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Kaunos, Dalyan
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Explore the ancient ruins of Kaunos, once an important sea port founded in the 9th century BCE between the empires Caria and Lycia. Because of manmade alterations to the landscape, the site no longer sits directly on the coast. You'll need to join a guided boat trip or board one of the private rowing boats in Dalyan that take you across the river and walk 20 minutes to the site. Walk along the remnants of city walls up to the acropolis perched on a 152 m (500 ft) high rock, which offers vistas of the ruins, the river, the bay, and the beach. A Hellenistic-Roman theater on the slope of the acropolis is still occasionally used for performances. See the gymnasium with its Roman baths, a wind-measuring platform, and a domed Byzantine basilica. Do not miss the floor mosaics next to the basilica. Wear sensible shoes, since you'll be doing lots of walking. Put Kaunos and other Dalyan attractions into our Dalyan itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This archeological place is located in full nature with a fantastic panoramic sight on the beach the sea and the surroundings mountains 
  • Leave the rock-cut tombs into the history yourself if you have the opportunity of exhaustion closely page enter banyolarina ugranmasi do not go to es Cara
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  • We visit Dalyan every year, but I have never had to opportunity to visit Kaunos. I had read a lot about it and had seen it when sailing past it on the river. Seeing it first hand was wonderful. It is ...  more »
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  • An ancient city spread across a wide area. It's always evolving as the archeologists piece together more and more. There is an amphitheatre, bath house, and loads of other ruined structures. Incredible! It's mind blowing that a civilisation over 2000 years old was so complex and modern.
  • Totally love this place no crowds great views you can wonder around all day just soaking up the atmosphere
  • Not publicised enough. What a treasure to visit!
  • It is a lovely place. And definitely a sight worth seeing. The only downside is the longer distance from Marmaris (the town where we were residing). The roundtrip took around 8 hours by boat total. All in all I enjoyed it.
  • Well worth a visit