Other Outdoor Activities
This is an exciting alternative for exploring the Kekova-Simena region. You can paddle right over ancient ruins, getting a super view of them, at your own pace.
Since the area is off-limits to swimmers and divers, kayaking gives you the closest view of the underwater foundations, walls and mosaics dating back 2,000 years. Tours often disembark at the village of Kaleköy, inaccessible by road and topped with a castle of the Knights of Rhodes that gives an excellent panoramic view of the area.
For more information and
photos, visit the website of
Bougainville Travel, based in Kaş (near Kalkan). They also offer
overnight camping or week-long kayaking tours based in Gocek and Kekova.
People with previous experience have the option to do freedom rentals.
Contact Bougainville Travel about transfers from resorts other than Kaş.
on the Xanthos River
Enjoy a fun day river canoeing on the Xanthos River. Experienced river guides take on a journey across ancient Lycian lands of lush and tranquil nature with a break for a BBQ lunch. The ride is downstream, so it's not hard going. The journey ends at Patara beach with time for a swim. Enquire at a local tour agency about this activity.
Trekking in the mountains behind Kaş is some of the most beautiful scenery in the Taurus range. Below the tree line and winter snow are the yayla (highland plateaus).
Falling away from them; canyons, gorges and passes, down which in spring the melting snow rushes. Many of these gorges were important trade routes, some still in use, some completely forgotten, though all at one time jealousy guarded. The scenery is dramatic: extensive pine and cedar forest, outcrops of juniper and plane and varied maquis are topped by the impressive Ak (White) Mountains; often snowcapped unit July. Until recently the tracks between villages were for donkeys and pack animals and these tracks can still now be followed, describing meandering and varied terrain instead of the direct vehicle roads which replaced them.
Jeep safari is an exhilerating way to experience the countryside of Lycia. Bougainville Travel offers tours of the mountains over Kaş (see description above). Contact Bougainville Travel about transfers from resorts other than Kaş.
Bougainville Travel offers innovative mountain biking adventures. The routes are a mixture of little-used asphalt roads and rough backcountry roads.
Scenery is spectacular: mountain valleys, streams, canyons, unknown ancient cities and authentic mountain villages. One-day descents usually come from the mountains back to stunning views of the Mediterranean coast. A fun and exhilarating day out, and most of it downhill! Longer tours and the option to rent top spec or basic bicycles are also available.
For more information and photos, visit the
Bougainville Travel, based in Kaş (near Kalkan). Contact
Bougainville Travel about transfers from resorts other than Kaş.
Canyoning is a new and exciting outdoor activity to this part of Turkey. Jumping into clear cool pools of water, abseiling down waterfalls. Sometimes swimming through narrow passages, sometimes climbing boulders, sometimes walking.
Descents are made wearing wet suits and carrying waterproof packs and containers, some require the use of ropes and harnesses. Dry or wet, they are sometimes challenging but always spectacular.
Bougainville Travel, based in Kaş (near Kalkan) runs these expeditions and conforms to international standards of safety using only best materials. They use several local canyons including the famous Saklıkent Gorge. All you need is a head for heights, the ability to swim and a taste for adventure.
For more information and photos, visit the website of Bougainville Travel, contact them about transfers from resorts other than Kaş.