Day 11: Coastal drive to Kras

Dalyan to Kras

After Dalyan we drove southward to Kras a town by the coast. The distance was 170km and there were many sites along the route to stop and visit. We stopped at only at three of these “many” sites.

route to Kras

route to Kras

Ancient city of Telmessos

From Dalyan to Fethiye was slightly more than an hour drive. At Fethiye was the ruins of “Ancient City of Telmessos”. Telmessos was a flourishing city in the west of Lycia, on the Gulf of Fethiye. The Lycian rock tombs was one ot the symbols of the ancient city.

Lucian rock tombs

Lucian rock tombs

The most beautiful and famous was the ancient tomb, built on two pillars belonging to King Amyntas (son of El Magios) dating back to the 4th century BC. This tomb sites was easy to access. After parking our car we walked a short distance up a slope of a hill to the entrance of the tomb. Entry tickets was 40tl per person. From the entrance they were more slopes and steps leading up to all the tombs carved into the hill.

Magnificient Lucian Rock Tombs

Magnificient Lucian Rock Tombs

We managed to looked into some of the tombs, inside was a big dark empty room. No coffins at all.

Babadag Teleferik

Babadag Cable Car Ride turned up to be a lovely surprise. The teleferik station was about 16 minutes drive from Fethiye. There we saw a modern glass station where we bought two cable car tickets. The ticket per person was 225tl.

Babadag Teleferik Ground Station

Babadag Teleferik Ground Station

There were two upper stations, one at 1200m and the other at 1700m elevation. The cable car stopped at 1200m and did not go up the the 1700m station. The view outside the station was stunning. The Mediterranean Sea was unbelievable blue.

Babadag Teleferik Station 1200m elevation

Babadag Teleferik Station 1200m elevation

At 1200m we saw many skydrivers doing jumps. We had a great time watching them flying up into the sky, floating gracefully and disappearing into dots. 

There was also a cafe at the upper station deck. It had an open terrace and we sat down at one of its tables to have a coffee break. It felt so amazing, so satisfying and so blissful to sit and sip coffee in this gorgeous blue environment.

Cafe Latte at 1200m Babadag Teleferik

Cafe Latte at 1200m Babadag Teleferik

Butterfly Valley

On the way to Buttery Valley which was about 9 km from Babadag Teleferik Station we saw Ölüdeniz beach from a high viewpoint. The bay looked so lovely, so white and blue. Oludeniz certainly deserved to be listed as one of the most beautiful beach of Turkiye.

Ölüdeniz Beach

Ölüdeniz Beach

When we reached the high view point of Butterfly Valley we were surprised that the place was crowded with visitors. We did not expected this location to be so well known or visited. We managed to find a parking space along road and came out to explore. It was not easy to catch a good view of the valley as the “barricade ledge” did not protrude far enough.

Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley

Buttery Valley resembled the “Shipwretch Cove” of Zakythos of Greece. Of the two, Shipwretch Cove was much lovelier.

A lovely view on our way to Kras

A lovely view on our way to Kras

Our stay in Kas

Our stay for for night was Kale Apartment in Kras. On our way to the apartment we went into the town supermarket to pick up some grocery. Our studio was on the third level and it was suppose to have a balcony with a sea view.

The apartment was great, it had a proper kitchen for cooking. The disappointment was the view from the balcony. It did not have the view that was advertised for the hotel listing in Booking.com. Standing at the balcony we only had a partial view of the sea. It seemed that the view shown in the online listing was limited to only thelarger apartments that had a balcony facing the sea directly. How we wished hosts of hotels were more “honest” with their pictures.

Partial sea view from the balcony

Partial sea view from the balcony

We cooked two meals (dinner and breakfast) at the apartment. It was simple but we enjoyed them very much as we were getting “tired” of eating typical Turkish meal. The cost of the apartment for one night was Eur52.

Homecook dinner and breakfast

Homecook dinner and breakfast

Accommodations in Kas

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