How To Walk From Fethiye To Kayaköy

Well, the weather was so lovely yesterday (and it’s the same again today) that we decided to go for one of our favourite walks from Fethiye to Kayaköy (aka the ghost village). As we’re supposed to be writing a blog telling everyone about all the loveliness of Turkey, we thought we would post this walk. The views of Fethiye marina and bays are amazing.

Fethiye Turkey hotels

Start from the Park Marina Vista Hotel (they’ve got a gorgeous seaside bar should you fancy a quick Efes Pilsen to psyche yourself up before setting off) at the end of the Karagözler. You can catch the Taşyaka/Karagözler dolmuş as far as there.

From here, take the road to the left so that you double-back on yourself and start to climb. It’s a gradual ascent but if you start to feel really out of puff as I often do, just stop and pretend you’re admiring the stunning scenery.
Fethiye marina Turkey

It’s a single, winding tarmac road at this point so you can’t go wrong. Just keep admiring the views over Fethiye marina and centre as you continue to climb.

Fethiye to Kayaköy

After about 20 minutes or so, you’ll come to a junction on the road. The road straight ahead goes to Hillside Hotel. We’re taking the forest track to the left that you can see on the photo.

This continues uphill – not steep – and you can still see the gulf of Fethiye and the boat yard through the pine forest.
Red Island Fethiye Turkey

As you plod on up the forest track, you leave the views of the harbour behind and Red Island (Kızıl Adası) appears through the trees. Keep following the path up the hill and eventually, you will come out into a clearing – and a welcome flat part of the track for a breather. If you do this walk on a Sunday it’s usually busy here with Turkish families barbecuing and picnicking. Keep to the track, bearing right to continue uphill. Views over Tarzan Bay will appear giving the opportunity for another breather.

Road to Kayakoy from Fethiye

As you follow the track, you will come to a junction (see picture). Take the track to the left, continuing uphill to another (very similar-looking) junction…



Road from Fethiye to Kayakoy

Voila! Buyurun! There you go! Joy of joys. After about 200 metres, and a tiny bit more ascent, you will come to this fork in the track. The good news is, for this walk, this is the top. There are a couple of rocks just to the right that are just big enough to sit on and have a minute.

After that, hallelujah! You take the right fork and start going downhill. Bliss.
Kayakoy from Fethiye Turkey

As you skip down this hill, after a few minutes you will be able to see all the ruins of Kayaköy nestled into the hillside. You also get to see Babadağ from a dramatic angle, just to your left. Even better if there’s still snow on top – this usually lasts till spring.

The track eventually becomes a road again. Follow this to the first junction (you’ll see a big tree on the left with a wall round it) and turn left. When you come to the next junction with a big tree in the middle of the road, take a right to bring you into the village square.

You’ll see all the local men drinking tea and playing tavla (backgammon) and okey. Look to the left and you’ll see what used to be the clock tower in the middle of the road. (We have no idea what happened to the clock). Turn right at the clock and this road will take you to the ruins of Kayaköy. Oh yes, by this time, you’re going be feeling a tad thirsty. Bülent, the owner of Bülent’in Yeri (on the roadside opposite the ruins) is always a happy looking chap and they serve lovely gözleme (Turkish pancakes).

Opposite Bülent’s is a track and a sign advertising Poseidon. If you fancy sitting and admiring the ruins – with a bit of good music thrown in – then Poseidon in Kayaköy is also a good place for a beer, food – and a soft drink of course.

  • Allow between 2 and 2 and a half hours for the walk. Any walking boots, comfortable trainers or sturdy sandals will be okay.
  • If you are feeling particularly strenuous then you can continue by trekking from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz. (Allow a further 3 hours for this stretch.)
  • If not, then don’t worry, there are dolmuşes back from Kayaköy to Fethiye every hour, on the hour (every half an hour in summer) and you can flag it down on the main road by the entrance to the Poseidon.


  1. Hey this is all very ‘Holiday in the Sun’ does this make you Judith Charmers?…..I don’t think we’ve ever seen any of these places before, maybe it’s because we like the pool too much to go walking around!

    Very interesting all this and I feel like I’m learning something, there is a first!

  2. Can’t wait to do the walk when we come over in Feb,but I might feel differently after ha ha.
    The promise of one or two efes makes it even more interesting.

    Love the blog,look at it most days.

  3. Thanks for looking at the blog Jan. No point doing a walk if there are no ‘refreshments’ available at the end of it!

  4. Seems like a good walk….need to get out’n’about more whilst on holiday in Hisaronu. Also a chance for some scenic pictures…a change from the norm!Thanks for the route, going to print this off now….:))

  5. @ Olly: Hope you enjoy the walk to Kayaköy – and the more scenic photos. we won’t ask you what your norm in Hisarönü is. 😉

  6. Hello, question for you- I am traveling solo to Turkey in late Oct/early Nov, and still planning my trip. Is this walk safe to take as a solo woman traveler? I am fit and athletic; I’m more concerned about my personal safety if I trek alone. Thank you!

    • Hi Domini

      Thanks for your comment. First of all, if you’re travelling solo, you’re obviously a confident person, anyway. 🙂 We’d never guarantee anyone’s personal safety anywhere so you would have to gauge that for yourself when you arrive. It is a very quiet road/forest track. Also, we always walk in at least pairs, just for safety (in case of accident) reasons. It’s only a short walk and not too strenuous.

      • Thank you so much for your reply! It is very helpful information. I’m definitely interested in walking, and I think I will try to find a walking mate or a little day tour of some sort if I choose to venture into secluded areas 🙂 Much appreciated, can’t wait until my trip!

        • Sure you’ll love Fethiye AND Kayaköy, Domini. Also, late October / early November is a perfect time to be here for exploring and walking so hope you can find a walking buddy. 🙂 Enjoy your trip.

  7. Hello, this is a great blog and I’m planning my trip based on your suggestions!

    I will be in Fethiye for 3 days in end-Nov and I’m planning to use 1 full day to cover both Kayakoy and Olu Deniz. I would like to include a trek, which would u reccomend?

    Should I take the dolmus from Fethiye to Kayakoy, explore Kayakoy, trek from Kayakoy to Olu Deniz, explore Olu Deniz and then take the dolmus back to Fethiye at night.

    Or should I trek from Fethiye to Kayakoy, explore Kayakoy, take the dolmus to Olu Deniz, explore Olu Deniz and then take the dolmus back to Fethiye at night.

    • Hi Gideon

      Thanks a lot for the lovely compliment. Glad you find the blog useful! 🙂
      Whilst walking from Fethiye to Kayaköy is a lovely walk, as you’re so short on time and it’s out of season, we’d recommend taking the dolmuş to Kayaköy and then walking to Ölüdeniz from there. You’ll need to leave early as Ölüdeniz is now only there for its scenery as it’s winter. 🙂 Beautiful and quiet but most places will be closed.
      A couple of beach places along the lagoon where you get to the bottom of the hill might be open for drinks.
      Check with the Kayaköy dolmuş driver what time the last dolmuş is leaving Ölüdeniz as you don’t want to end up walking back up the hill towards Hisarönü to get back to Fethiye. 🙂
      Most places in Kayaköy will be open for snacks and refreshments.
      Hope that helps a little. 🙂

  8. Did the walk yesterday – mostly great although ended up doing it at hottest part of day as couldn’t find hotel starting point.
    If you go for this, get Dolmus rather than walk to hotel … Or be prepared to walk right through boatyard and beyond to find it. (We turned back once!) Also hotel has been sold and is now called Marina Boutique.
    Thanks though – some great views and we slept well too!

    • Hi Nick, thanks a lot for your comment.
      It looks as though the hotel must have changed names very recently (April 2016), maybe for the upcoming summer season – we’ve already updated this a few times as it keeps changing. We’re going to be updating this walking from Fethiye to Kayaköy post imminently as we want to update the photos – and obviously, the name of the hotel (thanks) 🙂 – as well as the dolmuş information because it now goes further around the peninsula during the summer months.
      We’ve left the choice of starting the walk from Fethiye to Kayaköy along along the Karagözler and through the boatyard because a lot of people love the views and are fascinated by the boatyard itself – including us, we love the area and it’s a big part of Fethiye’s industry and history. We always walk from our home, half way between Fethiye and Çalış – but we’ll mention the boatyard in our update. Of course, the dolmuş choice is always there, too, and the driver will be happy to drop people off at the hotel start point.
      Glad you still managed to enjoy the walk, though, and thanks again for the feedback. 🙂

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