The bay of Melanippe  

Detailed information about the ancient Melanippe cannot be found, because, as can be read on the homepages of the villages Kumluca and Mavikent, there are no ancient sources about this city. It seems that Melanipe's story is closely linked to the nearby ancient city of Gagai.


Entrance to the bay  

It is believed that the settlement is of Hellenistic origin and served as a shelter for Cilician pirates in the 1st century BC, as did Phaselis and Olympos. After these were destroyed by the Romans in 77/76 B.C., the place fell into oblivion.


The bay on a weekend  

Today the bay of Melanippe is a popular bathing and picnic area for the population of the surrounding villages on Sundays and public holidays.


Remains of walls of unknown origin  

Building remains below the Acropolis  


Byzantine Basilica




In the Acropolis above the bay there are remains of buildings among the lush vegetation. From up there you had a great view of the open sea and could spot prey or attackers from afar.





Fishermen in the shadow of the bay


On hot weekdays the bay offers the local fishermen protection from the scorching sun.



This fisherman has his shadow place ashore




Melanippe is a bit off the beaten track, but easy to find. Coming on the national road D400 from Antalya, take one of the two exits to Adrasan and follow the signs to Yeşilk÷y, from there to Kara÷z. From Kara÷z the way to Melanippe is signposted with the usual brown signs.
From Kumluša you can reach Melanippe by going out of town on the D400, direction Antalya, at the last traffic lights turn right towards Mavikent. From here follow the signs to Kara÷z and on to Melanippe. You can park directly at the bay.

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