Kayaköy, located in Muğla Fethiye, is also known as the 'ghost village' since it was abandoned 95 years ago. Visitors have the opportunity to travel part of the three thousand year old Lycian way in the region on camels.
Tourists who want to take a camel tour in Kayaköy, which offers unique views to its visitors, queue up.
Anyone from 7 to 70 can ride camels. The short tour is 20 lira per person, the long tour is 80 lira per person.
The tour organizer, Ferhan Seymen, stated that Kayaköy's historical past attracts local and foreign tourists to the region and said:
“Those who want to ride a camel are told what to do first. We organize short and long tours about camels. In the short tour, they ride the camel about 200 meters in front of Kayaköy. In the long tour, the village is also promoted and takes about 45 minutes. In the tour, visitors both have the opportunity to see the historical Kayaköy and are promoted. Camels attract a lot of attention because they are not animals that we can see everywhere.”
“We pay the most attention to their care”
Camels are warm country animals. Seymen, on the other hand, explained that Muğla is also a warm city and they do not have any problems in this respect:
“We pay the most attention to their care. The people who do this business have been dealing with camels for 20 years. There are health certificates obtained from the Provincial Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock every year. Controls are very important to us. Camels live together with humans here. We put people on camels depending on their weight.”
Mostly British tourists come to the region. In addition to these, the region also welcomes tourists from many European countries.
54-year-old Robert Armstrong, who came from England for a holiday and participated in a camel tour, said that he rode a camel for the first time and it was an extremely interesting experience for him:
“Last year, I came here for a vacation and took a walk in Kayaköy. This year I traveled by camel. I enjoyed it more. Kayaköy takes place in the series broadcast on a television channel in England. I saw it there too and said to myself, 'This is a very special place'. I have been to Turkey before and I love it very much.”