13 August 2013 | Kekova Roads
Tuesday - Weds, August 13 - 14, 2013
36 10.53'N: 29 49.0'E
We actually sailed under spinnaker the short 14 miles from Kas to the island and bay area known as Kekova Roads. This is a beautiful area, full of ancient ruins including some underwater sites. So naturally it was jammed with every size of tour boat imaginable. Nevertheless, we found a lovely quiet anchorage in the western corner. There were two small restaurants ashore which had signs for a hike to an ancient site. So we dinghied ashore and trudged thru the heat and rocks and red dust to what looked like an ancient town. Later we found out that we needed to walk about ½ mile farther to the other side of the isthmus since the ancient city ruins were underwater in that bay. It seems sometimes that there is just so much to research between studying the Pilot Book for the cruising and navigation essentials, and the tour books for interesting things to see and the weather for the best weather window. Sometimes we miss some of the minor tour highlights, but frankly just how many ancient ruins can one visit?
We observed that all the tour boats arrived in the various small coves after 11 am, so the next morning at 8 am we motored about 2 miles down the bay to a small cove where there were clearly ruins of an ancient breakwater, churches and cisterns and other buildings. We arrived there before all the tour boats and enjoyed that area by snorkeling over the ruins and hiking ashore. Then we took the dinghy to another area in search of what the chart listed as more parts of a sunken city. Found nothing but beautiful clear water. Next we motored over to the small village for lunch, tying up to a restaurant "dock" (using that term loosely!) and before enjoying lunch at that restaurant, we hiked up a very steep climb behind the village to the ancient castle from which there is a spectacular view of the entire bay. After lunch we moved the short mile to another small village where we anchored for the night.
The entire bay has many coves and while we only visited 4 of them, it was one of our favorite places for both beautiful anchorages and many interesting ancient ruins.