Kekova, Antalya, Turkey. A small uninhabited island in the Mediterranean Sea provides a range of versatile outdoor activities. Once claimed by Italy, Kekova ultimately was assigned it to Turkey. An ancient city was established here before Christian era, however it had been destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd century.
Later it flourished again during the Byzantine era, but constant Arab attacks led to finally abandon the island for good. Today the island attracts day trippers from Antalya coast, which features numerous resorts. Crystal clear turquoise water and ancient ruins, that are sunken under the sea or scattered around the island, as well as swimming are popular attractions.
Why to go there?
To explore pristine nature and historic ruins. In the 90’s swimming was prohibited so that to preserve the heritage. However, the prohibition was lifted later and now it is accessible for all sorts of touristic purposes.
When to go there?
The peak season is summer – weather is hot, water is warm and pleasant to bathe in. Most boat tours are also available during this time.
How to get there?
By boat only from the mainland.