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Aperlai & Apollonia Review

West of Kekova are two small, infrequently visited ruins, linked together by a section of the Lycian Way; they make a good day trip or overnight excursion for those who want to get off the beaten track. Apollonia is minor site on a small hill just southwest of the village of Sahil Kılınçlı on the Kaş–Üçağız road 7 km (4½ miles) south of the highway. Take the branch road through the village, then head west when you get to the top of the rise. First you'll see a good range of ancient Lycian tombs, scattered east and north of the walled acropolis hill. Continue west for the city proper; there's a small theater and a well-preserved church with views west over the coast toward Kaş. Back on the side road, look for the signed turnoff to the right, then walk two hours down the hill to the ruins of Aperlai on a pretty little inlet. The city walls are impressively intact. Buildings inside them include a well-preserved church, houses, and a bath by the water, as well the sunken remains of the ancient port—which you can explore with a mask and snorkel from the nearby Purple House pansiyon. If all of that activity makes you hungry, the Purple House has a restaurant; from Aperlai a 20-minute walk takes you to an alternate eatery on the Kekova inlets. Another three hours, first inland, and then along the water, will take you to Üçağız. Some boats will drop you at the inlet, and give you time to walk to Aperlai and back.

Updated: 12-20-2013

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