Tourists go sightseeing
In the first half of this year, 24,549 people went sightseeing to Kaya Köy (The ghost village) while 17,014 people visited Kaunos. Among the historical places in Muğla, Kaya Köy has been the one that has been toured by the domestic and foreign tourists most. From January 1st to July the 30th, 24, 549 people toured the village and left 86,165TLs to the tollgates. The most favourite holiday centre of Fethiye, Kayaköy, has been toured by 2,979 people who were in groups and 2,753 people entered the village with cards. The Kaunos Ruins which are in between the borders of Fethiye Museum directorate was toured by 17,014 people and left 92,943TLs to the tollgates as entrance fee. While from Kaya Village 5 TLs was taken as the entrance fee, 8 TLs were taken from Kaunos Ruins. 5,456 people visited Fethiye Museum and paid 7,294 TLs. 4,755 people who visited the Amyntas Rock Tombs paid 21,527 TLs.
At the end of six months, while 4,033 people paid 18,555 TLs to see Yaka Tlos Antique city and 3,665 people paid 18,738 TLs for Kumluova Letoon Antique City, 18,738 people paid 27, 144 TLs for Gemiler Island, 415 people paid 7,675 TLs for Üzümlü Pınara Antique City. At the end of six months long period, eight historical places were visited by 65,059 domestic and 254, 188 foreign tourists. The manager of Fethiye Museum, İbrahim Malkoç, stated that there is a great interest in the historical places in Fethiye and in its neighbourhood as it had been in the previous years. He added that In Fethiye, this year Kaya Village attracted the most of the tourists. The site is stated to be founded on the antique town Karmillassos. Its rock tombs could survive sound till this day on the Antikragos Mountains. According to some sources, Kaya village was founded on the ruins of Lycian civilization in the 11th century but according to some other sources in the 14th century. Kaya Village which is mentioned in Evliya Çelebi’s(a famous Ottoman traveller who lived in the 17th century) travel book, and called Levissi, was a prosperous town since the twentieth century and with its population of 6,500 and its churches, pharmacies, hospitals, doctors, schools, post offices and studious, it was the biggest social trade centre of the region.