High in the mountains above Fethiye rushing torrents cut a narrow gorge / canyon through the mountains, creating Saklıkent Gorge. A cool refuge on hot summer days, Saklıkent Gorge is a favourite picnic spot with rustic restaurants serving delectable fresh trout. It is 50 km away from province center and within the territories of Kayadibi Village. It is a natural miracle secreted within 18 km long, and its height reaches 600 m from place to place, unique canyon. It is an unique tourism center, so wing mountaineering, trekking, swimming possibilities for people fond of nature with steep rocky mountains, plane trees and clearly flowing ebullient springs.
If taking photographs is among your hobbies, you can snap extraordinary sights of unspoiled, natural beauty at Saklikent on the platforms erected over the water flowing in great speed inside and out of the Canyon, visitors are served trout and traditional pastries, which enrich and enhance a holiday. It is possible to reach Saklıkent by minibuses or daily tours organized by travel agencies. During a 45-minute trip, as you pass, through small villages, you can witness the authentic rural lifestyle and see the plantations of tobacco, cotton anaseed, sesame and wheat, as well as greenhouse for growing vegetables. There is a secure service bridge for entrance to the Canyon. From the very beginning, the visitors are fascinated by the spring water crashing in white foams and the heavenly greenery of the surroundings. Saklikent is a haven in the suffocating summer days, and the 3-km walk, wading in the cool water, is an ideal sport for everyone.
The story of how Saklikent was discovered is quite interesting. During the reseach in connection with the venture of a shepherd to establish a trout farm in the region, a service bridge had to be constructed here, thus opening the doors of this secret paradise to the visitors. At first the Canyon was considered only for trout farms, but plans had to be extended to meet the requirements of the visitors due to ever increasing popularity of the area.
Saklikent is also a focal point for geologists and speleologists. 3 kms of the 18 km canyon may be covered by wading into the water and stepping over rocks. If you are an adventurer and wish to go further, you must have the necessary professional rigging and suitable clothing for this hard task.
High in the mountains above Fethiye, rushing torrents of icy cold water cut a narrow gorge through the mountains over thousands of years, creating Saklikent Gorge. A natural wonder, the resulting canyon is 300 metres deep and 18 kilometers long and offers visitors one of the most breathtaking excursions in all of Turkey. Saklikent Gorge has walls reaching a height of 300 metres and is navigateable for the first 18 kilometres. (Hidden Valley) Saklikent in Turkish means "Hidden City". The walls are so high that they cut out most of the sunlight and the fresh spring waters that flow through are freezing cold! A cool refuge on hot summer days, (Hidden Valley) Saklikent Gorge is a favourite picnic spot where rustic restaurants overhanging the river serve delicious fresh trout and other local delicacies. You may reach Saklikent, 31 miles (50 km) to Fethiye, by car or with one of the tours organised from Oludeniz- Fethiye.
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