A narrow channel acting as a safe harbour separates Gemiler Island from the mainland. This relatively small island measuring just 1000m x 400m is a real highlight of the local coast and boasts a fascinating history. Throw anchor in front of the island and take a trip across to find the ruins of buildings and churches dating back to the 4th and 5th century. Unfortunately, many of the old houses are hard to distinguish and lie in ruins or semi-submerged. You can, however, see the arches, dome and apse of 2 of the churches still in reasonable condition and a closer inspection will reveal frescos and mosaics some of which suggest the second church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, better known to us today as Santa Claus.
Anchor either at the island or at the opposite side next to the mainland… The islands crescent shape provides a sheltered anchorage on both sides and is ideal for a few days stay over. Famous Oludeniz Beach is only 3 miles which is definitely worth for afternoon sail and back.
There is a simple restaurant at the Gemile Beach – serving a small menu…
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