After a relaxing day at the swimming pool with a sexy bikini gal, today I was going to visit the ruin village of Kayaköy. The village is abour 8km south of Fethyie.
The bus drops off tourists at the bus stop and from then it is a short uphill path to the centre of the village.
Whilst walking up the path I nearly trodden on a path.
This village has over 300 desserted buildings. The Greeks lived in the village untill 1922.
Many of the abandoned buildings were damaged in the 1957 Fethiye earthquake.
In the messy fallout of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire led to the land grabs of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922). The resounding loss of the Greeks in this war ended with violence and retribution, which was often aimed at the remaining Greek Orthodox community within the new Turkish borders, and in turn, against the Muslim Turks in Greece. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks fled the violence in Turkey, which led the governments to agree to a mutual compulsory population exchange starting in 1923 in order to staunch the bloodshed.
Nowadays it is a ghost village popular with tourists. The village is preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly standing Greek-style houses and churches which cover a small mountainside.
The admission fee to this village is 10 TL (approx. £2.50).
Some of the building you can safely go inside.
The centre of the village is a a very prominent church.
Goats and other livestock are in this village amongst the ruins.
In 2014, Kayakoy also took centre stage in the closing scenes of Russell Crowe’s film “The Water Diviner”.
In the quietness of the village, wildlife can be seen.
The other side of the village is a hill with a chapel on top of it.
The whole village can be looked down at from the chapel.
I was at the top of the small chapel hill.
I was going to trek from the village to the coast.
The Lycian Way is a 540km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya.
I was going to walk the 8km section from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz. This little section of the Lycian Way goes from the village over a hill line and follows a path downhill to the Ölüdeniz and the famous lagoon beach.
The walk takes about two to three hours.
After a quick beer I took the bus back to my appartment and for some quality time with my sexy gal.
Tomorrow I was going to visit Dalyan and Turtle Beach.
To be continued….
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