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.
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.
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.
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.
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.