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Kekova Gulet Charter Guide

Kekova, “home of the sun”, is an island an hour from Dalyanagzi (ancient Andriace) by sea, as well as the name of a whole ensemble of picturesque islands with numerous bays and ancient cities. These bays provide natural harbours in all seasons, and yachtsmen particularly enjoy exploring the unspoiled landscapes.

Wherever you look in this area there are historical remains or outstanding natural scenery. From Uçagiz to Kaleköy to Demre… Every bay has a fascinating story.

The city here was founded in the 4th century BC. When you look towards land from the small theatre at the top of Kaleköy hill, you can see ruins from three periods: Lycian, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine ruins. Along the northern shore of Kekova Island, at Apollonia, earthquakes once disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clean water, creating a sunken city.

According to the inscription at the baths, the building was a gift from the people and parliament of Aperlai to the Emperor Titus. Approaching Kaleköy from the sea, a sarcophagus can be seen standing in the water – this spectacular sight has become the symbol of Kaleköy. Opposite Kaleköy is Kekova Island and Tershane (shipyard) Bay on the west of the island is a popular stop for visitors. There are the remains of a basilica right on the shore.

The gulf of Kekova offers a spectacular place to explore the remains of the sunken city and Lycian tombs and climb the ruins of the Kekova castle for a breathtaking view over the bay.

Kalekoy Castle (ancient Simena) offers a bird’s eye view of the bays, inlets, islands, and colorful yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy water.

Kekova has the blue skies and orange sunsets of a Van Gogh painting, along with starry nights, peace and tranquility, playful dolphins, mythological mysteries, and the sparkling sea-all this and more. The maze of islands and bays around this area is unforgettable. It is studded with ancient ruins and one can swim in the large cave.

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