26.10.2011 - 26.10.2011 24 °C
Another morning of travelling this morning. Fortunately it wasn’t a super early start so it meant we could at least spend a bit of time before we had to get going. We left the beauty of the white terraces and headed to Fetihye a town down on the Med!!
Bus trip was as exciting as all of the others but the landscape has again started to change. The closer we got to Fetihye the mountains started to be covered by pine trees and there seemed to be far more vegetation. We arrived at Fetihye mid afternoon with our first stop being a very quick stop to see Lycean rock tombs (similar looking to Petra but not on the same scale). The Lycean’s were a group of people who lived here in this part of Turkey before the Roman’s moved in. In fact, they committed mass suicide twice after the Roman’s invaded to ensure they wouldn’t lose their identity!! Clearly the first time they weren’t successful so they had to come back and do it all over again!!
We are actually staying at a tiny village outside of Fetiyhe called Kaya Village. The village is in a basin that is ringed by mid sized rocky mountains and is at the base of a ghost village. It is quite surreal to see this abandoned stone town built up on the mountain side and then to see normal-ish (by our standards.. normal by Turkey standards) houses below in the basin! The city has been abandoned since the mid 1920s. It was abandoned by its inhabitants because they were forced by the govt to migrate from Turkey to Greece. What happened was that back before 1920 many people in Turkey were actually Turkish Greeks, and in Greece there were many Greek Turks.. Basically different language different customs in the same country. At the end of WWI, Greece invaded Turkey trying to annexe it as apart of Greece. The Turks fought back and eventually overcame the Greeks. The local Greek population in Turkey supported the Greek invasion and so were treated quite poorly after the defeat of the Greeks by the local Turkish population. Meanwhile, similar racial issues were happening in Greece with the Turkish community. After Turkey declared itself a republic (the Sultan was supporting the Greeks so he went at the same time!) under the famous General Attaturk (the same general that ran the Turkish campaign at Gallipoli) it was agreed to do a migration swap and all of the Greek Turks were moved from Turkey back to Greece and vis versa. When the Turkish Greeks returned back to Turkey they didn’t want to live up on the hill (where the Greeks used to live) so the town became abandoned. Today it is a big open air museum that you can wander through.
We spent our afternoon clambering around the abandoned town and climbed up the hill so that we could get our first glimpse of the Med. We’re going for a hike tomorrow over the mountains down to the Med for a swim! We had a quick dinner and turned in early for our big hike tomorrow first thing!