Hidden Gems

Explore a sunken city with Turkey sailing holidays

By Jenny Wilson
on  December 07, 2015

There are many interesting sights to discover with Turkey sailing holidays, but there can be few more fascinating than exploring an ancient sunken city. The ports of Kas and Kalkan along the Turquoise coast are popular destinations for holidaymakers and it is definitely worth taking a trip along to Kekova if you are sailing in this part of the country.
Snorkelling in Turkey - See underwater sights
The underwater city here, sometimes known as the Sunken City of Simena, is a collection of buildings that date back to the Lycian and Byzantine periods. This area suffered an earthquake, which caused the buildings to become submerged, and the area was largely abandoned by its inhabitants.

Kekova is popular with snorkellers and scuba divers, not least because loggerhead turtles are among the varied marine life that can be seen here, but diving is not permitted among the submerged buildings to preserve them as much as possible. Some of the ruins are only partially submerged and can be seen from the shore; however, if you want to get a real sense of how the city looked, you need to get out on the water. Kayaking is a popular option and allows you to see the ruins both above and below the waterline.

Alternatively you can book a short excursion in a glass-bottomed boat. These float very close to the ruins and you can clearly see the buildings and even relics such as amphora if you look down. This experience is simply stunning.
Turkish sailing yacht - The ideal sight seeing platform

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