We departed Pamukkale super early the next morning and hit the coast. Bus transportation was fairly easy as we made our way through these small towns. Since our trip was so last minute, having the flexibility to book our tickets on the go was really nice because we never felt rushed, and the buses were very reliable so our travel was pretty stress free.
After a busy first week, it was the perfect time to explore the Turquoise Coast starting with the pretty little town of Fathiye. We stayed at our fanciest hotel to date – The Infinity City & Boutique Hotel. My review is on Trip Advisor, but basically it was the most spacious and modern, with a big breakfast spread and great service.
The hotel was located right across from the marina, so we went for a relaxing walk along the water and took our pick of the many patio restaurants that lined the boardwalk.
In the afternoon we hopped on a minibus to Kayakoy, the buses run pretty frequently and can be caught a few blocks from the hotel. Located about 9 kilometers south of Fethiye, Kayakoy used to be the Greek town of Levissi which was deserted during the population exchange. Now all the remains is an eerie ghost town of 4000 + abandoned stone houses.
We spent a quiet afternoon wandering through the ruins and exploring the endless maze of stone houses. It was a nice change from the crowded site of Ephesus and we only ran into a few couples the entire time.
This day was one of the highlights of the trip so far, so peaceful, quiet and haunting. We hiked all the way to the top and it was a pretty impressive view to see the abandoned town from up high.
As dusk set in, we made our way down capturing the town at magic hour.
There were a few animals hanging out among the ruins, we found some sheep and the white horse above looked like a magical unicorn in this mystical setting.
We had dinner at the charming Levissi Garden restaurant located beside the entrance. We enjoyed a delicious lamb shank as the sun set over the ghost town. Marinated in red wine and slow cooked for four hours, it was fall-off-the-bone delicious and the perfect end to our relaxing adventure.