Kekova is a surprising name of an island in the Mediterranean sea which covers only 4,5 square km but always attracts tourists travelling around Turkey. It is situated near the village Kas. The island has an interesting shape as it is a part of a small archipelago. Obviously, the main things which attract travelers here are the ruins of four towns Dolihiste, Simena, Tejmuss and Aperlaja which are covered by the water.

The perfect option to entertain and learn something new is to take a boat tour but the boat must have a transparent bottom to make it possible to view every remnant of an antique civilization. There is an exclusive joy for divers who are coming here to watch the hidden buildings while there are not many zones for diving as the ruins can be damaged from a crowd of visitors.

Historically the Kekova island was a socially developed place in high antiquity as there were pirates, attacks of the enemies, frequent devastations and recoveries from nothing. When there were peaceful period people were cultivating olives and fruit gardens. Turkish came here in the 13th century but the island started to go under the water and it was impossible to stay here.

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Kekova, Turkey

Text: Jevgeniy Nazarenko