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Gemiler Island

Kesikkapi Mah. Okul Sok. No:4/A Fethiye Merkez, Fethiye, Fethiye, Turkey
252 6141150
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Ranked #21 of 30 attractions in Fethiye
Type: Islands, Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We chartered a boat and sailed from Marmaris to Kekova over 2 weeks, we ate all along the coast at many restaurants, pulling into Gemiler Adasi is a magical spot, the view is stunning and well worth the trip. Please, Please, Please be aware of the restaurant on the beach (right side when facing it, with Fethyie over the hill).... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Please avoid the cafe on the right hand side at beach level, it displays no prices and they rip you off terribly. They have no shame and will demand payment and verbally abuse you if you complain.

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Hamburg, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very scenic place with many ancient ruins to explore. Only reachable by boat. The locals know this fact and they try to charge high prices for a short boat trip of 2 minutes (40 Lira for 2 persons). Just prepare yourself to haggle the price a little bit down. For entering the island you have to pay an entrance fee... More

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Durban, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The island is covered in ruins of ancient churches. It is also called St Nicholas Island, named after the saint that lived here and originated the stories of Santa Claus. Yachts moor in the narrow corridor between the island and the mainland.

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19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The ruins on Gemiler are mainly Byzantine but the earliest go back to the 3rd century. You pay a small fee and can wander round the island on your own. The whole island is covered in ruins and was clearly a very thriving commercial port in centuries past.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The island of Gemiler is a fascinating place to visit. You can wander around the ruins of the old monastery and imagine how the monks would live. The views from the top of the hill of the bay of Karacorean are quite stunning.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Decided to visit the bay after reading so many reviews on it, we were not dissapointed as it is a beautiful bay. The only dissapointment fo the day was the rip off restaurant, we got offered free sunbeds from the first restaurant on the right hand side, so decided that yes we would buy a drink while visiting so thought... More

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Hampshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Whilst the cost of the boat across was not cheap (and I don't think we haggled enough!) the time you get to explore the Island is worthwhile. It has links with St Nicholas (he of Santa fame) and the view from the top by the stone graves is amazing.

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Canberra, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went with another couple from our boat moored nearby and spent an hour or so exploring. The ruins are impressive and the views even more so. Worth going though very hot so take water and be prepared.

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Gemiler ISland is a beautiful, peaceful spot with masses to do - walk over the hill to Kayakoy or climb the island at sunset to admire the view. But it's only peaceful from about 6pm to 11 am. The daytime is ruined with jetskis and boats towing every inflatable thing. Such a shame.

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