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 into our Dalyan road trip planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Kaunos ancient City Kaunos Family Tea Garden, Dalyandan front of the boats you are crossing over a 5-minute drive away. I suggest you go at 7 o'clock in the morning. Sun girl in cool from you before it starts to choke, magical nature look look around the outskirts of the village where the bells go to organic agriculture is that bother you. Sneaker terms (there's about half an hour walking distance) from water or a would get Pomegranate juice necessarily sister Salam above they don't sell because. Excavations in the ancient city still continues in this big. Who knows what else. the biggest I've ever seen ancient city here. But I appeal to the Ministry of Culture received the $10 entrance fee at this place toilets dirty and poorly maintained. Cleaning the toilet bowl of the sink are not needs to be replaced. :(
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  • I love history this was a must for me breathtaking views and a fantastic roman church. But it's a 1km walk from the river to get to so be prepared for me personally it was worth it is 10tl per person ...  more »
  • We bought all of our gifts and souverniers at the Market in Kaunos. A 5 hour day trip with an hours boat ride to Kaunos from Dalyan.  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. Take the 5 Lira row boat across the river from Dalyan turn left and follow the road for 2km. Children under 12 are free. Adult tickets 10 Lira. Plan to spend 1 to 2 hrs here. No cafe so take plenty of water. You can walk through Kaunos to the next village 1km and find a cafe there.
  • A must see scene. A piece of world's most precious history lives here. A must see place.
  • Amazing, when you think How long ago these were carved. But I only saw from a boat on the river and the carved rock tombs felt too far away.
  • Amazing history and stunning to see in real life. Something that has to be seen while it can. Plus easy to do so from most boats.
  • Fantastic and very extensive ruins, plan to spend a good few hours here.

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Where to stay in Dalyan

The village of Dalyan is abundant in its family-run hostels and guesthouses. This quiet, riverside town offers older, quaint places to stay right along the river. Here, water taxis will pick you up right at your front door and whisk you off to nearby tourist attractions. You'll find newer hotels and guesthouses more inland, but still a short walk to the pier. If you're not willing to forgo luxury, look to the more upscale, coastal resorts just south of the village, which come with a ten-minute commute.
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