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The Moon is closest to the earth in Antiphellos (Kas) Herodotos (V.century BC )

Kas- a beauty port opening out to the Mediterranean Sea. In kasKas, the center of the historic Lycian Region, the Taurus Mountains embrace the sea as they continue to the great depths of the Mcoastline. The area is rocky all around and this helps to keep the bay crystal clear.

Kas is a small historical town on the south coast of Turkey. It was one of the most important marine cities and wine production sites of the Lycian civilization and is now surrounded by rock tombs and ruins of the ancient city Antiphellos.

Right across Kas, there is the Greek Island Nisos-Costellorizon. It is only 3 miles away from Kas. There are daily excursions by boats to Nisos-Costellorizon and also to another antique city of Lycian Civilization called the Kekova Island.kas street

Once you decide to come to Kas, you must arrange your flight to Dalaman or Antalya Airports. Kas is right between the two airports. 150 km. from Dalaman and 180 km. from Antalya airport .

Kas is a lovely town surrounded on three sides by mountains. In Kas you can hire a water taxi to take you to a favorite bay, cave or beach along the coast. The swimming and diving are excellent in the clear cool waters around Kas.

Kas was once the site of an ancient city Antiphellos. Today the only remains of this Lycian city are the rock-cut tombs and sarcophagi. You can wander through the streets stopping to examine the souvenir shops that offer Turkish handicrafts, leather goods, silver items, cotton clothing and handmade carpets. After shopping, stroll along the flower-lined Akdeniz Promenade or relax under the shade of a palm tree. There are many bars and restaurants in Kas that offer plenty of night life.

The mountains which surround the town provide their share of activities and sights. You can walk through forested hills to visit remote villages and ancient ruins. If you are prepared you can attempt to scale the highest peak in the area, Mt. Kizlar Sivrisi (3,086 metres).

streetOn a rise between the open sea and the hill, which was the acropolis of the ancient city, lays a rock tomb formed like a Doric structure with Doric triglyphs on the facade. Inside the tomb is to be found a frieze of dancing female figures. The acropolis was surrounded by a fortified wall, of which traces are to be seen on the facade facing the island of Meis (Kastellorizon). No traces of fortifications are to be seen on the northern or western slopes. To the west of the modern town stands the ancient theater overlooking the sea. This structure possesses a remarkable view. It was constructed of local limestone and today the tribunes and outer walls are still visible although no trace of the skene is left. On the western edge of the acropolis are traces of a temple. Tombs of the Roman period are scattered about the town and along the coast.


Kaya Village

A few kilometers from Fethiye, climbing past the ancient fortress and rock tomb of King Amyntas, the pinekaya village trees give way to the bucolic landscape of the Kaya Village. Here a dwindling number of local families till the land and tend their animals. Some of the old Greek stone houses have been carefully restored to provide atmospheric and peaceful holiday homes. Visitors can walk, cycle or even horse-ride around the pathways and lanes of the valley, pausing at the simple teahouses, restaurants and general stores or continuing the few kilometers down to the Gemiler Beach.

 

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Perhaps everyone's most vivid memory of Kaya Valley is the haunting choreography of the houses, shops and churches of the once thriving Greek town of Levissii.

 

Gemiler Island
This early Christian Island dedicated to St, Nicholas can be visited from the Gemiler Beach below Kaya village or while on one of the daily boat trips out of Oludeniz.
   

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The Lycian Way

lycian wayThe Lycian Way begins near Oludeniz and ends just before Antalya, taking in choice mountain landscapes and seascapes en route. It follows 500 km of ancient footpaths and mule roads that linked the villages of the Turquoise Coast.

What really distinguishes this walk is it's intimate, almost careless relationship with history. Lycian, in particular enjoyed a period us ascendancy and unique culture before falling into the hands of Alexander the Greta's successors and then the Romans. Later, Arabs, Crusaders and Genoese established themselves.

Traces of all these hands are visible still, and nowhere more so than along this path, their romance and charm enhanced by the old stones lying naturally among the scrub and goat pastures. Tombs just out of mule tilled fields, sections of columns are stacked in the hedges.

There are castles, harbors, forts and lots of vernacular monuments too: sheepfolds and cobbled mule tracks, where the herders take their flocks and where the peasants repair for coolness in the summer.

 

 

 

 


Ovacik / Fethiye

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Just above Oludeniz amongst the pines on the lower slopes of Babadag the village of Ovacik straddles the mountain road between Fethiye and Oludeniz.

It's convenient situation, clear air, quiet country trails and excellent accommodation make it an ideal base for enjoying all the diverse aspects of this captivating area.

Ovacik is situated only 3 km away from Oludeniz Beach and is the neighbouring village to Hisaronu.

Ovacik village is spread out in a big valley just below Babadag mountain - hence there isn't a resort centre as such - but most of the accommodation is situated within walking distance to main road and Hisaronu village centre.
 

There are beautifully landscaped hotels with views over the valleys down below, luxury villas with swimming pools, good choice of apartments and self catering accommodation.

Ovacik is good alternative to Hisaronu village - if you are looking for a more private & relaxing holiday contact us.


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Patara

In the heart of Lycia Patara is best known for its beach, eighteen kilometers of soft white sand, backed by majestic dunes and in recent years the winner of a "best beach in the world" survey in the Sunday Times.

Evidence of its former glories as the principal port for Lycia and an important Roman town can be seen at the extensive site , still not fully excavated. Here too stood the Hellenistic oracle of Apollo , thought to rival that at Delphi and a further claim of Patara's fame is as the birthplace of the fourth century St. Nicolas , the original Santa Claus.patara beach

Patara beach should not be missed with its gorgeous landscape and great swimming. It is a national park and home to many birds, also the breeding ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtle.

The beach is an 18 kilometre-long strip of sand bordered on its ends by mountains and along its length by sand dunes and the large marshy area which once was the celebrated port of Patara.

 

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Saklikent

Saklikent Gorge ("Hidden City") is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey, 18 km long and so steep and narrow that the sun does not penetrate the water, leaving it deliciously icy-cold in the summer. Once inside, water-sculpted limestone canyon walls soar above you.
Saklikent Gorge is a beautiful place and a great place to explore. Be sure to bring submersible shoes as you will sometimes be walking in shallow water or mud. Plastic shoes can also be

 rented outside of the gorge. The gorge is approached along a long wooden boardwalk above the river. Once inside, you reach the Ulupinar springs where water bubbles up under great force from the base of the cliffs and you wade across the river into the gorge proper to begin your walk. The walk is easy for 4 km, after that a rock slide blocks the passage for all except rock climbers.

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Xanthos

xanthosXanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history. It was made famous to the Western world in the 19th century by its British discoverer Charles Fellows. Xanthos's very old  finds date back to the 8th century BC, but it is possible that the site may have existed during the Bronze Age or during the first centuries of the Iron Age
 

The history of Xanthos is quite a violent one - the Xanthosians twice demonstrated the fierce independence of the Lycian people when they chose to commit mass suicide rather than submit to invading forces. The Xanthosian men set fire to their women, children, slaves and treasure upon the acropolis before making their final doomed attack upon the invading Persians. Xanthos was later repopulated but the same gruesome story repeated itself in 42 BC when Brutus attacked the city during the Roman civil wars in order to recruit troops and raise money. Brutus was shocked by the Lycian' suicide and offered his soldiers a reward for each Xanthosian saved. Only 150 citizens were rescued.


Xanthos stands atop an elevated area within the Xanthos valley with the Xanthos River flowing closely mosaicunder the city's west side. From this elevation one receives a supreme view of the valley surrounded by the spectacular Taurus Mountains.
Although Charles Fellows carted away most of the finds of Xanthos (now in the British Museum) many interesting monuments and structures remain, including two of the most interesting tombs in Lycia.
Features of Xanthos include:
" The "Harpy Tomb" - Sitting upon a massive base is a thick pillar with a grave-chamber and crowning slabs. The whole thing stands about 25 feet high. The chamber at the top was marble and decorated with splendid relief's (which some belief to depict harpies). The relief's are now in the British Museum but have been replaced by some very nice casts.
" Pillar Tomb - A completely unique tomb in Lycia, actually two-tombs-in-one - a normal Lycian sarcophagus stands upon a shorter-than-usual pillar tomb. It is quite tall, only a little shorter than the Harpy Tomb. 4th century BC.
" The "Xanthian Obelisk" - a tall pillar tomb covered with Greek and the longest Lycian inscription known to exist. This writing was instrumental in helping to begin to understand the riddle of the difficult Lycian language.
" Other Features of Note include an amphitheatre, a Roman arch, a Byzantine church with lovely mosaic floors and a fortress at the top of the acropolis.

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Kalkan Beach

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Patara Beach In the heart of Lycian Patara is best known for its beach, eighteen kilometers of soft white sand, backed by majestic dunes and in recent years the winner of a "best beach in the world" survey in the Sunday Times.

patara beach

Kaputas Beach  Kaputas Beach is on the way to Kas and it is 7km far from Kalkan.This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of this coast. But you have to be careful about the waves in the sea when the weather is windy.

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The Blue Lagoon

fethiye oludenizOludeniz, a beautiful inland bay that stretches behind the cape, is now closed to yachts. The reason this heavenly place is called Oludeniz ("Sea of the Dead") is attributed to the following legend.
 
Once a father and son were caught in a storm here and were in danger of sinking. The son claimed that if they approached the rocks ashore they could take shelter in a cove. The father on the other hand asserted that their ship would be driven onto the rocks and break up and that there were no coves around here anyway. In his terror of running around on the rocks, theoludeniz father knocked his son (who was at the helm) into the sea with an oar and took over the helm himself. Just as the ship was about to hit the rocks on the cape, she turned into this calm, smooth watered bay. This is the reason they say the bay is called the Sea of the Dead, whereas what with the pine clad sandy beach stretched out like a tongue, the name "Paradise Bay" would be more fitting.

The Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz has clam, crystal clear waters which makes it ideal for a variety of water sports and a very safe place for children to swim. Part of the lagoon is now a protected area (and it's a national park).

 

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The Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley is a great day trip from Oludeniz. It is home to the unique Jersey Tiger butterfly. Between June and September, butterflies in thousands of colour and countless varieties can be seen here. This valley is an interesting canyon with steep cliffs up to 350 meters high and stretches back from the cove some 3-4 kilometers. To get to Butterfly Valley, you can take a boat from either Oludeniz or Fethiye .

Taxi boats leave from Oludeniz three times a day in both directions - an alternative for the adventurous and well-shod hiker is to follow the steep and rocky slope down from the upper rim of the valley, following the footpath from in front of "George House," on the road to Faralya/Kabak (gauge about 30 min.).

Butterfly Valley with it's untouched nature, most amazing beach and basic facilities (no electricity, TV or any earthly possessions) - only a small restaurant and simple beach huts - is a total relaxation destination.

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Dalyan

Dalyan is a small village built along one side of the Dalyan river, close to the ancient site of Caunos. A group of spectacular Lycian tombs are carved into the cliff face onto the opposite side of the river.
 
Fish restaurants line the quayside at the centre of the village, while small pension and attractive hotels are built at the waterside on either side of the village.
 
By night the waterside restaurants and bars come alive with music and laughter and many new friendships are forged

The pretty riverside village of Dalyan offers many diversions including impressive rock tombs, the atmospheric site of ancient Caunos and famous mud baths. Not least of its' attractions is the reed fringed delta along which wooden boats ferry visitors to the wide expanse of Iztuzu beach, made famous by the successful campaign to protect the eggs of the loggerhead turtle.

A full boat tour starts at the hot springs near Koycegiz Lake, and then follows a meandering course down the river through the thick reeds and bamboos towards Caunos. A system of gateways, constructed across the river, catch sea bass and grey mullet as they return the sea after spawning in the lake.

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Elmali

elmali streetElmali is the largest Ottoman town of the southwest area of Turkey, located high on a mountain plain. It is famous for its well-preserved wooden houses (some from the 17th century) in which Ottoman Turks, Greeks and Armenians once lived together until the 20th century. People here live much as they did in the past and old crafts such as blacksmithing, hand-crafting copperware and making Turkish Delight in the traditional way are still practiced. A very large mosque complex exists in Elmali dating back to the 16th century with hand-painted tiles rivalling those in Istanbul's grand mosques.

elmaliThe Elmali area is rich in archaeology and natural beauty. Some very significant antiquities including the famous Elmali Treasury have been found in the area and excavations are currently underway at a large mound where antiquities have been found dating back to the 12th century BC. Alexander the Great once marched through Elmali with his troops in 333 BC on his campaign against the Persian army. The road they used can still be seen today.


mosqueThe misty peaks of the great Taurus Mountains, rushing streams and lush greenery offer excellent photo opportunities and the alpine pastures and famous cedar forests (6,000-7,000 feet) are attractive to hikers. Many semi-nomads live in the area as well, as the highlands are good, cool summer pasture for their flocks of sheep and goats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fethiye

Fethiye Night TimeOnce the Lycian settlement of Telmessos, Fethiye is a lively port and market town where Turkish life and tourism exist side by side. Along the pretty waterfront you can watch the traditional wooden gullets, motor launches and fishing boats.

At the nearby Calis Beach all manner of water-sports are available. In the old port area 'Paspatur' sell everything from aromatic herbs to 'designer' clothes, nomadic rugs and hand-crafted jeweler. The famous rock tomb of King Amyntas is visited by many every year.

Market Place Fethiye Tuesday Market
Located at the centre of the town, the market place is a fascinating sight where al kinds of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, fish, meat and dairy products, as well as local handicrafts, are offered for sale.

Paspatur
This small square is named after the cold water spring called Paspatur which flows into the pool here. Its history dates back to many years. During the period when refrigerators were non-existent, water jags and melons were submerged into the pool for cooling, while animated, friendly chats were carried out at the coffee-houses and pubs located around it.

Fethiye MarinaAt present the Paspatur square has grown and expanded, with restaurants overshadowed by vine and ivy, bars and discotheques; as well as shops exhibiting touristic items and souvenirs as such as leather outfits, bags and accessories,; golden and silver ornaments and jeweler; carpets and rugs.
In addition to buildings which are outstanding samples of typical Greek architecture, the Old Mosque and the Historical Turkish Bath are located here.


Mountain Tour to Gombe and Green Lake - High Meadows of the Taurus Mountains

gombeThis tour is a wonderful opportunity to see traditional, non-touristic Turkey high in the Taurus Mountains, away from the coastal heat. A great outing for those interested in walking in the pastures of the Taurus Mountain highlands and learning about the semi-nomadic way of life that dominates the peaks all summer-long. The semi-nomads represent the long history of the Turkish people who migrated from central Asia.
Named after the spurge plant endemic to the area, Sütlegen is a beautiful semi-nomad village at 5,000 feet tucked in a gorgeous alpine forest overlooking a magnificent deep canyon surrounded by cedar of Lebanon trees, located between Kalkan and Elmali. Locals here make their living from forestry and apple and the many walnut orchards of the area, while semi-nomads tend their flocks in mountain pastures here during the summer months before

returning to the warmer coast for the winter.green lake
Gömbe is the central semi-nomad town of the area, and the largest. Surrounded by the snow-capped Taurus Mountains, Gömbe has an interesting authentic market with local produce and handmade tools. The mosque here makes an interesting visit.


Brilliant Green Lake is 6,500 ft above sea level and a pilgrimage center to which people come from every corner of the country to drink its sacred healing water. Semi-nomads live in tents near the lake with their flocks and are very hospitable to visitors. Don't miss the "Wishing Tree" on your walk to Green Lake - a tree upon which scraps of cloth are tied by pilgrims along with a prayer.


green lake wayThe lake is formed by the melting snow which stays on top of the mountains until early August. It offers spectacular shots for photographers and is a cool place to visit in the summer. The area of Green Lake overlooks a stunning valley once travelled through by Alexander the Great and his troops on his Persian campaign.
Green Lake is also located very near the sacred "Flying Waterfall". Like Green Lake, the water here is considered holy and people come from all over to drink its curative waters. It is believed to have been given to people as a gift by the founder of a nearby dervish monastery.
For lunch on this tour we eat at a wonderful restaurant tucked away in a tranquil forest alongside a rushing stream, with many delicious options from which to choose.


Hisaronu / Fethiye

Situated on a high plateau 4km from the coast and surrounded by stunning mountains, the once sleepy villages of Hisaronu and Ovacik have combined to create a lively resort which has a distinctly British atmosphere. The nearest beaches are the famous lagoon of Oludeniz or the pebble and sand beach of Belcekiz. A Dolmus leaves every five or ten minutes.

The village is full of bars, restaurants and shops. This is certainly the place to haggle for any imitation designer gear. The cool mountain air can be quite a relief after a day in the sun and there is plenty to do in the evening.

Hisaronu, and the Fethiye area in general, are blessed with a rugged and beautiful landscape, the potential of which for activity holidays (and holiday activites) is just being realised. Hisaronu is special because its location means that you can paraglide in Oludeniz one day, canoe down the Xanthos river to Patara the next, paintball in the pine forests of Kaya Koyu and still take an overnight trip to the classical ruins of Ephesus.

The area is nice if you just want to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool but to get the most out of your trip you ought to consider moving around a little bit.

There are variety of hotels, villas & Aparts in the area, from simple family run to luxury hill top hotels with views of Olu Deniz beach below. Please check the hotels in Hisaronu section to view the hotel accommodation options in the resort of Hisaronu       

 

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