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Kekova

Turkish name: Kekova Adası, also known as Caravola (Greek: Dolchiste) or the sunken city.

‘Once upon a time’ tells different tales about what happened on this mysterious mesmerizing island with turquoise clear waters and historical ruins waiting for you to discover. We welcome you to the perfect combination of hidden history and secret beauty: Kekova! 

The history of the earth continues to breathe underwater! It is a mysterious city that has been buried in the waters that beat its shores and whose secrets are still unsolved today. How did the city, blessed by the sea god Poseidon and Apollo, take its place in the dusty pages of history? Adventurers of the blue voyage, take your places for exploration.

Kekova is one of Turkey’s hidden gems. It has many admirers, which is why it’s listed as one of the most desirable locations in the Mediterranean. Even when people know about it, it’s hard to reach. The island is accessible only with boats; getting there by land is lengthy, tough and almost impossible. 

Imagining history

There was a fairy-tale life in Kekova, one of the biggest trade regions of the Aegean region. Once upon a time, Kekova was filled with laughter as usual and spent their days going to theatres and Roman baths. Kekova was also filled with dazzling castles. temples that surrounded the castles like pearls. However, on one August day, the people awoke to the violence of the earth. Earthquakes, which even the gods could not prevent, brought the end of many cities in a short time. The people of Kekova were very religious, so many did not want to leave the island. The public thought to write a rebirth story against their own suffering. They did not yet know the sad ending that awaited them, as they did not take into account mother nature. Giant tsunami waves had hit the shores of Antalya and had already swallowed some cities like Myra, Simena and Patara without mercy. The city with a glorious past sank under dark and cold waters, alone, uninhabited, and in ghostly silence. Only a few military structures and tombs carved into the rocks on the land remained from the ancient city.

Prior to all this, Kekova didn’t just offer vast turquoise water with great depth. Kekova was attracting adventurers and merchants with its reach to Lycia: the land of lights. So much so that this island, which was a favourite of even the Byzantine and Roman empires in history, has been the subject of many wars in history. Kekova, which resembles a paradise like the ancient cities of Simena (Kaleköy), Teimissa (Üçağız) and Aperlai, in particular, continues to impress its visitors with its untouched beauty by hosting cultural and historical traces from the Middle Ages to the present. Kekova was even more recently the subject of a dispute between Italy and Turkey; however, it was assigned to Turkey in 1932. Kekova is an open-air museum!

11Kekova Adası - Antalya Yat Turu
11Kekova Adası - Antalya Yat Turu

Imagining history

There was a fairy-tale life in Kekova, one of the biggest trade regions of the Aegean region. Once upon a time, Kekova was filled with laughter as usual and spent their days going to theatres and Roman baths. Kekova was also filled with dazzling castles. temples that surrounded the castles like pearls. However, on one August day, the people awoke to the violence of the earth. Earthquakes, which even the gods could not prevent, brought the end of many cities in a short time. The people of Kekova were very religious, so many did not want to leave the island. The public thought to write a rebirth story against their own suffering. They did not yet know the sad ending that awaited them, as they did not take into account mother nature. Giant tsunami waves had hit the shores of Antalya and had already swallowed some cities like Myra, Simena and Patara without mercy. The city with a glorious past sank under dark and cold waters, alone, uninhabited, and in ghostly silence. Only a few military structures and tombs carved into the rocks on the land remained from the ancient city.

Prior to all this, Kekova didn’t just offer vast turquoise water with great depth. Kekova was attracting adventurers and merchants with its reach to Lycia: the land of lights. So much so that this island, which was a favourite of even the Byzantine and Roman empires in history, has been the subject of many wars in history. Kekova, which resembles a paradise like the ancient cities of Simena (Kaleköy), Teimissa (Üçağız) and Aperlai, in particular, continues to impress its visitors with its untouched beauty by hosting cultural and historical traces from the Middle Ages to the present. Kekova was even more recently the subject of a dispute between Italy and Turkey; however, it was assigned to Turkey in 1932. Kekova is an open-air museum!

11Kekova Adası - Antalya Yat Turu

Atmosphere

Imagine exploring an island and its underwater city that has many tales to tell. Some say it was the earthquake, others say there was a war as well, and others say the tsunami flooded the area and sank the city. No one really knows for sure.

Imagine being surrounded by its natural healing properties; it touches your eyes and heals your soul. Along Kekova’s slopes, the island is naturally decorated with mullein, thyme and sage. Since ancient times, these herbs have been used for their medicinal healing properties.

Imagine exploring a raw and natural beauty where the government protects it from luxurious and touristy expansions. Therefore, you will find it surrounded by small cozy houses close to one another. Imagine the sublime experience of seeing the sunrise or sunset reflected on its beautiful turquoise clear while history and ruins are hiding underneath. 

Kekova also offers an added element for adventure lovers. You can climb up to the castle that has more mysterious tales to tell. Additionally, there are areas with more tombs to explore. Some of the tombs are open but, of course, empty. In addition, Kekova has ancient architecture from the Romans that are spread around the island and can be explored by boat or foot. 

This journey is a must on the bucket list! Kekova has a magnificent turquoise sea, where the water is clear enough for you to discover some of its hidden treasures. The romance of Kekova is enchanting with its romantic small bays and cozy villages surrounding the sunken city. With Antalya Yachts, you have the freedom to explore the hidden history and secret beauty of Kekova with style and comfort. 

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