A beautiful island filled with history and vistas to die for, Kekova is a dream for those that like to sun themselves and explore ancient ruins. One of the main draws here is the submerged city ruins at the islands northern edge, the ancient city Dolchiste collapsed due to an earthquake in the 2nd Century and was only partially rebuilt afterwards. There are numerous Lycian and Roman ruins that are also around the island, perhaps the most fascinating being Simena which is an old village accessible only by boat.
Although most people come to Kekova to see the fabulous ruins it is also a popular place to visit for a beach getaway and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours sharing a picnic and swimming in the protected areas nearby. If you are lucky enough to be here for Republic Day on the 29th of October the towns nearby hold huge celebrations that are famed for their boisterousness. The local culture is fascinating as well with many sights to see, including the smoking pyramids or huts that are placed around the bays where the locals make charcoal. Unfortunately it is not possible to stay over on the island due to restrictions about tourism as many visitors have previously stolen artefacts from the ruins.
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