Welcome to Üçağız & Kekova
Declared off limits to development, Üçağız (ooch-eye-iz) is a quaint fishing and farming village in an idyllic setting on a bay amid islands and peninsulas. Little has changed here over the years and the teensy squiggle of lanes behind the harbour remains a watercolour-worthy scene of rustic cottages. Üçağız is a regular stop on the gület yacht circuit and the jumping-off point for visiting the sunken city at Kekova and the secluded settlement of Kaleköy. Tour buses descend on the car park daily during summer, groups are rushed onto the waiting boats and then shuffled back onto the buses at the end of the day, when Üçağız snaps back into snooze mode for the evening. Staying overnight, with little to do except appreciate the glorious silence, is a delight.
To the west, on the Sıçak Peninsula, is Aperlae, an isolated and evocative ancient Lycian city on the Lycian Way.