If you wish to explore an area a little further away from your new property in Fethiye then a day out for all the family could be a visit to the ruins at Tlos, followed by a trip to Yaka Park, before heading to the stunning Saklikent Gorge!
Many of the jeep safari tours stop at all these places and a day trip will cost around £8-£9 (at time of publication), but if you fancy hiring a car and doing it independently here’s some information you may find useful.
Tlos is an ancient Lycian settlement around a forty-five minute drive from Fethiye and close to the bustling town of Seydikemer.
The settlement was continually occupied right up to the 19th century by the Lycians, Romans, Byzantines and lastly Ottoman Turks and, to this day, many of the buildings are still recognisable from their remains. During your tour, you will come across tombs, a fortress, a stadium, baths and much more.
Just a few minutes away you’ll find Yaka Park, a great place to relax and grab a bite to eat after your tour of Tlos.
Here you will be able to wander around and through waterfalls and pools of ice-cold water. If you fancy a challenge the park offers you a chance to win a cold beer by staying in the water for five minutes, or a free meal if you manage fifteen minutes.
If you’ve worked up an appetite but don’t want to take up the plunge challenge, you can still choose a fish that will be cooked for you while you wait. Alternatively, if you prefer to make friends with the fish rather than eat them, there is a water channel along the bar where you will find trout more than happy to be stroked.
Finish a Day Out With a Visit to Sakilkent Gorge
A visit to this region wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the magnificent Saklikent Gorge. The canyon is 300m deep and 18 kilometres long and was turned into a national park in 1996.
You can walk up part of the Gorge, although how far you get will depend on what time of year you visit.
The Gorge is one of the main routes for the melted snow coming from the Taurus Mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. During the early part of the year, the water may be too high or too fast to cross but in the summer season, you can easily wade through the cool, refreshing water at the entrance to the Gorge before reaching the dryer parts.
Within a few feet you’ll find yourself marvelling at the towering sides of the canyon and the stunning shapes and curves Mother Nature has made over thousands of years.
If you are looking for a little more excitement you can hire a ‘donut’ and glide down another section of the canyon.
Alternatively, if you prefer to relax, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to quench your thirst or feed your appetite and many of them have seating that allows you to cool your feet in the water whilst you recharge your batteries after a busy day.
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