Entering the Abyss at Saklikent Gorge Turkey

Hidden is the Taurus Mountains on the south coast of Turkey a canyon of 300m high and 18km long is carved. Melted water from the snow caps on the mountain tops gush down the steep slopes, dissecting the terrain. The water is thick with limestone from the mountains and ice cold. This is Saklikent.

One of the most massive gorges in the world is found near the tourist destinations of Fethiye and Olu Deniz. Unsurprisingly you have probably not heard of this natural chasm at Saklikent. During the summer months when the tide is low, you can walk deep into the gorge. The whole day is magical, the sides of the canyon towering over while you wade in the water.

What to take with you:

  • Sensible submersible shoes with grip -sea shoes are ideal (though you can hire slip on jelly shoes for a small fee)
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting wet
  • Swimwear
  • Camera (in a waterproof bag or case you can carry)
  • Suncream
  • Money
  • Bottles of water

Saklikent means ‘hidden city’ in Turkish and this geological wonder is a hidden treasure. Away from the glorious sandy beaches and the turquoise sea, Saklikent is worth a visit.

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