Our pension 7 Number 2 persons - 2 of 3 people - 1 in our first room is available.
How do you think we fit in this tiny house 10 rooms .. We will certainly do our best to disrupt this beauty and beauty as well as doing whatever is necessary to accommodate more guests we
Nearest airports are Dalaman (181km) and Antalya (140km). Kale Köyü, no roads and only accessible by sea, is hidden under a castle 3km from the bigger village of Üçağiz. Nearest towns are Kaş (31km) and Demre (15km). This is the mountainous ‘Turquoise Coast’ of southern Turkey. Weather normally sunny, calm and hot. (occasional short storms).
We are in the ancient Lycean region which had it’s heyday in 500 BC. Lycean tombs, foundations, harbours and rock cuttings are all around us, some preserved under water, some in the village it’s self; all largely unexcavated. There are no big hotels and no mass tourism. No discos in the village.
The family run Kale Pansiyon is is the premier pension in the village. It is on the water’s edge. There are 9 air-conditioned double rooms all en suite with western style WCs, all rooms have large balconies facing the sea and Kekkova island. Also a small secluded house. Excellent kitchen serving simple traditional food. English and German spoken. Moonlit dinners on the pier are unforgettably romantic. Salih Can, the owner, and his family have a friendly, human touch and take pride in making everyone feel at ease. This is not a 5 star hotel but it is very adequate and what it lacks in hotel stars it makes up for in atmosphere and character.
Transfer from Dalaman and Antalya airports can be arranged in either an air-conditioned cae or mini bus
Six features give the village and pension their special character: The mountainous coast. The village life. No cars, no roads. The superb weather. The ancient history. And the absence of mass tourism, only day trippers on boats. Each of these is described in turn below.
With these wonderful features there is no need to advertise this little village with flowery phrases or exaggeration. None of your 'steeped in the history of time'. 'Wine dark seas'. Or 'Sunkissed terraces'. The facts speak for themselves.
The village is on a rocky promontory, facing due South and hidden from the mainland. Your first sight of it takes your breath away. Your boat from Ucagiz sweeps around small islands and rocks and suddenly there it is; tumbling down to the water front from a Norman castle on the hilltop
This is the mountainous Lycean coast of Turkey. The massive Tauros mountains are clearly visible 15 miles away. Patchily snow covered for much of the year, they go up to 10,000ft. The foothills go down into the sea, so the coast at Kale Köyü has many islands, coves, cliffs, caves and inlets. There are no beaches. The sea life is rich. A surprisingly large variety of fish is available in the local restaurants.
There are about 12 families in the village, 100 people in all. With hardly any exceptions they are all amazingly friendly and generous, and they have a natural dignity and honesty which is rare in Western Europe. Doors are never locked.
They quickly get to know your name, especially the young girls trying gently to charm you into buying embroidered scarves, bracelets and necklaces whigh they make themselves. Most locals speak some English or German. People returning for a second holiday get a shy smile of recognition, then a big welcome.
Because the whole village looks down onto the water, and because the only way to come and go is by boat,. Everybody can see who is coming and going and guess very accurately what their business is. This gives rise, not so much to village gossip, though there is lots of that, as to a sense of community. . You can feel that the village is one big private club. They accept foreign visitors readily, and it feels a priviledge to be accepted.
There are half a dozen simple restaurants in the village.
The actual name of the village is delightfully confusing. Kale Koyu, probably the most commonly used name, simply means castle village, and few people more than 20 miles away will know that name. There are dozens of castle villages, and this is a small one. Ucagiz Kale Koyu is also used but it's a bit of a mouthful. The name on British admiralty charts is Kale Ucagiz but they give that same name to the bigger local village of Ucagiz as well so that's not very convincing.. The villagers themselves mostly call it Kekkova which is the name of the island opposite. The old greek name for the village was Simena and this is the name preferred by knowledgeable travellers and intellectually minded tourists. So you can take your pick and are well advised to select the name best suited to your company: taxi driver, archaeologist, yachtsman, villager, etc.
NO CARS, NO ROADS
You can only get to Kale Koyu by boat. There are no roads, no cars. People get around by boat. Most families have at least one of the 20 ft, traditional, slow revving, diesel engined, wooden caiques. They use them as frequently as one uses the family car. And of course the villagers do a lot of small boat fishing. Some of the young girls are keen rowers and fishers.
If you want to hire a car you can leave it parked round the corner in Ucagiz.
There is no mains water and no spring water to the village so water gets shipped in daily in the same 20ft caiques. One is asked to use water sparingly but there is plenty for normal domestic use, showers, etc. It never runs out.(Mains water is scheduled for 2002)
The weather is usually lovely. Hot and sunny all day long. Windy storms can blow for 3 or 4 days on end, very rarely longer. These can occur say twice a month.
The night skys are almost always clear giving the most lovely starlight. And the moon shines clean and bright
There are no beaches. But the swimming and snorkelling is excellent.
The village is picturesque and good for painting.
ANCIENT HISTORY ALL AROUND
Extensive ancient Lycean remains are all around the area. Most of them unexcavated. The Lyceans were in their heyday around 500 BC There are about 20 splendid free standing tombs up beside the Norman castle. A small ancient greek theatre is cut into the rock inside this castle. Several village houses are built onto bits of old tomb. One tomb, much photographed, stands in the waterfront. The solid piers of a substantial harbour can be clearly seen 10 feet underwater 70 yards from the village. The remains of an ancient town with half a mile of waterfront, now half submerged, can be seen on Kekkova island half a mile away mile right opposite Kale Koyu. It is a tourist attraction known as 'the Sunken City'.
There are many more ancient remains in the local area. A walled Byzantine town 5 miles away at Aperlae. Ancient Myra, 10 miles away, is a splendid ancient greek site. Later Father Christmas (St Nicholas) lived there in 300AD. The list goes on and on.
NO MASS TOURISM ONLY DAY TRIPPERS ON BOATS
Because of the mountainous countryside the roads are narrow and winding in places. So the slow three hour drive from the nearest airports (Dalaman or Antalya) has discouraged the development of mass tourism. There are no large hotels or holiday villages within 20 miles. And the absence of roads to the village it's self makes mass tourism almost impossible.
Many visitors come to the village on day trips by boat. They stay an hour or two, going up to the castle and tombs, visiting the sunken city and eating on board their boats. During the day it can get quite noisy and busy. But at weekends, mornings and evenings they are all gone and the village is quietly time warped 70 years back in time
There is laughter and fun in Kale Koyu. But no discos.