From Gocek to Finike
Gocek • Olu Deniz • Gemiler • Tersane • Kalkan • Kas • Gulf of Kekova • Finike • Gocek
Mythology records that Apollo was born at Patara, a principal harbor of ancient Lycia , south of Letoon and Xanthos. The ruins are numerous and fascinating. Its twenty-two kilometers of pure white sand stretch as far as the eye can see, making it a natural choice for all types of beach sports.
Kekova, "the home of the sun" for some, "the island of the partridges" for others, is an island, as well as the name of a whole ensemble of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient cities. These bays provide natural harbors in all seasons, and yachtsmen particularly enjoy exploring the unspoiled landscapes. Along the northern shore of Kekova Island, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clear water, creating a sunken city. Kalekoy Castle (ancient Simena) offers a bird's-eye view of the bays, inlets, islands and colorful yachts, sailing peacefully on the glassy water. Kekova provides an incredible setting against the blue skies, orange sunsets, starry nights, playful dolphins, mythological mysteries, and the sparkling sea, all set in peace and tranquility.
At Demre (Kale), the ancient city of Myra (25 km west of Finike), many splendidly carved rock tombs overlook the magnificent Roman theatre. You can also visit the tomb of St.Nicholas (Santa Claus) who was the bishop of this Mediterranean city during the fourth century and died here in 342. An official entry port, Finike is surrounded by citrus trees and gardens.