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Kekova, where history and nature have come together as one, shelters incredible beauties. An easily accessible place where 'blue voyagers' can feel confident about dropping anchor, Kekova exhibits unbelievable beauty that is a part of history. In reaching Kekova by sea, one can rent a small motorboat from Ka§ or Kale Cayagzi.

After departing Kas, one sails past Uluburun and sets a course for Kekova, a spot that is practia paradise. One first encounters Sicak Peninsula, wh the ancient city of Aperlae is found. At the end of t peninsula are two islands, Toprak and Kara. Kekova Island stretches out from here and it is because of t island that the surrounding region is called Kekova is also called the 'Sunken City' as the histori buildings on Kekova Island sank in the water a result of various earthquakes. Passing between islands and arriving at Kekova, the safest plac{ anchor is off the village of Ucagiz, which is a dec all-round harbor.

If you are arriving overland, you exit Finike - Kas Highway where the signpost says 'Kekova' whereby after driving 19 kilometers, you arrive in the natural wonder which is the viI1age Ucagiz.

This is an area where history mingles with nature and today's lifestyle. There are a numbel ancient cities situated very close to each other hi such as Aperlae on the Sicak Quay, Simena, in sunken city of Kalekoy, Theimussa, which is found Ucagiz, and Istlada, which sits above Gokkaya Cove. In addition to these cities along the coast, there also Apollonia in Kilicli, as well as the ancient ciq Tyberissos, in Cevreli on the road two kilomel outside Ucagiz. Tyberissos stands on a hill overlooking the plain of Tirrnisin at 365 meters above sea-level. At the foot of the mountain, and little above the level of the plain, is an attractive gladc in which are a dozen or so Lycian sarcophagi an number of pigeon-hole tombs. By their inscriptions, they are dated to Hellenistic and Roman times.

The main site is on the two summits of the hill. The northern is the higher and was evidently the acropolis, while as for the southern hill, at its southern end, standing up to 1.5 meters in height, is a small church or chapel, little over 6 meters long, which has replaced a Doric temple. As usual, the majority of the tombs in Tyberissos are sarcophagi, but there are two rock -tombs of house-type, both with inscriptions in Lycian. One of these is near the top of the hill, at the head of a gully leading from the south- east, close to the plain of Tirmisin, and carries a relief of two figures, man and woman, the style suggesting a date around 400 B.C.

From Cevreli, if you go towards Kapakli, y arrive at a place called Enisdibi, about four kilometers down the road. If you walk about the eastern part this field, that is, the side facing the sea, you will m the opportunity to see the famous ancient city Istlada. As the cities around here were small, a few them merged to be represented as one entity in the Lycian League.

For instance; Aperlae, Simena, Apollonia a Isinda were a part of this sympolity. Two kilometl down the road from <;evreli, one reaches t unbelievable beauty of Kekova. This road ends Ucagiz, where one can rent a motorboat to take y out to the sunken city of Simena, on Kalekoy.

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