An Alternative Mediterranean Vacation

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For those whose idea of a Mediterranean holiday is restricted to crowded travel destinations where the shoreline is packed with hotels, here is an adventure with “the other Mediterranean”…

 

The Mediterranean is generous, not hesitating to share its riches with the visitors as well as locals. Descending to the shores of this salty sea by the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, the traveler may or may not be aware of it, but the Mediterranean is much more than it seems, provided only that the vacationer looks around, asks questions & uses his/her imagination. The result will be discoveries that leave nothing wanting, with once again a holiday full of sea, sun, sand & inconceivably More Mersin Escort.

 

Those who wish to spend the summer season in the south should know that there are still undiscovered corners not yet exploited as they deserve to be & hence ‘far from the madding crowd’, spots which offer a wide range of holiday choices. Yes, the Mediterranean promises a great deal & it keeps those promises with numerous alternatives, from days spent on an ecological farm or vacationing at art camps to nature sports & a stroll through history. Hard by Fethiye lies Kayakoy, ‘discovered’ in the early 1990’s, a deserted village which with those storied 3,500 stone houses still preserves its spirit. Those who abandoned it were Greeks who left in the mid-1920s with the exchange of populations. Formerly known as Levissi, this stone world rises where the ancient city of Karmilassos once stood. Surrounded by pine forests, it boasts 14 chapels including the churches of Taksiyarhis & Katopanayi. These chapels are protected by aware travelers & by students at the art workshop in the locality. The camp is home to numerous foreign & Turkish students, who receive instruction in photography, ceramics, painting, ebru (the Turkish art of paper-marbling), wood painting, drama & kilim weaving, while they find inner peace through yoga & meditation. Accommodations are in the form of tents & stone pensione rooms. Classes begin in the morning, but in the afternoon yield to the pleasures of the sea, as a narrow stone-paved road leads through the village to Soguksu Koyu (cold water Cove) while the Dead Sea is only a half-hour’s hike away. There is another art camp like the one at Kayakoy, this one near Kas in the village of Cukurbag.