|View from our hotel restaurant|
|Looking at the sunken city|
But, no time to linger, we were off for a kayaking adventure. I love kayaking so was excited about this, especially the part where we were to kayak over a sunken city. A short drive from Kas, a quick kayaking lesson for beginners and we were off. Ok, well the sunken city was a bit of a non event. There was nothing to see apart from a couple of large underwater rocks which, we were told, were masonry, but the 3 and a half kilometre trip on flat, crystal clear water, to our destination, a small island, was everything I hoped it would be.
|"Zorba" and our guides|
Tired after our long kayak we dived into the delicious sea for a swim while our kayak guides prepared a picnic lunch of dolmas, olives, stuffed peppers, fat, juicy tomatoes, cold meat, cheeses and bread. There was just time for another swim and then we were off kayaking again to Simena, about 1 kilometre away.
|Simena castle, overlooking the bay|
Simena, with a ruined castle on top of the hill, dates from the 4th century BC. It was quite a climb to the castle in the searing heat but worth it for the view which looks out over Lycian tombs on one side and has panoramic views of the bay and coastline on the other. Then it was back down
again for welcome ice creams before starting out to kayak home.
We circled a partly submerged Lycian tomb close to shore and then made our way out into the bay. By now the wind
had come up and the sea was choppy. It was hard, exhausting work with waves breaking over our kayaks - a bit scary really, but because I was the only one in a single kayak a guide stayed with me all the way back. This was an unexpected bonus because he led me to a secret spot to view sea turtles swimming happily in a sheltered cove.
|Setting off from Simena, unaware of the hard work ahead.|
I was thrilled to finally make it to shore, albeit well behind the others. We had kayaked for over 7 kilometres - not bad, not bad at all! Zorba celebrated our safe return with an impromptu waltz along the beach with one of our group, much to our amusement. So, not exactly a rest day but a wonderful day all the same. Back to the hotel to hot showers, a stunning sunset and a romantic dinner overlooking the bay at The Sultan's Garden, an open air restaurant bedecked with floating panels of fine white cotton and softly lit Turkish lanterns. This is the life! I decided there and then I could stay in Kas a week, or a month, or maybe even a year!