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Karmylassos / Kayakoy

Fethiye, Turkey
0532 485 76 90
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Ranked #3 of 30 attractions in Fethiye
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Ghost Towns
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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did some hour and 40 minutes walk from Fethiye to Kayakoy ghost town. We found a hiking map just beside the road in intersection when leaving from Fethiye. Hiking trail was marked with red/white painted marks along the whole way. If you're in ok physical condition just go for it. If in good fit it's a piece of cake.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

For history lovers, kayakoy is amazing.. As soon as you reach the village, one can sense the life that once existed here. The houses, the streets, the mulberry trees, the antiques, all tell of a beautiful yet sad history. What really happened in kayakoy?? Yes, the exchange did happen, but there is evidence of vandalism and destruction. ... Hopefully, one... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

it is a really nice and interesting place to look around but only once, it is also very hot when you start climbing up so we didnt get to the top! Make sure you have a traditional turkish pancake from one of the little restaurants :)

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F'burg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

To think that this entire village is a ghost town because of the population "exchange" of 1923! We had read "Birds Without Wings," probably the very best preparation for visiting Turkey, but did not know previously that this was the village that inspired its author.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Took a wrong turn in Fethiye and ended up here by mistake - luckily. Saw the fort on the top of the hill ands then noted the extensive abandoned village, including several churches. It's fascinating to stand in one of the deserted houses and think of all the generations of life that took place in these small rooms. Some descendants... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

A very interesting village full of roofless stone houses, which are left behind by their Greek owners during the horrible population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1920s. Very quaint place. Also in the vicinity, there are several many garden restaurants.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Kayakoy is easily accessible by Dolmus, walking (from Hisaronu, Olu Deniz or Fethiye) or organised trips from Travel Agents. The book, Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres is based on this village and Mr de Bernieres returns regularly to give talks and readings from his book. Set on a hillside overlooking the valley, the village is eerily quiet. It... More

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Panton hill Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Take the Dolmus from the side street adjacent to the mosque. you can see every little detail of how these Greek villagers lived their lives before being forcibly removed at the time of the creation of the Turkish state. Some houses revealed wells for water and stone ovens. The old church is under restoration.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

A village which is very ancient and full of history with the ruins of true stories... Kind and helpful villagers with Turkish traditional food. Worth to see and visit...

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The deserted village of Kayakoy is really worth a visit. The abandoned houses from 1922 are still standing, although all the roof structure has gone. If you wander around the village, you get the real atmosphere of how the town used to be. It is really eery. The church still has some of the frescoes on the wall from the... More

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