General Turquoise Coast questions
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 21, 2012 8:05 AM Last Post By: Julianne422
Dec 30, 2011 9:38 AM
General Turquoise Coast questionsHi there,
I'm travelling with family (6 people in total) around Turkey in May, and have a few general questions re: logistics:
-How long does it take to hike through Butterfly Valley and back to Oludeniz?
-Is it possible to hire out a gulet for a short trip for 6 people from Kas, such as to Limanagzi beach?
-How long does it take to hike from Ucagiz to Simena?
-Is the boat out to Kekova Island pretty frequent/easy, or should we arrange one ahead of time? We were hoping to spend an overnight on Kekova
-Is it easy to book sea kayaking around sunken Simena from Kekova Island?
Dec 30, 2011 9:40 AM
Dec 30, 2011 12:09 PM
2I wouldn't recommend "hiking" out of Butterfly Valley unless you and all members of your party are extremely fit and are experienced free-climbers. The climb out of the valley includes ascending some very steep cliffs with the help of ropes and even of you reach the top safely, it's a further 1 and a half to 2 hours walk to Oludeniz.
If you really want to visit Butterfly Valley, take a boat from Oludeniz and return by the same method.
Dec 31, 2011 2:15 AM
3As Kayakoy walker said, the walk from Butterfly Valley up or down is not to be recommended. It is extremely steep. If there has been any rain or morning dew it is treachorous.
You can walk from Ovacik to Faralya at the top of Butterfly Valley in about 3 hours following the Lycian Way marked paths
and look at it, have a swim in one of the Pensions - George House or Montenegro (perhaps plus lunch?) to cool off. Then you
have the choice of walking back on the relatively lightly used asphalt road or taking a dolmus.
There are many boats for rent in Kas to take a short trip - you will be able to find them in the harbour - gulets will be more expensive than fishing boats so bargain hard. The walk from Kas to Limanagiz is a nice walk if you don't find one that you like!
Walking from Ucagiz to the castle at Simena takes about 90 minutes depending on how many photo stops you have.
There is no accommodation available on Kekova island and I do not believe that it is possible to camp there because of the ruins. Ask a local operator to be sure eg http://en.dragoman-turkey.com/t/12/. There is limited accommodation in the form of small bed and breakfast (= pensions) in Ucagiz and around the castle at Simena but I would try to book in advance as with 6 people you will fill the pension!
The sea kayaking gear is kept at Ucagiz (Not Simena but they do paddle round there) but the tours are arranged by companies in Kas who bring the groups, guides and refeshments with them, so you would be best to arrange your trip while you are in Kas before arriving in Ucagiz. In addition May is quite early season for sea kayaking so although there are 6 or so companies who offer kayaking they may not all be operating.
Try Dragoman (above) and BT http://www.bougainville-turkey.com/about-us/ first.
Jan 1, 2012 9:47 AM
4Great, thanks for the response! So then are these places actually in Simena?
It'd be nice if we could drive from Kas to Ucagiz, leave our car in Ucagiz overnight, hike to Simena then kayak from there later on in the day, rather than have to go back to Kas, does that sound possible? Thanks for your input!
Jan 2, 2012 11:39 AM
5All 4 Kale, Mehtap,Simena and Ankh are on the area we have been calling Simena otherwise known as Kale (castle)
Telemenin Evi is in Ucagiz but there are more there to check out .
Yes you can leave your car in Ucagiz and walk to Simena.
You can take your kayaking trip from Ucagiz if you book it in
advance and check where they will meet.
Sounds like fun
Jan 4, 2012 3:50 AM
6Note that the village that everyone locally calls Kekova is actually called Uçağız. The village of Kaleköy is where the castle is located and between them is where the ancient sunken city of Simena is located. There is also Kekova Island. Here is a Google map of the area: http://g.co/maps/hx3sc
We Hobbits live on the Mediterranean (Lycian) Coast near Kaş. Limanağzı beach could be swam to if you are a good swimmer, there are regular boats going back and forth to it. Hire a gulet/ketch for a day if you want a short cruise of the coastline. As others have recommended, I would keep a residence in Kaş and travel out from there. You can take a boat to Kekova from Kaş or a local bus (dolmuş). The adventure companies mentioned above can easily arrange sea kayak trips and in May the weather will be purrfect for that. :-)
Here is an article in the Zaman newspaper about the area:
The three Ks: Kaş, Kaleköy and Kastellorizo 24 July 2011, Sunday by Pat Yale, Antalya
"Ask Turks to name their favorite holiday resort and most will plump immediately for Bodrum...Ask an expat the same question and most will chorus Kaş. You won’t need to be in Kaş for long to fall for its charms."
Also see my comments here about a gulet and other stuff:
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