Kayaköy


Kaya Koyu has the importance since it is the location for an uninterrupted life in which different cultures that reach out to the present day from the antique Karmylassos and where these are amalgamated, settled and immigrated. Stone houses, that possess the characteristic of typical Mediterranean architecture as these had been constructed on the slopes without cutting the light of each other, churches, schools, chapels, workshops and other buildings and the narrow streets that join each other almost have the look of a architectural laboratory.…

Greek population, who used to live in the Kaya Koy and the Turkish population, who used to live in the West Thrace have been mutually replaced as the result of the population exchange since this was the requirement of the Lausanne Treaty that was signed between Turkish and Greek States but the Turkish immigrants could not adopt the living style here and the process in the village, which exhibits the deserted appearance of today, has begun.

Kaya Koy is protected as an important example of the Anatolian mosaic of cultures and it is revaluated through a modern tourism concept in order that the enthusiasm, which had turned into sadness in the past, will blossom forth. Activities of both the public and the private initiatives are continuing in order that the ideal of making it a friendship, peace, science, culture, art village will materialise as the restoration and planning works will be completed in the near future..

Kaya carpets of Kaya Koy, which are woven with unique colours that have been obtained through the madder technique, are famous. Besides, products such as fig, chickpea, melon, pomegranate are very special for the village.

Gemiler bay and Afkule Monastery make Kaya different as these are important points of attraction. In addition, its climate, which provides a healthy life, is its another privilege.