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Kayakoy Tours and Activities

The ghost town of Kayaköy – a cluster of about a thousand centuries-old stone houses scattered across a hillside – has a poignant history. Formerly inhabited by Greek citizens of the Ottoman Empire and known by the Greek name of Levissi or Livissi, it was abandoned in 1923 after the Greek-Turkish population exchange that took place after the founding of the Turkish Republic.

The story of the village (renamed “Eskibahçe”) and its inhabitants has been fictionalized by Louis de Bernières in Birds Without Wings, a sweeping novel that takes place during the late Ottoman Empire and WWI.

Walking among Kayaköy's crumbling, empty houses and through the narrow lanes can be rather eerie, but the deserted village has a surreal beauty to it. There are a couple of churches and chapels, of which the most significant is the Panayia Pyrgiotissa (built in 1888), where a few fragments of frescoes and mosaics can still be seen.

Several cafes and restaurants are housed in atmospheric old buildings on the edges of the village.

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May - Oct 8:30am - 6:30pm and Nov - Apr 8:30am - 5pm
Kayaköy, Mugla

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Kayakoy hours of operation?
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Kayakoy hours of operation: May - Oct 8:30am - 6:30pm and Nov - Apr 8:30am - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Kayakoy tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kayakoy can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all Kayakoy tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Kayakoy 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kayakoy costs USD 3.92. Guided Kayakoy tours start around USD 3.92 per person. See all Kayakoy tickets and tours on Viator.