A castle on the sea
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.