A castle on the sea

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Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip:

Having consulted my trusty guidebook (cough, cough, snigger), i decided that i would stay Saturday night in Silifke, and visit Kizkalesi as a day trip. My reasoning behind this was that there was no budget accommodation listed in the book for Kizkalesi, and i didn't want to arrive and have to pay through the roof for somewhere to rest my weary bones. I was thus a tad peeved when i did visit Kizkalesi, and found there to be limitless options and i am sure i would have found a room cheaper than what i had to pay in Silifke (30YTL/$20 at Otel Ayatekla - included breakfast, tv, a/c and wi-fi).

Korykos Castle
Oh well, i guess thats what you get if you rely on the LP.

Having spent a quite Saturday night in the hotel, i nevertheless slept until 09.30 on Sunday, after all it is a Christians day of rest! The downside to turning up to the breakfast buffet at 10.00 was that there were only a few sorry looking slices of cheese and tomato left, which i thus had to make do with. I checked out of my room and left my bag with the nice receptionist, and went next door to the bus station.

The journey to Kizkalesi took a little over half an hour and cost 3.25YTL ($2), which is just about the going rate for a journey of this distance, even though Lousy Planet claims that it costs only 1YTL. What really makes the LP a complete joke is that when you look at times and prices between two locations, it often differs between the two cities i.
Some poor soul tried walking to the castle...
e. Egirdir to Isparta takes 15 minutes and costs 1.40 Euro one way, but the other way it takes 30 minutes and costs 1.70 Euro. Such incompetence really pisses me off, don't they even check their own useless facts to make sure they aren't contradicting themselves? Dream on.

Back to Kizkalesi and enough of the bitching - for the time been anyway! Located by the sea, it is a pleasant enough little place, but it has one outstanding thing going for it, a floating castle! Ok, so maybe its not floating, but i reckon you could be mistaken for thinking that it was, at first glance anyway. Situated a couple of hundred metres out to sea, legend has it that this medieval fortress, known as Maidens Castle in English, was constructed by a King who had received a premonition that his daughter would die from a snake bite.
Korykos Castle
As a result of this dire news, the King wanted the Princess to live at sea and not on the mainland, so made plans for the construction of the building. As luck would have it, a snake slithered its way into a basket of grapes that was sent to the island, bit the princess, she snuffed it and the King realised that you couldn't cheat death. Kind of reminiscent of Final Destination, don't you think?!

In Summer time boats shuttle tourists out to the castle, but other than a family fishing at the end of a dilapidated pier, there wasn't anyone else about. To be honest, the beauty of the Castle lies when viewing it from the beach, so i wasn't too concerned and certainly didn't fancy the prospect of swimming out there. Thus, i admired from afar and wondered how they had transferred all those rocks across the sea, and felt a pang of sorrow for the poor buggers who had been given that task!

Now when i said there was only one real draw card to Kizkalesi, i actually lied, as another castle sits on the beach, which was built by the Byzantines.
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Korykos Castle
Whilst Korykos Castles location couldn't quite match that of a Castle in the sea, it did its best to impress, with the waves crashing against one face of the walls and a huge moat running down another. It cost 3YTL ($2) to get in, which was reasonable enough, so i coughed up the cash and scrambled about the ruins for half an hour or so.

Located just across from the castle was a necropolis with some rock cut tombs and an interesting carving, set in a field of lemon trees. Once i had taken a brief look around here, there was little left to do, so i decided to make my way back to Silifke, with the aim of catching the 14.45 bus to Konya.

almond72 says:
this has given me ideas about construction on our very own Tb island. :D
Posted on: Sep 19, 2009
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Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Some poor soul tried walking to th…
Some poor soul tried walking to t…
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Kor…
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Ko…
The road to Kizkalesi... or maybe …
The road to Kizkalesi... or maybe…
Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Derelict pier at Kizkalesi
Derelict pier at Kizkalesi
Old pier heading out towards Kizka…
Old pier heading out towards Kizk…
Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Kizkalesi, located 200m out at sea
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Kizkalesi
Kizkalesi
Waves lapping in to shore
Waves lapping in to shore
Palm trees and Korykos Castle
Palm trees and Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Kizkalesi and the rocky shoreline
Kizkalesi and the rocky shoreline
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Kor…
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Ko…
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Kor…
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Ko…
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Kor…
A shot of Kizkalesi taken from Ko…
Waves crash into Korykos Castle
Waves crash into Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Looking out to sea from Korykos Ca…
Looking out to sea from Korykos C…
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Inscription at Korykos Castle
Inscription at Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Korykos Castle
Carving over the road from Korykos…
Carving over the road from Koryko…
Carving over the road from Korykos…
Carving over the road from Koryko…
Necropolis, located over the road …
Necropolis, located over the road…
Necropolis, located over the road …
Necropolis, located over the road…
Kizkalesi
photo by: denisx