Kaş – Antalya – Turkey

GPS : 36°09’30.0″N 29°47’00.0″E / 36.158333, 29.783333

Asar or Aperlai Bay lies on the west of the isthmus of the Sıcak Peninsula. The bay is open to west. You can anchor in 4 to 7 m in calm weather and swing. A house at the head is spotted, but this part is shallow. It is horizontal indent on the northwest of Sıcak Peninsula. At the end of the indent, there is camp reminiscent under waste water of Antique Aperlae and port.

This is a place that can be used by yachts during calm weather. Yet, it should be approached very cautiously not to hit the parts of the city under water and you can anchor in 5 – 10 meters. It has sand and alga deep.

There is no land transport connection.
Water is available.

A ruined castle and the walls of the ancient Lycian city of Aperlai are underwater and along the shoreline. Aperlae was a small town on the southern coast of ancient Lycia. It did not play any significant role in history or politics. However, its lifespan of 1,300 years is worth note. Harsh terrain made it difficult to survive, but like other towns along the coast, it thrived on the production of Tyrian dye.

Aperlae was founded sometime between the late 4th and early 3rd century BCE and sustained a long lifespan of about 1,300 years which was terminated at the end of the 7th century AD. When the Byzantine Empire went to pieces and the political powers began to deteriorate, security of the coast failed and Aperlae was abandoned due to the threat of pirate raids and Arab corsairs. Though with the evidence of some late repairs on a church suggest that there was possibly a small settlement of squattors or stragglers after it was left, Aperlae was never rebuilt and resettled.

Aperlae is situated near a bay and had harsh conditions all around. The sea in this region was unreliable in a storm and the bay offered near no protection from weather. It was directly between the mountains and the coast, the city’s fortifications didn’t encompass the arable terraced part of the mountains. There were no reliable sources of fresh water, but numerous cisterns located around the town indicated a heavy reliance on rain water. Aperlae was near a faultline leading to the seaside district of Aperlae sinking due to slow slumping over time.

The most defining feature of the Aperlae landscape was the vast amount of Murex snail shells. There were two distinct parts of town where they were dumped covering altogether 1,600 square meters (at an unknown depth until the Turkish government allows archeologists to dig), they were discovered in the mortar and concrete of the buildings of the city, and they were found in large quantities dumped into the ocean.

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