Two week route, suitable for experienced sailors. A combination of overnight passages, rugged scenery, picturesque coves and historical sites. Perfect choice for people who want to build mileage and enjoy sailing on the open sea. According to weather conditions, we drop anchor in:
Situated on the north coast of Cyprus, Girne / Kyrenia, with its 6,000 year long history, unique remains of countless civilizations, miles of natural beaches, calm sea, and mild climate is an idyllic Mediterranean town. Bounded to the north by the sea and to the south by the greenery of the Besparmak (Five-finger) Mountain range, it offers the most magnificent scenery on the island. It’s charming and tiny harbour, full of yachts and fishing boats, is framed by the colossal hulk of its Crusader castle.
Girne is possibly the best holiday area on the island, bringing history to visitors while entertaining them. You can catch the nostalgia by visiting the historic places and travelling around its streets, sensing the smells of jasmine and orange blossom. You can taste its delicious cuisine in the plentiful restaurants and sip your coffee at coffee houses during summer evenings. You can enjoy an environment of people laughing, or let the smell of the sea and the sound of the waves dreamily waft you away to other worlds.
Horseshoe shaped Old Harbour serve tourists in a unique atmosphere. This tiny harbour, full of yachts and fishing boats, is framed by the colossal hulk of its Crusader castle. With the backdrop of the jagged mountains behind and the calm sparkling sea in front, the harbour has an intoxicatingly serene atmosphere. The graceful arc of the harbour side is filled with the tables of restaurants and cafés, ideal for sitting back and simply watching the world go by. The former carob warehouses have been converted into restaurants and shops, giving the harbour a bustling lively feel without feeling rushed or crowded.
Back from the harbour, the narrow medieval town streets wind amongst shops, workshops and historic buildings, such as the Agha Cafer Pasha mosque, is dating from around 1570. It’s a fascinating wander up and down the steps that link the streets of Kyrenia, so take time to stop and admire a craftsman at work or just catch a glimpse a hidden walled garden. You can shop at the Municipal Market for your fruit and vegetables to take back to your North Cyprus villa, and then drop in at the Round Tower Gallery, housed in a former town walls defense tower, for local North Cyprus crafts. You really can’t help but walk on history in Kyrenia; under your feet are over 70 catacomb tombs cut into the limestone, many of which have long since been built over. Kyrenia’s former churches have been put to various uses, such as housing the Icon Museum, whereas others exist as picturesque ruins. The outskirts of Kyrenia have grown immensely in recent years due to new development, but the historic heart still beats with life and interest all year round. This attractive and charming city is also where the heart of nightlife beats in North Cyprus. You can lose yourself in a flood of entertainment and forget about the time.
There are many places of interest to visit. In Girne itself, probably the most spectacular is the castle and shipwreck museum. Just 5 Km outside Girne, a visit to the 14th Century Lusignan Bellapais Abbey is a must, while slightly further afield lies the fairy-tale castle of St. Hilarion. Rumored to be the original inspiration for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", St Hilarion was built during the Crusades, and those intrepid enough to brave the long walk to its battlements will be rewarded with stunning views of Girne and the whole of the island's northern coastline. Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, has had a very eventful history since the first group of settlers came to the island. There has always been fierce competition between a variation of different ancient communities to have power over the island, due to its richness in copper and timber and also its strategic location at the centre of all the important trading routes. Among the many different nations who have fought to have Cyprus are the Egyptians, Greeks, Ottomans, Assyrians, Persians, and the Phoenicians.
Strangely, there is no information about the founders of this city. Some say it was established by the Achaeans coming from the Peloponnese around the 10th Century BC, while others claim it was founded by the Phoenicians around the 9th Century BC. It was, for many centuries, one of the 10 kingdoms of Cyprus. Taken over by its rival Salamis in 312 BC, the port continued to be important throughout Roman times.
Arab raids during the 7th century prompted the citizens to construct walls around the town, but they were largely ineffectual. (castle later expanded by the Lusignans and the Venetians In 1191, the ruler of Cyprus Isaac Comnenus sent his wife and daughter to the castle at Kyrenia for safety against the forces of Richard the Lionheart. However, the castle surrendered when faced with the might of the forces behind Guy de Lusignan. Guy rebuilt the castle, and it was made into a royal palace during the reign of Hugh I. After years in the doldrums of island politics, Kyrenia became a powerful town once more, and the whole defensive system was revised and improved in 1291. The winding streets behind the harbour, that you can walk and shop in today on your Northern Cyprus holiday, date from this prosperous period. By 1300, the town was well defended, with a moat around the castle and the entrance to the port guarded and crossed by a protective chain. In 1373 the Genoese laid siege to Kyrenia by both land and sea, but the town and its castle held out until the Genoese were driven from the island. The new Venetian rulers modernized the defenses to withstand artillery fire, rebuilding the west wall and adding new tower to the wall system. They also remodeled the harbour and moved it, creating the harbour area we can still enjoy today on a holiday in North Cyprus. However, when the Ottoman forces arrived in 1570, the castle at Kyrenia gave in without a fight, perhaps disheartened by the fall of Nicosia.
After the Venetians were defeated in 1571, Lala Mustapha Pasha left no less than 16,000 Ottoman soldiers in Cyprus to colonize the island, and they were joined by a further 22,00 decommissioned soldiers from the mainland. The Ottoman Empire gave these settlers excellent tax breaks, especially if they were skilled craftsmen such as cobblers, weavers, farmers or masons. Many settlers came from the Black Sea area around Trabzon and Sinop.
Kyrenia's population varied according to the influence of drought and plagues, and at one stage around 1814 there were just a handful of families living there. However, by the time of the British administration, Kyrenia became a popular town for British officials to retire to. (It still is – there are several high quality property developments around Kyrenia too.) The castle was used as a prison and a police training school.
For centuries Finike, then named Phoenicus, was a trading port, the main port of Limyra, the capital city of Lycia. Phoenicus was said to have been founded by Phoenicians in the 5th Century BC, and thus named after its founders. The area has been inhabited for much longer than that; archaeologists have found evidence near the town of Elmalı showing that the Teke peninsula has been settled since 3000 BC (although on the coast nothing has been uncovered dating before 2000 BC). Trade along the coast was established first by the Persians, who relinquished Lycia to the armies of Alexander the Great. However, the coast was always vulnerable to forces from Syria, Egypt and Rhodes until it was brought within the empire of the Ancient Romans and the succeeding Byzantines. Even then the Byzantines were threatened by the Arabian armies coming from the Arabian Peninsula. Eventually the area was lost to the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century. These were succeeded by the Ottoman Empire from 1426.
The local economy depends on agriculture, particularly oranges and other citrus fruits. This is supplemented by income from tourism in the summertime, although because of the lucrative orange production and the distance from Antalya Finike has not seen the large-scale tourism boom that has so radically changed the other coastal districts of Antalya. Finike is a quiet district where people buzz around on mopeds going about their daily lives. Indeed many of the visitors that Finike does attract are retired people in search of relaxation. A type of pale limestone is quarried at Limyra, and sold as a decorative building material.
The port of Finike is now a yacht marina, and has a small fishing fleet. The coast is rich in marine life, including sea turtles, and fish, including local specialties red porgy Sparidae and grouper (Epinephelus); other fish found along the coast include leerfish (Carangidae) and the more widespread Mediterranean varieties such as bluefish, sea bream, sea bass, with swordfish, sardines and others found further out to sea. However, the coast suffers from overfishing, and many varieties, including the porgy, are in decline. The beaches of Finike are an important nesting ground for Caretta sea turtles, and the rocky parts of the coast are used by the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal.
The ruins of Limyra are to be seen three miles east of the Finike; they consist of a theatre, tombs, Sarcophagi, bas-reliefs, Greek and Lycian inscriptions, etc. The ancient city of Arycanda, in a narrow valley off the road to Elmalı. The ruins of Trysa with a carved frieze depicting Theseus, on the road to Kaş. The cave of Suluin. Wreck of a Phoenician merchant ship from about 1200 BC in Cape Gelidonya There are doubtless many more places of antiquity that need to be restored.
The bustling port of Göcek. The untouched rural mountain villages above Göcek – with superb walking. The nature reserves, historic ruins and fabulous beaches of the Dalian Delta. All provide a taste of the uniqueness of Turkey.
The journey from Dalian airport to the Gulf of Göcek which takes 20 mins is one of which we will never tire. Coming through the tunnel the road climbs into the mountains before revealing the most breathtaking views. The forest-clad mountain range reaches as far as the eye can see, providing the dramatic backdrop to the plains, coastal towns, villages and beaches that are scattered throughout the region.
This region, since 1988 has been declared a special environmental protection area and as a result has become a third degree natural site. The old name of Göcek is Kalinche and in nearby coves, like in this one, many other old remains can be seen. These remains are a proof of these coves having been used in earlier times. This region is the heart of ancient Lycia and host to a number of historic sites amongst which Kadyanda, Kaunos, Tlos, Pinara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara are particularly noteworthy. Wonderful experiences can be had by simply meandering along the myriad of mountain roads, heading nowhere in particular, just soaking in the astounding scenery and happening across villages where time appears to have stood still. Dramatic mountains, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan ports, rustic villages and the wonderful islands of the gulf all combine to provide a snapshot of the diversity that makes Turkey and in particular the Lycian Coast so special.
The many waterside restaurants, cafés and bars provide the perfect spot to relax and watch the theatre unfold before you. The ambience is relaxed and unspoilt without a hint of mass-market tourism, as Göcek has always catered for the independent visitor and, thankfully, its services are designed with a view to quality not quantity. Göcek’s guests come either from the yachts and boats in the harbour or the handful of boutique hotels and villas in the region. This makes for an eclectic mix of visitors of all nationalities. The streets behind the harbour hold a selection of shops selling all manner of produce. The water frontage and the marina are where the surprisingly wide choice of restaurants and menu types are to be found. A perfect spot to unwind from a busy day spent in exploration of the gulf! Like the famous poet Homer of Izmir says when the sun sends its golden rays behind the mountains and at the moment the color of the waters transform into the color of wine, colorful nights of Göcek start.
Göcek is the gateway to the wonderful unspoilt islands in the Gulf and these are where many of the region’s best beaches are to be found. The small selection of island beaches is accessible by water-taxi from the harbour or long lazy days may be spent exploring the gulf on an Island Cruise. .
Islands named “Yassıca Islands” don’t have individual names. They are so small that no one has named them. They are named as the Yassıca islands as a group. There are no establishments on the islands. The biggest one has a sandy beach and there is a small pool cape off the lagoon. It looks purpose built for children to play in. You can swim here without fear of danger from anything between the islands. The minimum distance is 12m between two islands. If you have half an hour you can swim to and from four islands. You can explore the islands by walking if you wish but don’t forget to take sturdy shoes or boots with you as the ground can be very stony. Despite their small size these islands have a good variety of different plants and foliage. Although the ruins seen on the island belong to a recent date, it is known that a habitation had existed at an earlier date too. The remains of quays and of submerged buildings found in the water west of the Island of Göcek indicate that people had lived here in the past. You must be very careful when you pass between the islands because there are the remains of ruins in the sea. There are the remains of a bridge in the narrowest part of the west side of the island named Seytan Ada; it served as a passage to the island of Haci Halil in the past.
Göcek Adası, Göceğin doğal bir liman olmasındaki en büyük etkendir. Göcek'in tam girişinde bulunduğu için Göcek'i Gün Doğusu, Keşişleme ve Kıble yönünden esen rüzgarlardan büyük bir oranda korur. Bu ada üzerinde irili ufaklı çok sayıda plaj vardır. Yatçılar tarafından en çok ziyaret edilenleri batı yönündeki batı koyu ve doğu yönündeki incirli koy'dur. Adada incirli koy dışında hiç bir ticari alan yoktur. İncirli koy'a yaz aylarında Göcek Belediye Marinasıdan her saat başı dolmuş tekneler çalışmaktadır. Aynı zamanda bu tekneler her saat başında koydan Göcek yönüne haraket etmektedir.
Yassıcaların güney ucunda. Adından da anlaşılacağı üzere ada zeytin ağaçlarıyla kaplı. Özel mülk olan tek ada. Adada Osmanlı dönemine ait bir zeytin sıkma atölyesi de var.
Domuz adasının güneyinde, girişi epeyce dar, çevresi çam ve zeytin ağaçlarıyla kaplı uzunca bir koydur. Koyun uç noktasında karaya çıkanlar, kaya mezarları ve antik kalıntılarla karşılaşacaklardır.
Club Marina'nın yanından geçerek devam edeceğiniz yol sola doğru keskin bir dönüş yapıp, deniz seviyesine indiğinde, çam ağaçlarının denizle iç içe olduğu şirin Ayten Koyu'na vardınız demektir. Bu koyda herhangi bir tesis bulunmamakta. Denizi hafif taşlık olmakla beraber her zaman sıcak ve sakindir.
Körfezdeki adaların en büyüğüdür. Mübadele sonrasında boşaltılmış eski Rum yerleşiminin kalıntıları yer alıyor adada. Adanın adını aldığı bir tersane ve gözetleme kulesinin kalıntısı karşınıza çıkacak ada gezisinde. Denizcilerin yaz ve kış koyları adını verdikleri iki koy, mavi yolculuk ve günübirlik gezi teknelerinin uğrak yeridir. Dar bir boğazdan girdikten sonra karşınıza çıkan kış koyu birçok yatçının aniden çıkan rüzgarlarda korunmak için sığındığı noktalardan bir tanesi.
Prens adası da deniyor. Bir zamanlar adada bol yaban domuzu bulunurmuş. Adanın rüzgara kapalı limanına tekneler rahatlıkla yanaşıyor ve demirliyor.
HAMAM KOYU (Cleopatra)
Mavi yolculuk ve günübirlik tekne turlarının uğramadan geçmediği koy. Mavi yolculuk tekneleri ve yatlar gecelemeyi çok seviyor. Günübirlik tekneler ise genellikle yemek molasını bu koyda veriyor. İskelenin hemen yanı başında, bir bölümü sular altında kalmış Bizans manastırı kalıntılarını göreceksiniz. Tekneden çıkıp kıyı boyunca ve orman içinde keyifli bir yürüyüş yapabilirsiniz. Kıyıda yatlara hizmet veren çardak lokantalar var.
Kendinize güveniyorsanız Kleopatra Hamam Koyu ya da Yavansu’dan tepeye doğru yaklaşık yarım saatlik bir yürüyüşle antik kent Lydae’ye çıkabilirsiniz.
Tersane Adasının kuzeybatısında yer alan Taşyaka koyu, ressam Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu ve arkadaşlarının 1970’li yıllarda ziyaret ederek hayran kaldığı ve bu seyahat esnasında bir kaya üzerine yaptığı balık resmi nedeniyle Bedri Rahmi Koyu diye anılıyor.
Koyda salaş lokantalar ve yatların yanaşması için ahşap iskeleler bulunuyor. Suyu güzel çeşme, zakkumlarla süslenmiş çakıllı bir plaj, Bedri Rahmi’nin kayaya yaptığı balık resmi, sanatçı Azra Erhat’ın çakıl taşlarından uçurtma mozaiği koya ilgiyi artırır. Kuzeyde çeşme tarafındaki kayalıklara oyulmuş kaya mezarları, teknelere hizmet veren restoranın bulunduğu düzlükte buz gibi su kaynağı dikkat çeker. Kaynak etrafı betonla çevrilmiş ve küçük bir havuz elde edilmiş. Sıcak günlerde havuz çekiyor insanı. Düzlükteki patikayı bulup yokuşu tırmananlar yarım saatlik yürüyüş sonunda üç beş haneli Kilisebelen Köyüne ulaşıyor. Dalaman ovasını, Havaalanını, Kocagöl ve Baba adayı içine alan manzara çok güzel.
Korunaklı yapısı ve doğal plajı ile hem denize girmek hemde teknede gecelemek için tercih edilen koylardandır. Uzun çakıllı plajı, arkada içlere doğru giren ağaçlıklı ovası, çam ağaçlarıyla kaplı dağlarla çevrelenmiş olması Sarsala’yı çekici kılar. Teknelerin en çok bağlandığı Küçük Sarsala koyunda bir restoran ve iskelesi bulunur. Bu koydan Taşyaka koyuna doğru yüründüğü taktirde Likya uygarlığından kalma kaya mezarları gezilebilir.
YAVANSU VE GÖBÜN KOYLARI
Tropikal coğrafyalarda rastlanabilen nefes kesen sualtı görüntülerine sahiptir. Her iki koyda bulunan ve tekne yolcularına hizmet veren restaurantlar size bu güzel atmosferde farklı anlar yaşama imkanı verir. Kapı ve Merdivenli koylarının sessiz ve sakin kimliği, yalnızlık arayan tekne yolcuları için yemyeşil çamların arasında kaybolmanızı sağlayacaktır. Kolaylıkla karaya çıkmanızı sağlayan sahil bandından kıyıya çıkıp, kısa yürüyüşlerle çevreye göz atıp tanıma imkanı bulabilirsiniz.
SIRALI BÜK LİMANI
Küçük ve büyük Hurmalı koylarını içerir. İsteyen yat ve tekneler bağlanabilir.
OSMAN AĞA KOYU (Çeşmesi)ZEYTİNLİ ISLAND (Olive Grove Island)
The island located south of Yassıca Island. As you will understand from the island name the island covered with olive trees. This is the only island that has a private owner. There is an olive oil workshop on the island remaining from Ottoman times.
Tersane Island is the biggest island in the gulf of Fethiye. The island was deserted after the population exchange took place, which left many ruins from the Greek occupation. You will notice a watch tower and shipyard as soon as you arrive from which the island was named. There are two bays on the island named by sailors as winter and summer harbors. Many blue voyage yachts or daily tripper boats anchor in these two bays during their voyage. After entering a narrow channel you will be in calm waters. Due to this feature many sailors use this bay as a shelter to escape from unexpected winds.
There are some Byzantine remains on the island of Tersane, formerly called Telandria, nice to visit and to swim between the ruins in the water. The Greek people, who lived here, left the island during the exchange of populations effected after World War 1.
DOMUZ ISLAND (Pork Island)
Some people name this island as Prince Island. Once upon a time there were a lot of wild pigs here; therefore the island was named Domuz (Pork) Island. Many yachts can be found anchoring in protected areas of the island.
This is the bay that no blue voyage yachts or daily tripper boats will pass without anchoring. The sailors like to spend their nights here. Daily tripper boats prefer to serve lunch to their customers in this bay. You will see a monastery next to the pontoon some of which is under water. You can walk in the pine forest along the shore. There are several restaurants with wooden pergolas on the shore serving the yachts.
If you feel up to it you can take a half an hour walk from Hamam Bay to the hill where you will see the ancient city of Lydae. You can also reach here from Yavansu Bay.
Taşyaka Bay located northwest of the Tersane Bay is known for the famous painter Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and his friends who visited during the 1970's and felt such admiration for the beauty of the bay they also called it Bedri Rahmi Bay. There is a drawing on the rock at the entrance of the bay painted by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu this is the reason that the bay called Bedri Rahmi Bay. There are some old restaurants in the bay and also a pontoon for yachts. Points of attraction around the bay are cold fresh water, a pebble beach decorated with oleanders, a fish drawing painted by Bedri Rahmi and a kite mosaic made by artist Azra Erhat. You will also notice rock cut tombs on the north side. There is also a fresh cold spring running into the bay, which is covered by a concrete like pool figure. The pool calls you in the hot days. The people who find the path to climb up the mountain will reach within half an hour the Kilisebelen village. There are several houses in this village and the magnificent views make the walk well worthwhile. You can see Dalaman plain, Dalaman airport, Kocagöl and Baba island.
The bay located south of the Domuz Bay. The entrance of the bay is very narrow but once inside you will find a long bay surrounded by olive and pine trees. At the far end of the bay you will find some rock cut tombs and ruins. The bay is visited by blue voyagers but not by the daily tripper boats. The coves of Large and Small Sarsala, Manastir, Çamli Koy, Merdivenli Koy and the last one in the gulf named Göbun Koyu are all located north. This beautiful gulf had been discovered by ancient people during the Antique Age and they had settled here before we did and enjoyed these beauties. The antique city of Lydae, above the harbor Aga Limanı in the south of the Peninsula of Kapidag, is one of these. You can reach there by walking from the coves of Aga or Manastir.
When you drive towards the Dalaman direction from the highway you will notice the club marina sign on the left. Once you have taken this turn keep going along the narrow twisty road and you will see the club marina on the left hand side. If you continue further along the road you will take a sharp left hand turn that will take you down to sea level and to the bay name Poruklu Bay. Poruklu bay is a lovely place with green pine forest. You will find a stony beach that has warm calm waters throughout the year.
Sarsala Bay is another preferred bay by sailors with a natural bay ideal for swimming or spending the night in. It is an attractive bay with a long stony beach, a wooded valley that runs inland, surrounded by pine Forestry Mountain. There is a restaurant and pontoon at the small Sarsala Bay where many yachts moor. You can explore Lycian ruins if you walk towards Taşyaka Bay.
These bays offer a magnificent underwater view where you can see a tropical underwater vista. There is a restaurant within each bay offering differing tastes and atmospheres. The quiet and calm nature of the bays makes them an ideal place for the sailors who are looking for a safe anchorage. You can relax and enjoy the beauty of these bays under the pine forest. Should you wish to go ashore, take a walk and explore the bay this can easily be done.
SIRALI BÜK HARBOUR
It includes small and big Hurmalı (date palm) bays. This is another sheltered area for the sailors.
OSMAN AĞA BAY
This is a bay that many local people prefer to visit at weekends to rest with their families and have a picnic. There is a spring in the bay, which is available all year round. Wild animals also visit this bay when it is quiet to drink water and also to eat the food that has been left from the picnics.
AT BÜKÜ BAY
There are a lot of reeds in the bay. One side of the bay is a bit muddy therefore after sunset the mosquitoes invade the bay. The calm water within the bay makes it a good choice for those families with children.
Günlüklü Bay has a lot of Günlük trees so naturally this is how the bay was named. This is another bay preferred by many local people who will visit during the weekend. This bay also has a spring, which can be reached by road from the Göcek and Dalaman direction. Inlets can be found around the bay for those who don't like crowded places and are looking for peace and quiet.
BOYNUZ BÜKÜ BAY
There is a wooden pontoon in the bay for yachts that wish to moor. This bay is also covered with Günlük trees and if you take a walk around to explore the area you will find many types of plants, birds and wildlife.
KİLLE BÜKÜ BAY
This is another bay with a lovely beach and pine forest where you could easily get lost if you don't take note of the direction you are walking. Also with the bay you will find church ruins and decorated stones.
South of the Lake Kargin, there is another antique city which was named Lissa, but there isn't much left of this city now. One of the ancient writers, Pliny, had written about this city where there is an acropolis with a wall made of regular stones in it and also an epitaph on the southern face of this wall. The Lycian rock tombs of the antique city of Crya above the of Bedri Rahmi bay, formerly called Taçyaka, can be seen in the cove. The Lycians who lived in a wide region extending from the river of Dalaman to Phaselis near Antalya, had carved in the rocks the models of their deceased people's houses, as a sign of respect to them. We see these tombs in Fethiye, Tlos, Pinara, Xanthos, Sura, Kekova, Myra, Kas, Limyra and other Lycian cities. We also come across a great number of sarcophagi, called the Lycian-type sarcophagi, in these cities and other Lycian cities. Some ruins remains are also seen on the islands and in the bays.
One of the most beautiful ports on the Blue Voyage is Kas and one may linger on here for a long time. The town is located on the site of ancient Antiphellos, whose well preserved theater may be visited today. Ancient sarcophagi lie scattered about and there are numerous Lycian rock tombs in the cliffs.
Although the Teke peninsula has been occupied since the Stone Age it seems Kas was founded by the Lycians, and its name in Lycian language was Habesos or Habesa. It was a member of the Lycian League, and its importance during this time is confirmed by the presence of one of the richest Lycian necropolis. The ancient Greeks later gave it the name of Antiphéllos or Antiphellos, since it was the harbor in front of the city of Phellos. During the Roman period, Antiphellos was famous for exporting sponges and timber. Pliny the Elder refers to the town in the fifth book of his Naturalis Historia. After 395 the town became part of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) and during the early middle Ages was a bishop's see - and as Antiphellus is still a titular see. The town suffered because of Arab incursions, and then was annexed (under the name of Andifli) to the Anatolian Sultanate of Rum, led by the Seljuk’s. After the demise of the Seljuk’s, it came under the Ottomans...
This beautiful natural harbour town is framed by the dramatic Taurus Mountains and is located a 25-minute drive from Kalkan. The winding cobbled streets, colorful local shops and local market place all combine to provide a real Turkish flavor. Naturally, the harbour is the focal point of the town, with local çay (tea) gardens providing delightful shady spots in which to relax and soak up the atmosphere prior to exploring the labyrinth of narrow streets that meander through the old town.
However, Kaş offers more than just a beach holiday. Steeped in culture, the region affords many opportunities for exploration of numerous cultural sites together with the surrounding dramatic mountain ranges. In addition, sporting enthusiasts are well catered for as Kaş is a centre for outdoor sports and provides a range of activities including paragliding, trekking, canyoning, sea kayaking and scuba diving.
There are well known ancient cities like Apollonia, Isinda, and Istlada around Kas as well as many ruins of unknown name. These ancient settlements of various sizes. For example, a low hill nears the village of Fingerboard, a small settlement located on the Tysse. Archaeological finds have proven Habesos name is city's oldest name. City was known by Antiphellos at ancient times. It is located at the intersection of roads between Caria and Lycia Antiphellos, but also a commercial port.
It came under the sovereignty of the kingdom during the Anatolia campaign of The Macedonian King Alexander the Great. At a young age after the death of Alexander the area changed hands between the Seleucids and the Ptolemy’s. The ancient city has gained importance during the Roman period and became an episcopal center during the Byzantine period. During this period, it has suffered from Arab invasions. Then it has joined to Anatolian Seljuk and taken the name of Andifli. After collapse of Seljuk Empire, Tekeoğulları principality uses the opportunity and took the city. Ottoman Empire had taken over the district at time of Yildirim Beyazit.
In ancient times, Lycians were living on the peninsula between Antalya and Fethiye bays today known as Teke Peninsula. In Hittite texts, they were called Lukka. As early as 2000 they are known to have a strong national consciousness. This people of Anatolia, relatives of Luwiler, had "the Union" concept. BC 15. Century, Entire peoples of the Anatolian established Assuwa Confederation against Hittites. They were next to Egyptians against the Hittites at Kadesh war. They were helping Troya against Akha Helens as written on Homeros epic the iyada (Iliad). All this was the concrete indication of expanding consciousness of the Anatolian integrity.
540 BC, When they understood they could not hold against the Persians, They gathered the people who can’t fight in Xanthos fort and burn the fort. Soldier fought with Persians till last soldier died for the sake of freedom. This heroic epic is written in Herodotus writings. This consciousness of national solidarity has leaded them into unity with themselves. 500 BC. Unacceptance of the sovereignty of Persia, and Athens took the form of the merger of some of the cities themselves. 400 BC Athenian İsokrates'in wrote that "Lycians No one has never really been master to Lycians.