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Soguksu (cold water) Cove

The nearest beach and can be reached by following the path past the church and then down to the cove.

Leaving the village on foot you can walk through the pine forest to Oludeniz or go in the direction of Gemiler Bay and after about 3km you will come across:

A monastery

Known locally as Afkule. According to Legend it was carved it into the rock by a monk on a hillside sloping towards the sea 400 meters above sea level The location has a magnificent view across the bay enabling you to be able to see Iblis point, Kurdoglu point and on a clear day you can see the Island of Rhodes.

Gemiler beach

After going through Kayaköy, you will descend through, pine and Gemler Sandy Beacholive trees to the gorgeous secluded bay of Gemiler. The beach here has not been developed and is a lovely place to swim snorkel or just relax at the local restaurant over a meal and bottle of wine whilst the sun goes down. Facing the bay is Gemiler Island, which is worth a visit. You could hire a local to take you there. Gemiler Island is one of the islands that is stopped at w hen on some boat trips.

Gemiler Island

(also known as St Nicholas Island); is a narrow ridge of limestone, barely a mile long and a quarter mile wide. Legend has it that at one time it was a pirate stronghold, which is very likely because this bit of coast iGremiler Islands lonesome, and the views from on top of the surrounding hills would be ideal for a look out to be posted. It is only when you sail the channel between the main land and the island does it become obvious how large this settlement must have been. On the Island you will see the Byzantine ruins of a monastery as well as churches chapels and other buildings amongst olive and pine trees. Under the clear water the stone foundations of other buildings can also be seen. Two of the buildings (a basilica and a church) are connected by a covered walk away or cryptoporticus. On the walls of the basilica there are still faint traces of frescoes showing saints or apostles The Island is important because it was one of the first centres of Christianity and was once the residence of St Nicholas.

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