Enjoy the town of Kaş with your family while on yacht charter in Turkey
Fronted by a small harbor, Kaş is a favored yacht mooring destination in the Antalya Province of Turkey and one of the best places to visit.
During your luxury yacht charter along Turkey’s turquoise coastline with your family and friends this summer, make sure to set sail to the charming little town of Kaş. Fronted by a small harbor, Kaş is a favored yacht mooring destination in the Antalya Province of Turkey and one of the best places to visit if you want to head out onto the sea for some laid-back sightseeing and explore the many secret coves and islands.
The modern town of Kaş occupies the site of ancient Antiphellos, with the harbor being the town center. After the captain has dropped the anchor and the crew has taken you ashore, stroll around the cobblestone lanes rimmed by old fishermen’s cottages that have now been converted into inviting shops and boutiques and welcoming cafés and restaurants. When you make your way around town, you will run into historical bits and pieces from the classical era. Go see the most prominent one, a Lycian sarcophagus right in the center of Kaş, while enjoying the swirl of people and languages. The ancient rock sarcophagus, located on a hillside, has four lions and Lycian script carved into the sides. About 6 meters tall and about 3,000 years old, it is said to have belonged to a Lycian king.
Before heading to one of the nearby beaches to relax and soak up the sun, let’s get some action in and visit the nearby Kekova area with its sunken city ruins!
The island of Kekova
The island of Kekova, and the surrounding coastal area, is famous for the underwater ruins just offshore, also known as the sunken city. It sites on a stretch of coastline that is famous for the Lycian way trek, a 560 kilometer route that encompasses famous ruins from the Lycian era. Your captain will know exactly how to approach this fascinating site, so you and your loved ones can take in the beautiful surroundings, while enjoying a late breakfast on deck and while ready to discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history during this unique adventure.
Historians say that throughout history, Kekova has been called by many names including Caravola, Dolichiste and Kakava. The city was flooded due to an earthquake in the 2nd century, and its resulting underwater ruins never fail to leave an impression. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here, so what better way to explore the site than by your own private yacht. The water is crystal clear, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos, and if you would like to get up even closer, the crew will be more than happy to take the kayaks out for you. Skim the clear sea surface to get the closest look of the crumbled stone remnants below. Your chief stewardess will take plenty of pictures of you and your family and friends while exploring the ruins by kayak!
Kekova was most prominent in the Lycian and Byzantine eras. After the earthquake most of the city was submerged under water and any residents that stayed after this were subjected to the Arab invasions. Final desertion did not happen until the 19th century. In 1990, the Turkish government realised Kekova was a popular swimming and scuba diving spot. Concerns arose about artefacts from the ancient city being sold on the black market and a ban was placed on swimming in all areas that housed the ancient underwater city.
Back onboard, the captain will sail across the bay to explore the Byzantine castle of Simena
Simena Castle, also known by its Turkish name Kalekoy, meaning castle village, was a notable Lycian settlement. The castle remains largely intact upon a hill overlooking the Gokkaya bay. Villagers have made their homes on one side of the ancient site and a handful of local restaurants can be found next to the small harbor, resulting in an interesting mix of old and new.
The castle itself houses a small theatre, which is cut into the rock. From the highest point of the castle, the views are simply breathtaking, facing both the Mediterranean and Kekova Island. The brilliant bay curves around, with a cluster of tiny islands at the entrance and trees and shrubs coating the cliffside and clinging to the rocks.
The tender will bring you ashore so you can admire the castle and walk to the quaint fishing town of Üçağız to taste the local homemade ice-cream. The charming harbor front village of Üçağız is a yachtie haven, with views worthy of a postcard. In English, Üçağız translates to ‘three mouths’, aptly named since the village has three passages leading to the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times, Üçağız was a Greek fishing village known as Teimiussa. Due to its landlocked location, the village was the most reliable place for sailors to seek refuge from the strong harsh waves of the sea. Admire the surrounding historical ruins, olive farms, and picturesque fishermen’s houses before heading to your final destination of the day, the beach!
The beaches of Kaş
Get out the bathing suits, lather up and enjoy some quality sun, sea, and sand time at Kaputaş Beach. Hugged by high cliffs, this beautiful beach can only be reached by land by taking a long staircase down to the shore, so arriving here in style on your own yacht is the way to visit! With the inviting color of its azure water, Kaputaş Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches not only in Turkey, but around the world. Its enchanting turquoise blue water and golden sands are truly unparalleled. The beach sits between cliff-faces at the point where a deep canyon meets the sea. Located at the mouth of the Kaputaş Canyon, it is also known as ‘Kanyon Agzi Plaji’, meaning Canyon Mouth Beach. The turquoise color of the water here is caused by the ice-cold spring water flowing from the canyon, but no need to worry, once the spring water has reached the beach it has the perfect temperature to go swimming, snorkeling or simply float around, making unmatched memories with your family in Kaş!
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