On the shore at the eastern end of the fine beach is another castle, Korykos, making Kızkalesi (KUHZ kah-leh-see) a two-castle town.
Why stop here? To take photos of the castles and, if you're intrepid and a strong swimmer, to swim out to the Kız Kalesi on the island. If you're not intrepid, small cruise boats will take you out there, you can paddle yourself in a paddleboat, or you can even fly over it by parasail.
Dozens of hotels, villas, flats to let and pensionsprovide beds, making this a charming place to spend the night if you're traveling along the coast. It's generally cheaper and far more relaxing than the cities (Silifke, Mersin, Tarsus, Adana). More...
Kızkalesi also makes a good base for visits to the Roman ruins of Elaiussa-Sebaste, the Roman-Byzantine necropolis at Kanytelis, inland from the coastal village of Kumkuyu, the extensive Roman-Byzantine ruins at Kanlıdivane, and the impressive caverns of Heaven and Hell (Cennet ve Cehennem).
At Narlıkuyu, a few kilometers west of Kızkalesi, are numerous waterfront seafood restaurants just right for a pleasant evenings dining and conversation. Roman mosaics are preserved here in a small museum.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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