The Kekova Island region is
one of the most blue and beautiful regions of the South-west Turkey. There
are still many remains of the old cultures who lived in the area.
The region is an excellent
place for swimming, diving and all kinds of water sports.
The best place to start your
visit to region is Ucagiz.
You can reach Ucagiz by car
or by bus. The road to Ucagiz is leaving the mainroad 15 km before Kas,
coming from Demre ( Kale ).
Ucagiz is a small fishing
village with about 400 inhabitants. There are several possibilities to
stay overnight. Onur Pension & Restaurant is one of these possibilities.
The village has a small street with souvenir, carpet, jewelery, etc. shops.
There are ruins of an old fortress
and a stairway going through the sea. The houses are very old;
still same from Lycian time.
There are several Lycian tombs in the village. Some of them are really
special; like the one with a man onto it.
Just next to the Ucagiz, there
is Kalekoy ( ancient
Simena ). There is a
big fortress in the hills of Kalekoy, which is well-preserved since middle-age.
Inside the fortress, there is a little charming theatre.
From the fortress, you have
an excellent view; you can see all the area. Just outside the castle, there
are several well-preserved tombs and a ruins of a temple. The atmosphere
in both villages are really friendly.
So, if you came here already;
you must visit the Sunken
( or underwater ) City. It is an old village on the Kekova Island,
which has sunken into the sea. As you are passing slowly by a boat, you
the houses and stairways just
on the coast of island, and underneath the water.
Just a few kilometres away
from the Sunken City, you can visit the beach of Tersane, which
means "shipyard" in Turkish. It is a lovely blue bay. On the beach, you
can see the ruins of a church and some houses.
About 30 minutes' trip by boat
from Ucagiz, you can arrive to Aperlae, an old Lycian city. There
is still a city-wall with several gates, a church and a chapel. The remains
of the harbour are sunken into to water today; a quay and associated buildings
are lying underneath the water. You can swim in an amazing blue sea, between
the ruins of Aperlae.
Another nice bay, Burc
is also half an hour by boat from Ucagiz. It is a breathtaking blue
bay. You can swim in the green bluish water where is coming partly fresh
water out of an underground well. On the hill there is an old castle, which
gave this name to bay.
Not so far away from Burc,
there is Blue Cave. You can enter the cave by small boats, it is
about 20 meters in length until the small beach inside.
Close to the Blue Cave, you
have to see the Gokkaya Bay. It is an excellent place for swimming
and all water sports. If you like dancing, you can enjoy your night here
at the one of the discotheques. But you can reach here only by boat!!!
The two bigger towns near to Ucagiz are Kas ( about 30 km )and Demre ( about 50 km ).
Kas is the most charming place at the Lycian coast. The town kept its original
atmosphere as a fishing village. But on the other hand, you can enjoy the town with a lot of restaurants, shops, etc. Kas has a little
You can do all kind of watersports here, we specially suggest you scubadiving. In the middle of the
town, still exists an old tomb.
Demre is the new name of ancient Myra, where St.Nicholas resitated. The ruin of his 11th
century basilic is really important monument. Ancient Lycian city Myra is famous with its rock tombs. Close to the rock
caves, there is a well-preserved Roman theatre.
Click here to visit a great site about Lycian civilization.