the huge Ak Daglar Mountains. It is albeit stretching increasingly up the hills, but is dotted with colourful cobbled streets and fine souvenir shops. No package tourists here, the place was once a stopover on the hippy trail. Several Lycian Tombs are scattered about the town, and carved into the rocks above.

On the site of ancient Antiphellus, we first visited the open air theatre near our hostel. Still well preserved, looking out to the sea, it was built in the 1st century BC and apparently held some 4000 spectators!

Walked down to the harbour, and around the lovely winding streets, lined with cafes and shops selling carpets, souvenirs, jewellery, etc.

Decided to take an organised day trip - very unusual for us! - out on the water, to visit Kekova Island amongst other places. An early start for us, however the harbour was a busy place with plenty of boats heading out either on the Kekoka Island trip, or sailing across to the little Greek island, Kastellorizo (Meis in Turkish).

Aboard the Dennis boat, we had plenty of swimming stops; a look around the uninhabited Kekova Island, its sunken city (Batikent) swallowed up by rising sea levels; and a visit to Kale (also known as Simena). Here, we climbed the stone stairway to visit the Byzantine fortress, built by the Knights of St John.

Sat awhile having a gorgeous barbecue lunch and salad, and then started our way back along the coast. Even though we were very well sheltered, I still got fairly burnt:-(

Skipped past Ucagiz, spotting numerous Lycian tombs on the rocks and in the water. Not much for it except to snooze as we headed home - a lovely way to spend the day.

Kas is a lovely wee toon, but it was all too soon before we were off again, this time further along the coast to Ovacik/Hisaronu to meet friends Fiona, Audrey and Angela...............

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