Kalkan, Xanthos, Ufakdere, Inönü Bay
On Day Three we’ll visit Kalkan. The shops and open-air restaurants here can easily occupy you all day, but if you fancy a change, you can hire a car and visit some of the local attractions. There are Lycian ruins at Patara and Xanthos, while the spectacular Saklıkent Gorge is the second longest in Europe. Don’t miss the boat, though – after lunch we’re moving on to Ufakdere, uninhabited except for a few goats, followed by the remote and rocky Inönü Bay for the night.
Aquarium Bay, Kocakarı Bay
Aquarium Bay, where we’ll stop on Day Four, is named for the rich variety of sea life found in its waters. Take a snorkel and see how many different kinds of fish you can spot! Alternatively, look for Roman ruins on the islands to either side of the channel. We’ll reach Kocakarı Bay, our peaceful haven for the night, in plenty of time to watch the sun go down, perhaps while enjoying a glass of something.
Simena, Üçağız, Gökkaya Bay
The next day takes us to one of the most famous tourist attractions in the area, the Sunken City at Simena. In the second century AD, an earthquake caused houses and harbour to slip under the waves, where their remains and foundations can easily be seen from the deck. Present-day Üçağız is a pretty village nestled on the side of a hill, offering home-made refreshments to weary hikers along with beautiful views over the bay. After stopping off at Katır Iskelesi, or ‘Mule Bay’, we’ll moor at Gökkaya. This bay is a popular overnight resting-place, with its own open-air nightclub in one of the many inlets. You can also see the cave where pirates once hid their treasure for safe-keeping.