Near the Turkish city of Antalya there is a little uninhabited island of Kekova. As soon as you see it in the pictures, it’s clear to you that this is a real jewel because a beautiful color does not leave anyone indifferent. Also, the name “Kekova” comes from the Turkish word for incense, which confirms that it is a fairly fragrant island.
However, the island is by far the most well-known for its biggest attraction – the sunken remains of the ancient city that can be seen under the sea. These are the ruins of the former Simena trade center, which destroyed powerful earthquakes in the second century.
A tour of the city under the sea is possible by kayak or boat, but under the sea explore has been banned since 1986 as part of the preservation of lost heritage, and four years later the region has been declared a special protected area. Let’s say that Turks have long been running Kekova for the UNESCO heritage, but they have not yet been included.
However, since the number of tourists has been falling in recent times, the Turkish Tourism Ministry has announced that it will soon be allowed underground explorations, and it should be said that Kekova is ideal for beginners divers.
As soon as the restrictions are abolished, many scientists will want to come to study the city below the surface.
This could help restore Turkey’s tourist numbers from 2015, when 39 million foreign tourists visited the country. Last year, however, the country with Erdogan’s government visited 11 million foreigners less.