Narlıkuyu ("pomegranate well") is
a village 4.4 km (2.75 miles) west of Kızkalesi (map),
built around a placid cove lined with
The eponymous well,
in the form of an old hand pump, is
still there, shaded by an ancient plane
Water has always
been the point in Narlıkuyu.
stream, which can be seen
deep in the Cennet
cave in the hills
above Narlıkuyu, flows into the Mediterranean
at Narlıkuyu, providing abundant fresh
water to the village.
A Roman benefactor
named Poimenios built a bathhouse here
in the 300s AD. A small museum on
the village square houses its mosaics of
the Three Grances Aglaia,
Thalia and Euphrosine, the daughters
of Zeus and Eurynome.
The restaurants surrounding the cove
are great for seafood lunches or dinners,
with open-air waterside tables for
most times, and inside tables for inclement
I've dined at the İnci Restaurant with
good results. Dinner for two included meze of
a large mixed salad, local green olives,
baby cloves of garlic both fresh and
sautéed, scallions (green onions),
pickled vegetables, hot peppers,
fried kalamar (squid) and
a large portion of grilled levrek (sea
bass), washed down with a kadeh (glass)
The bill, with tip, was TL80.
Whichever restaurant you choose, be
sure to determine the price
of the fish you'll be eating before it
is prepared. Fish can sometimes be
quite expensive, and you don't want
a nasty surprise when your bill arrives.
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Above, Narlıkuyu seafood restaurants.
Below, during the day.