Kekova, Turkey – Daytrip from Kalkan

Kekova is a very popular place, especially with yachters, as it is one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast.  This beautiful place makes for a wonderful day out on a boat and tours are run by many Kalkan tour agencies.

The name “Kekova” is Turkish for “plain of thyme” and describes the area of and around the ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena (partially submerged by several earthquakes in the 2nd century A.D.   A charming mix of ancient, medieval and modern history makes the Kekova area interesting as well as beautiful.  In ancient times Simena was a small fishing village, later a Crusaders’ outpost of the Knights of St. John and now the sleepy fishing village of Kale.

Kekova is an enjoyable place to visit for its beauty alone.  It is a peaceful place of history, gorgeous turquoise water, sun, islands, unspoilt nature, blue skies and lots of wonderful(!!) swimming.  A great day trip from Kalkan.


Lycian sarchophagi dot Kekova’s coastline


Village of Kale topped by a Crusaders’ castle


Sunken staircase at Simena


Village of Kale