THE MYSTERIOUS HISTORY OF KEKOVA
Kekova (Dolichiste in Lycian language), which connects its visitors with its extraordinary beauties and embraces its guests from all over the world with its historical and natural miracles, has been the island of travelers from past to present. Kekova Island, which fascinates people with its nature and history, is a special place that holds the hands of its enthusiasts and gives them unforgettable moments.
In the region, the ancient city of Aperlai lies at the Hot Pier, Toprakada at the tip of the peninsula and Kekova Island after Karaada. BC on Kekova Island. It is known that there was life in the 4th century and the remains of that period have survived until today. Although some of the ruins were flooded as a result of the great earthquakes in 141 and 240 AD, this situation added even more beauty to the beauty of the island. This place was known as the trade center of Lycia in those times.
Simena located in Kaleköy on Kekova Island, Theimussa in Üçağız, Aperlai at its hot pier, Sunken City, and Istlada on Gökkaya Bay are among the ancient cities very close to each other. There are also many other ancient cities close to the region. There are Lycian sarcophagi and Lycian rock tombs in the form of pigeon nests on the foothills. There are many different areas to be visited in Kekova, which integrates the beauties of history with its nature.
Kekova island, which gave its name to this culture today, is a big island in front of Kale Village. There is an apse of a church from the Byzantine Period on the island. At the same time, there are many ruins that are not known to what period they belong to since there has not been excavation yet. Simena Castle is one of the frequent destinations for boat tours. Both the ruins of the castle and the nature surrounding it appear as a beauty that cannot be passed without seeing it. Another thing that makes this place historically valuable is that the world’s smallest amphitheater is located inside the castle.
There are shops in Tersane Bay in the ancient kettles, which are in the sea. On the left, there are structures that are not clear what they are, but known to have basic remains of houses. This spectacular region is an area of a period not shared between Italy and Turkey. After the Italian occupation of the island of Kekova where you want to have in Italy was left to deal with Turkey in 1932. Kekova and its surroundings open their doors to enthusiasts as a protected area today.