Discovered in the 80s by villagers Saklikent Gorge is situated near the Toros Mountains between Fethiye and Kas, east of Esençay ValleyDiscovered in the 80s by villagers Saklikent Gorge is situated near the Toros Mountains between Fethiye and Kas, east of Esençay Valley.
Saklikent Gorge ''Hidden Valley'' is 18km long and steep and narrow, it is one of the longest and deepest gorges in Turkey. Its that deep that the sun doesnt even penetrate the water, leaving it icy cold in the summer months.
The gorge was formed by the sliding of the base plates and the erosion of the water leaving behind the beautiful mystic and fascinating water sculptured limestone canyon walls.
Leaving from Saklikent village you can walk into the gorge over the natural style bridge and into the canyon wading through the water, under the small waterfalls and even have a mud bath along the way. For the more adventurous a hike further upstream will get the hearts racing, but dont be certain of finding the end of the gorge.
Within the gorge tucked into the canyon walls locals have set up small restaurants with seating areas on wooden platforms suspended just above the rushing waters, these are great places to rest with a beer under the shady trees.
Saklikent Gorge is also famous for it accommodation the popular tree houses, where people can spend their holidays in a peaceful and restful atmosphere enjoying the natural surroundings, listening to the sounds of the birds, wildlife and the river.
Extra activities can also be sought at Saklikent Gorge, river rafting fo the more adventurous or paragliding for the wild at heart.
Its difficult to give this place justice with just photos and descriptions, you need to go and make your own opinions.