For 8YTL you can wander the houses, shops, schools, windmills, tavernas and churches of this beautiful and serene place. Entering the houses is weird as you get a feeling of being somewhere you shouldn't be, as if someone had left their front door open and you
One of the churches has an interesting bone depository where the bones of the dead are collected after apparently being buried in a temporary grave then exhumed washed with wine and stored in the bone depository, this of course only adds to the eeriness of the entire place particularly when combined with the constant screeching of the birds coming from the church.
Bone depository at Kataponagia church in Kayakoy
Kayaköy know by the Greeks as Levissi was a town of Greek speaking Christians with a population of approximately 2000 in 1900. The town was established on the ancient Lycian site of Carmylessus after the origanal town of Levissi located on Gemiler Island was repeatedly attacked by pirates and raiders (around 700AD) forcing the population to flee inland the new Levissi prospered and grew until it was abandoned in 1923 at the end of the Greco-Turkish war. A population exchange was agreed between the Turkish and Greek governments affecting around 2 million people who were effectively de-naturalised then forcibly removed back to homelands many had not previously known.
Since the expulsion were based purely on peoples religious identity many of the 'Greeks' that were removed from Turkey were Turkish speaking Christians likewise some of the expelled 'Turks' were Greek speaking Muslims.Kayaköy were mostly farmers from Macadonia who were ill suited to the town and not used to the climate. They were also scared by rumours that the departing Greeks had poisioned the wells, they mostly migrated to other parts of Turkey in search of suitable farmable land leaving Kayaköy empty.
Greeks and Turks had lived side by side in Kayaköy for years with the Turks occupying the valley floor and farming for a living and the Greeks occupying the town on the hillside and were mostly professional tradesman.
Today in Kayakoy there remains about 500 hundred houses plus two Greek orthodox church's, school, shops, tavernas and 17th century water fountain. The town is protected by the Turkish government and it is rumoured they intend to do a large-scale restoration. Kayaköy was adopted by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.
It is easy To find a day trip to Kayakoy from Olu Deniz, Fethiye or Hisaronu. It is easily accessible by car. There is also an hourly Dolmus that runs between Hisaronu and Kayakoy. We choose to stay there for a couple of nights as it is peaceful and uncrowned. There are a few pensions in the valley all of which are very reasonably priced. We stayed at the Selcuk pension which had some nice balcony rooms that overlooked the valley and deserted town.