Great walk with stunning views all the way. The trekking route from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz is a memorable experience. It starts from the ruins of Kayaköy ( Ghost Town ) and goes all the way to the famous beach of Ölüdeniz. Catch your first glimpse of the blue lagoon from the Lycian Way high above, one of the most famous sights on the Lycian Way. There are plenty of spots with fantastic of views to photograph.
Kayakoy Originally built in the 1700s, the town called Karmylassos in Greek was home to as many as 20,000 Greek Orthodox residents by the early twentieth century. The messy fallout of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire led to the land grabs of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922).
In Kayakoy, approximately 350 homes now sit empty and mostly roofless, along with two Greek Orthodox churches and the fountains and cisterns that watered the city. Harsh winters and strong winds have stripped the buildings down to ruins, making the town look ancient.
The residents of Kayakoy, who had thus far lived peacefully with their Turkish neighbors, abandoned the town and went to Greece, which was struggling to find places for the nearly 200,000 refugees of the exchange, added to the more than a million former Turkish residents who had fled before the official exchange. Over 300,000 Turks were forcibly removed from Greece to a war-ravaged, but land-rich, Turkey in exchange. The polar explorer and Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian scientist Fridtjof Nansen was assigned the task of organizing the exchange.
Total Hiking Time : 3.5 – 4 Hours