I plan trips and take people around the world through my site at “Travel Spirit Meetup” and for the eight night Turkey trip in mid-September, six people joined me for four nights on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and four nights in Istanbul. One of the adventures I was really looking forward to was hiking a small portion of the Lycian Way trail along Turkey’s turquoise coast. Everyone arrived from the States and settled into our accommodations at Villa Rhapsody the first day, and after a delicious poolside breakfast the following morning, we walked 10 minutes from our Villa to the ghost village of Kayakoy and began exploring.
The village was deserted by the Greek Orthodox that inhabited the village during the 1923 forced exchange between Turkey and Greece. Our goal was to take the trail head that leads from the village and hike seven kilometers to the town of Oludeniz. During my research at home before the trip I found a great website with information about the hike, and read other information, but we still experienced some difficulty finding the trail head. Another couple armed with a map were also a bit lost. The trail is marked with red and yellow paint stripes on rocks along the way. One of our groups’ members took off ahead of us exploring the ghost village and once we’d found the trail head, we shouted for him to no avail, and another member went off looking for him, which added another 10-15 minutes wait. We weren’t able to find him and with the knowledge that he would be able to make his way back to the Villa if necessary, decided to begin our hike.
There are a number of ways to enter the ghost village, one of which requires a fee of 5 Lira ($1.65) and of course that’s the entrance we found.
The ghost village was amazing! The sunlight illuminated the windows of the decaying buildings.