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The Turquoise Coast Sights

Kastellorizon

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Updated 11/21/2013

Fodor's Review

The hour-long boat ride to the Greek island of Kastellorizon (called Meis in Turkey) gives you a taste of Greece and lets you imagine what Kaş must have been like before the 1923 population exchange, when most residents were of Greek origin.

Isolated from the rest of its country, Kastellorizon has escaped major tourist development and maintains the charm of an island that time forgot. Attractions include a small 12th- to 16th-century crusader castle, notable for

its crenellated gray-stone walls; a large cave with fine stalactites; and the 1835 church of St. Konstantine and Eleni, which reused granite columns taken from the Temple of Apollo at Letoon in Lycia (usually locked).

Meis Express (wwww.meisexpress.com, 242/836–1725) has an office on Kaş's waterfront, with ferry departures at 10:20 am daily; afternoon trips, returning in the evening, are sometimes available. In either case, expect to pay about 55 TL for a return ticket. Since the typical day trip only enables you to see Kastellorizon when most Greeks are having their midday siesta, it's worth overnighting at one of the island's hotels or pansiyons; try Hotel Kastellorizo (wwww.kastellorizohotel.gr, 224/604–9044) on the harborfront.

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