Taking in the Ghost Town of Kayakoy while Sailing Turkey
In southwest Turkey, eight kilometres south of the popular resort of Fethiye, visitors can happen upon a town with a difference. Occupied by Greek Christians until 1923, the town of Kayakoy fell by the wayside following the population exchange in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War.
Largely abandoned by the Turks who inherited it, today Kayakoy exists only as a ghost town. Preserved as a museum town and UNESCO World Friendship and Peace Village, visitors to the spot can wander the cobbled streets and eerie abandoned buildings. Hundreds of small rundown houses, as well as disused shops and two Orthodox churches line the walkways and paths of Kayakoy and the local museum dedicated to the town’s intriguing history is well worth a visit.
In addition, as a town built into the hillside, it affords fantastic views of the surrounding areas; the best are to be had from the little chapel about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Kayakoy and it is little surprise that it is a popular stop for keen photographers and hikers on the Lycian Way trail as well as those sailing Turkey’s coastline on a boating holiday.