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Kaunos, Dalyan

(4.5/5 based on 850 reviews on the web)
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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  • We were here as a group of hitchhikers. beautiful place, I recommend the route of Dalyan, then by rowing boat for 5YTL out and back on the other side and then ca. 2 km. Fuß.Das antique Kaunos must man have historical preparation via the Internet a must seen. 10YTL take water with admission, that are worth huge selection, camera, binoculars also.
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  • The Kaunians themselves said to originate from Crete, created a city on top of the heights between the 4th & 6th Century BC (depending on who is giving the guided tour!). There have been archaeologica...  more »
  • Antique and historical topics, with an interest in the need of to. As a society, unfortunately, ruins music culture. A place that must be visited
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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