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Kayakoy Ghost Town and Fethiye Bazaar
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Fethiye
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“great service”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Service from the hosts suzanne & vedat is absolutely 1st class they are lovely caring people who really want you to totally enjoy your stay. They are always availailable to advise & point you in the right direction of where to go & what to do. Each cottage is tasteful & of the highest quality. The location is just fab..

Visited October 2012
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“Wear good shoes!”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We took the dolmus up from Olu one afternoon and had a wander around Kayakoy. It is beautiful up in the hills and the village is a very unusual 'sight'. Do wear sensible shoes as the path around the village can be steep and a lot of the stones are slippery as they are so well worn.

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful town of ruins”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Went here on a camel trek. Then decided to wander ourselves after. The old
greek ruins were beautiful, and was totally different to the other places we had visited in Turkey. Ideal if you like to walk and explore, and have an interest in history.

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A place where you can sense a lost community amidst the riuns”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Kayaköy lies about 8km from Fethiye and you may see it referred to on the boards advertising trips in Hissaronou or Oludeniz as the ‘Ghost Town’. A town it certainly was, covering two hillsides but its population weren’t harmed, not physically at least although it’s hard to imagine what it must feel like to be forced to leave your home along with the whole community you’ve grown up within. It’s population were mostly Greek speaking Christians who were the subject of a population exchange with people of Turkish origin living in Greek territory in 1923. These communities moved because of the politics of the day and not happily leading ultimately to the complete abandonment of the town of Kayaköy.
Although there are trips that include Kayaköy this is an expensive way to see the remains of the town and doesn’t give you the freedom to explore that you have by making your own way there, which isn’t difficult. A dolmus runs about every half hour from Hissaronou to and from one of the two entrances to the town where there is a small admission charge of 5TL. However it’s also possible to walk into the town from Oludeniz and avoiding the charge isn’t difficult, though it’s more honest to pay up. If you start from Oludeniz walk along the sea front towards the Blue Lagoon but fork to the right to head around the back of the lagoon and keep going until you pass the last hotel at the end of the road. It seems to run around past it as a wide track but at this point look to your right and there is rough track leading up through the trees and this is the path to follow. It’s generally clear and you need to keep an eye open for small red and yellow rectangles painted on the rocks along the route. Occasionally there are what seem to be older route markers in the form of large blue dots, now fading but also indicating the route to be followed. Whether you opt for the dolmus or the walk is up to you but the walk needs a reasonable level of fitness to complete comfortably and is not suitable for buggies.
At the main entrance to the site if you arrive by dolmus there are some very basic stalls laid out that not only offer some of the usual souvenirs but also a range of items from old irons to the shells of long dead tortoises that supposedly come from Kayaköy. Whether you believe they do or not and whether you think they are worth purchasing is up to you but these are friendly folk and business here is not exactly brisk so don’t feel annoyed with them if they ask whether you want to buy something as you pass by.
Once into the town it’s pretty much a case of wandering to your heart’s content and trying to imagine it as it would have been when the narrow streets were thronged with people and the now empty shells we the cared for homes of families. Very few have more than 4 walls and a good deal of damage was done by an earthquake in the late 1950s. One of the landmarks to keep your bearings with is the Turkish flag flying above a building that looks almost like a small fort above the surrounding buildings. Below this you will find the lower of two churches, standing within a small square, that you can enter and walk around. At the far end of town walking away from the dolmus stop, you will find another and better preserved church though part of this was taped off to protect the remains when we visited. You can pretty much walk wherever you like among the buildings though some care is needed if you decide to make your way through the ruins. One of the other features to search for is the 17th century fountain roughly in the centre of town.
Despite the extent of the ruins it’s not hard to keep track of your route because the ruined nature of the town and the way it extends up the hillsides leaves large areas open to view so it’s easy to get your bearings. If you make it to the second church, as you walk past it on the way out of the town there is a small kiosk where admission tickets can be purchased and nearby is the path through to the Antik restaurant. This is a friendly, vine covered open restaurant with a wood burning oven where bread is made on the spot. It’s a great place to relax and completely in keeping with the atmosphere of the place. If you go to Kayaköy I’d recommend a stop for lunch there, the food is good and you may find you don’t particularly want to rush back into the remains to finish your visit
Kayaköy doesn’t sound like it offers much, it is after all just a large collection of fairly recently ruined buildings in historical terms, but the atmosphere here is something to be experienced. There is a very real sense of a lost community and if you are familiar with Greek towns and villages you will quickly recognise many of the features from the small chapels to the bright blue paint decorating some of the walls still. You may find yourself wanting to wander for a lot longer than you expected. Make sure you have space on your camera’s card and if it’s a sunny day try using a polarising filter if your camera will accept one to bring out the blue sky and the clouds as a great backdrop to the ruined houses climbing the hills.
I would strongly recommend a visit to Kayaköy, now afforded government protection and adopted by Unesco. It’s easy to get to and is one of those places that will stay in your memory.

Visited October 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I read Louis de Berniers book "Birds without Wings" prior to visiting Turkey. The book is set in this town. For me it was a 'must' in my trip to Turkey. I couldnt help thinking of the people who lived here before the population swap in 1923. Take a tip and hire a car if you can: there are lovely little spots for a picnic nearby.

Visited September 2012
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