MEIS

 

Meis is the largest of an archipelago of Greek Islands located just 2 km from the Turkish coastal town of Kas. You can travel to Meis by ferry from Kas, the journey will take approx 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can travel to Meis from Rhodes, its nearest Greek neighbour, by ferry or plane. Meis is a quaint little island with its own unique charm, ideal for those looking for tranquility.

 

During the Hellenistic period, Meis was colonised by the Dorian Greeks and throughout its troubled history it has been occupied by several nations; Greek, Italian, British and French. At the end of the 19th century, thanks to fishing and shipping the island became prosperous and many beautiful mansions were built along the coast. Today there are approx 400 inhabitants on the island.

When you visit Meis, the Blue Cave is well worth a visit. The Blue Cave is located on the south-east side of the island and is a short boat trip away. Make sure you visit at low tide as this makes entering and exiting the Blue Cave a little easier. The mouth is the cave is low with just enough room for a speed boat to enter, timed at the bottom of a wave, with the passengers laying down. The cave is 10m deep, 75m long, 20m wide and 30m high, the reflection of the sunlight onto the seawater gives the cave an amazing blue colour. On the boat trip to the cave look out for the 4th century BC Lycian grave.

 

Also, make time to explore the harbour, look round the churches and climb up to the ruins of the castle of the Knights dating back to the 14th century. There are spectacular views across the sea to Kas. There are many of the cafes along the harbour, perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by. 

 

 

 

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