Kayaköy Ghost Village in Pictures

I almost did not visit Kayaköy (Karmylassos) as I read a review from someone else stating it was a tiresome trip and not worth it. He was right that it was tiresome, it was crazy steep and is definitely not a walk for children or elders. That didn’t stop me.

To get the most out of the abandoned ghost village wear your best non-slippery-flats and bring your best camera and water; Kayaköy makes for an awesome picturesque backdrop scene. You could even bring a  light lunch and have a picnic on the highest point with the chapel.

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Kayaköy  was built in the 18th century, inhabited by Anatolian Greek Christians before the First World War, for more than 800 years, and abandoned in 1923 after a population exchange between Turkey and Greece forcing over 3000 Greeks to abandon and flee from their homes in Turkey. Kayaköy suffered by an earthquake in 1856 (which hit Fethiye) and a fire in 1885. The Greeks never did return to the village, and Turks did not settle here, so today only the ruins witness of what once was. The walls remain, but the rooftops seem to have been sliced off.

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Catch the bus to Kayaköy from Hisarönu or Fethiye (8 km). Visit in the early morning while the mist lays over the abandoned ruins.

My rating: ♥♥♥♥

Sights in Kayaköy

The settlement had two churches; Church of Panagia (Our Lady of the Sign) and Pirgiotis (Lower Church), 14 chapels, two schools, a hospital and a library.

Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church)

The first church from the main road where the bus stops. It is placed on a hilltop where you get great views of the ruins underneath.

Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church, Taksiyarhis), - Kayaköy Ghost Village Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church, Taksiyarhis), - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church, Taksiyarhis), - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Inside Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church, Taksiyarhis), - Kayaköy Ghost Village (1) Inside Yukarı Kilise (Upper Church, Taksiyarhis), - Kayaköy Ghost Village (2)

Aşağı Kilise (Lower Church)

Beautiful exterior, not to be missed. The inside was under construction so the pictures in here did not turn out too good.

Avlu (Courtyard) - Kayaköy Ghost Village Aşağı Kilise (The Lower Church) - Kayaköy Ghost Village Aşağı Kilise (The Lower Church) - Kayaköy Ghost Village Aşağı Kilise (The Lower Church) - Kayaköy Ghost Village (3) Aşağı Kilise (The Lower Church) - Kayaköy Ghost Village (5) Aşağı Kilise (The Lower Church) - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Little Chapel

It is what it is. It’s the view that is magnificent. Bring your lunch up here, so you can take a break taking in the view before heading down the steep hillside again.

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More sights

Kayaköy Ghost Village ruin with cross engraving

Kayaköy Ghost Village ruin with cross engraving


Kayaköy Ghost Village blue faded ruin

Blue faded ruin


Otosan 500 Pick-Up - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Otosan 500 Pick-Up


Preserved ruin - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Preserved building

 Restaurants in Kayaköy

Izela Restaurant - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Izela Restaurant


Kayaköy Ghost Village restaurant area

Kayaköy Ghost Village restaurant area


Bülent'in Yeri (Bülent's Place) - Kayaköy Ghost Village

Bülent’in Yeri (Bülent’s Place)


Kayaköy Ghost Village Antik restaurant

Antik Restaurant

Animals in the village

Kayaköy Ghost Village animals Kayaköy Ghost Village mules

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