Local Sites - Page 1

The local area is steeped in history, from the ancient Lycian settlements, Roman sites and the more recent Ottoman castle. 2 km from the Lodge.


Tlos is known to have been one of the most important religious centers of the Lycian region in Mugla province of Turkey. It is known as the city where mythological hero Bellerophon and his winged flying horse Pegasus lived. Determined as the oldest city of Lycian Region by the archaeological excavations, Tlos dates back to the time before 2000 B.C. The graveyard on the natural rocks of the city acropolis was filled with most elaborate house-type tombs Of Lycia. It is known that the king-type tomb in the necropolis is dedicated to Bellerophon.

As one of the six principal cities of Lycia (and one of the most powerful), Tlos once bore the title under the Roman empire of 'the very brilliant metropolis of the Lycian nation'. It is one of the oldest and largest settlements of Lycia (known as 'Tlawa' in Lycian inscriptions) and was eventually inhabited by Ottoman Turks, one of the few Lycian cities to continue it existence through the 19th century. There is evidence that Tlos was a member of the Lycian Federation from the 2nd century BC. Two wealthy philanthropists, one of which was Opramoas of Rhodiapolis, were responsible for much of the building in the 2nd century AD. Inscriptions tell us that the citizens were divided into demes, the names of three of them are known: Bellerophon, Iobates and Sarpedon, famous Lycian legendary heroes. A Jewish community is also known to have existed with its own magistrates.Tlos was re-discovered by Charles Fellows in 1838 and he was followed by the explorer Spratt, who thought that "a grander site for a great city could scarcely have been selected in all Lycia" - great praise indeed for a land abounding in grand scenery. Tlos lies on the east side of the Xanthos valley, and is dominated by its acropolis. This rocky outcrop slopes up from a plateau with a charming village, but ends on the west, north and northeast in almost perpendicular cliffs. On its slope are several Lycian sarcophagi and many house and temple-type rock-cut tombs cut into the face of the hill. The influence of many cultures upon Tlos has resulted in an interesting collage of structures. It is a romantic place with lush nature and many of the buildings are vine-covered (especially the large bath), it would have been the perfect location for any romantic painter. Yaka village now co-exists with Tlos and the fields and pomegranate trees make for very picturesque scenery. Tlos is a popular destination for tours from the coastal cities. The whole area it is situated in is beautiful with many small villages. Tours often include a trip to the beautiful Saklikent Gorge and the lovely Yakapark Restaurant. Opposite the acropolis of Tlos are some small cafés with toilet facilities. Tlos is about 4 km. northwest of Saklikent Gorge.

Saklikent Gorge

High in the mountains above Fethiye rushing torrents cut a narrow gorge / canyon through the mountains, creating Saklikent Gorge. A cool refuge on hot summer days, Saklikent 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.

The Saklikent Canyon, at 50 kms. from Fethiye, is a natural wonder. The Canyon is 300 meters deep and 18 kms. long, resulting from the abrasion of the rocks by flowing waters over thousands of years. As the level of water rises during winter months, visitors can enter the canyon only in the summer.

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 Saklikent 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 life-style 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.

Hidden ValleyThe 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.

Hidden ValleyHigh 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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