Üçağız is a pretty little fishing village close to Kaş and can be reached by dolmuş or on one of the numerous boat tours offered from more popular destinations around the area. The name means “three mouths” in Turkish, referring to the trio of rivers which flow into the sea here.
The Turkish government declared the town and surrounding region a protected area in early 1990. At the time, Üçağız was little-visited and even smaller than it was today, lacking even a passable road. While now, just over 20 years later, the road is definitely navigable by public transportation or in your own rented car, it’s still a 19-kilometer precariously snaking passage and you may be tempted to arrive the old-fashioned way: by boat. The government has since relaxed the restrictions placed on diving and building in the area, but some limitations remain and the town has fortunately not lost its quaint charm.
Seafood lovers will want to unpack their things and settle down in Üçağız. As a fishing town, there are all the toothsome Mediterranean dishes you could hope for here and numerous fish restaurants near the port. One local favorite, Hassan Restaurant, is run by (who else?) Hassan himself, who speaks English and German. Frequented by sailors, this character-rich eatery features momentos left behind by previous travelers and serves up all kinds of seafood as well as a selection of grills. Keep an eye out for Hassan’s smiling face on posters around town!
A stroll around the hilly but kaleidoscopic town center will reveal several Lycian tombs nestled in between the ubiquitous old stone houses. Cross your fingers that the current building restrictions will continue for at least several years to come... in the meantime, hurry here while the small-town vibe in Üçağız remains!