Jacinto in Cairo

15 September 2006

Turkey, Part 3 - Lycian Peninsula

Another overnight bus ride brought us to Olimpos, site of a different Mt. Olympos, but also a dwelling place of Zeus. From here we caught a 4-day-3-night cruise along the Lycian coast, so named for the ancient Lycians who settled here in ancient Greek times. Their ruins dot the coast and the interior of the peninsula. Below you can see our boat, which had a crew of 3 Turkish sailors-who-looked-like-surfers and 8 other passengers from Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey.

We sailed from Olimpos to Kerkova, with its Lycian citadel, to the Sunken City, an old Lycian city that slid into the water after an earthquake (you can see the corner of a building if you look closely). And yes, the water is that perfect. We'd frequently pull into a protected little natural harbor and just dive in.

Probably the most beautiful stop on the "Blue Voyage" was St. Nicholas Island. The ruins in this part of Turkey are really special. They are not grandiose or in tact the way they are in some places, but sparse and nestled into the land. It's like you have access to how the locals fished, herded, prayed, and played.

After docking in Fethiye, Bettina and I backtracked down the coast to Patara. 18 unbroken kilometers of soft sand beach, fed by a freshwater river from the interior. To get there from the village, you walk through the ruins of a Lycian town, past a lighthouse the Turkish navy is in the slow process of rebuilding with the original stones, over the massive sanddunes, through some brush until a beach so big you can't take it all in opens up in front of you. Due to the ruins and the dunes, the beach is protected from development, which has left Patara sparsely visited - an ideal place to chill out for a few days, which we did, for the last four days of our Turkish vacation.


At 2:22 AM, Blogger Alexandra said...

The pictures look incredible and the trip sounds amazing. Both of you look great.


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