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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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  • Historical ground and a amazing place to visit. Don't hesitate; Kaunos is a visit worth. And so near to Dalyan. Don't forget Kaunos, while visiting Dalyan.  more »
  • Kaunos is well worth the trip. Take the rowing boat over the river and then a nice walk up to the site. It is vast and best bits are the theatre and the restored temples. New bits open al the time. Be...  more »
  • We started by getting the rowing boat ferry across from Dalyan - 5tl return. Then a walk, maybe a mile, from the little village of Candir, along to Kaunos. You arrive from the back, at the top of the ...  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