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“A not to be missed piece of Turkish/Greek history”
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“A not to be missed piece of Turkish/Greek history”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The hillside village of Kayaköy, which is located in the western province of Muğla, is set to be revived through restoration works, with the aim being to “pass on the cultural heritage of the district to future generations.”

Kayaköy is located eight kilometers south of Fethiye, and was lived in by Anatolian Greeks until 1923, when the populations of Greece and Turkey were exchanged. The ghost town now consists of hundreds of rundown, but still mostly intact, houses and churches.

A first-degree archaeological site

Muğla Mayor Fatih Şahin said the area was important because Kayaköy had been home to many different civilizations and cultures. It is hoped that with the new restoration works Kayaköy will draw more tourists from all over the world.

According to earlier official statements, the town will be restored and a 300-bed facility will be built there. It is expected to become a very important tourism center as it is already a first degree archeological site, according to Şahin. The houses in the area will be rented for 49 years in accordance with the new project, he said, adding that the Ministry of Finance saw no restriction to doing so.

The district will be revived with both domestic and foreign initiatives, Şahin said.

New cultural events are also planned in the village. Earlier, Louis de Bernières, the author responsible for bringing the story of Kayaköy to an international audience in his novel “Birds Without Wings,” attended the fifth Fethiye Culture and Arts Days in the district. Fans were able to listen to De Bernières talk, read from his book, and answer questions.

De Bernières wrote “Birds Without Wings,” his sixth novel, after visiting Kayaköy nearly 20 years ago.

The town had both Muslim and Greek Orthodox residents until the terms of the 1923 Lausanne Treaty precipitated a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey in which Muslims from Greece were sent to Turkey and Greek Orthodox Christians from Turkey were sent the other way. With the exchange, the once-thriving town was reduced to a jumble of ruined houses scattered across the hillside.

The area is once again preparing to host de Bernières, Victoria Hislop, Sofka Zinovieff and Jeremy Seal during the upcoming Cultural Connections Festival, which will be held from April 27 to May 3. Several events will be organized for the six-day event, including the chance to watch the acclaimed film “Dedemin İnsanları” (My Grandfather’s People) and to discuss it with its writer and director, Çağan Irmak and its producer, Mustafa Oğuz.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

If you are visiting this area of Turkey please make the time to visit this place.
Its an old greek village that the greeks left hundreds of years ago and is now literally a ghost town.
You could walk around this peice of undisturbed history for hours if you wanted , so much atmosphere and totally unspoilt.
Be sure to try one of the little cafes there . We tried their speciality which was a turkish pancake which was to die for and sat on the floor in the outdoor seating area.
Definetly worth the visit

Visited April 2013
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“A must for a holiday to Oludeniz!”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We had one of our nicest days visiting Kaya Koy. There are two ticket offices, one at the beginning of the village, and the other at the end. The views and ruins are spectacular! There's also a wonderful restaurant with outdoor seating just across the road from the ticket office. We had Turkish coffee before our walk, then pancakes filled with home-grown spinach and cheese made on an open fire for lunch after our walk- wonderful!!! We then drove on to the beach at the bottom of the road, which we had almost to ourselves. These places can be reached by dolmus, but we hired a car.

Visited April 2013
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“Tranquil and stunning!!!!”
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Wow!!!! What an amazing piece of un desturbed history. The little village of Kayakoy is just picture perfect. As you come down the hill from Fethiye the abanded village is the first thing you see, and what an incredible sight it is. At a cost of 5TL per person it is a small price to pay to walk around something so amazing. Make sure you viist the church at the bottom as it is just breath taking. The time and effort it must have taken to build something like that is surreal. One suggestion is to make sure you wear good walking shoes as it is rather rocky and un even. Totally worth a visit. I loved every moment of it.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice day trip”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a wonderful place for a day trip if you like to see ruins and enjoy the historical significance of the place..they have maintained it pretty well. Take the Dolmus from the main Dolmus stop in Fethiye with Kayakoy written on it. It is 4 liras per person. The dolmus is air conditioned and usually get a place to sit, although I dont know how it gets in summer season. Once you walk to the Chapel on top of the hill, you can see views of Oludeniz. You could cool it off, by eating Spinach and Cheese pancakes, made right in front of you in a restaurant at the entrance of Kayakoy, the pancakes were awesome after the short hike :)

Visited April 2013
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