Kekova is a natural bay and Specially Protected Area on Turkey's southwest Mediterranean Coast, often referred to as the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast. Kekova is surrounded by ancient ruins and rich history. The Turkish name means 'plain of thyme' and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova as well as the villages of Kalekoy, meaning 'Castle Village' and Ucagiz, a quaint fishing town with small selection of independent Guesthouses and locally-owned restaurants. Fish is the region's speciality and boats bring in fresh catch each morning.
The ruined Lycian cities of Simena and the Sunken City are the main historical attraction in the region however the more adventurous traveller can find many more rock-cut tombs and sarcophagi hidden in the surrounding hills.
Many Blue Cruises and private yachts visit the region of Kekova for the transparent waters, brilliant sun, unspoiled nature and excellent swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. The region is home to many small islands, extensive caves, an abundance of sea life and secluded coves backed by sheer cliffs and rugged hills, many of which can only be accessed by sea, offering a peaceful retreat from road traffic.
The Kekova region is an impressive 260 km² of indescribable natural beauty. The natural diversity and historical richness of the area has been protected since 1990 by the Ministry of Environment. This famous region lies between the traditional Turkish towns of Demre and Kas.