Explore the Haunting and Picturesque Kayaköy on a Tour of Turkey

The deserted village of Kayaköy, located in the Fethiye peninsula in the southwest, has been transformed from a ghost village into a burgeoning tourism centre thanks to international and local tourists taking day tours to Kayaköy trying to find a picturesque retreat. Once known as Levissi, Kayaköy is a deserted village tucked away in a valley set against the Taurus Mountains of the Fethiye Peninsula. Regularly referred to as "Ghost Village, "Kayaköy has become an ideal retreat from Fethiye's bustling summer resorts, and its new inhabitants, including a significant expat population, are breathing life into this picturesque village, which is becoming one of the most visited spots along Turkey's Aegean Coast.  Read More...

Explore the Haunting and Picturesque Kayaköy on a Tour of Turkey

Located on the Fethiye peninsula 120 meters above sea level and founded in the Kaya Valley, Kayaköy is a beautiful, yet haunting spot for many visitors as it sheds light on a sensitive era of Turkey's history on Kayaköy tours. This historical village, which was founded in the 18th century on the site of the Lycian town of Karmylassos, was once inhabited and later deserted by Turkey's Greek population. Now, it is a deserted village with hundreds of Greek-style homes and churches covering a small mountainside, which have been mainly preserved giving visitors on best Kayaköy tours a sense of time standing still, and a perspective into what life was like a century ago.

Kayaköy is becoming a favourite destination for many seeking a tranquil retreat into the natural surroundings of the ancient town's ruins on a guided tour to Kayaköy, which happens to be one of the most beautiful and mesmerising spots in Turkey. It is so beautiful that actor and director Russell Crowe shot parts of his debuting directorial film "The Water Diviner" in Kayaköy this spring. Kayaköy is also presumed to be the setting for the book "Birds Without Wings," penned by Louis de Bernières,' the author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." Kayaköy became a protected archaeological site in 1988 and has also been adopted by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.

In the 19th century, Kayaköy was a thriving town, where Turkey's Muslims and Greek heritage Christian Orthodox lived together in harmony. Following the loss of World War I, the end of the Ottoman Empire and the Greco-Turkish War, which was the western front of the Turkish War of Independence, all Greek-heritage Christians were deported while all Muslim Turks were expelled from Greece in a massive mutual population exchange that took place in 1923.

For Kayaköy, this meant the desertion of hundreds of homes, schools and dozens of churches. Any residents that remained deserted after the Fethiye earthquake of 1957 and the village has remained somewhat intact, sans roofs, doors and windows since then. Now a historical site for visitors on a private Kayaköy tour which includes two well-preserved churches, which still have frescoes, mosaics and even an ossuary, with the remaining bones left behind when the Greeks took the skulls of their ancestors with them.

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