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Cave Zeus, Guzelcamli

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The Cave of Zeus is a show cave located in Kuşadası, Aydın Province, in the Aegean Region of western Turkey.The cave is within Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park, immediately west of the town of Güzelçamlı in Kuşadası district. It is situated about 200m west of the national park's entrance at Dilek Peninsula. The cave is reached by a 20m long slippery, stoney trail southwards. The cave's mouth is hidden from view, as it is covered with trees, plants and flowers. The cave can be accessed from the district's center of Kuşadası via dolmuş, which shuttle the route to and from Güzelçamlı regularly.The cave was formed as a result of a sinkhole eroding a kalk formation by a subterranean river. Its base has the shape of a pool. The blue-green colored carbonated mineral water of the cave is a brackish mixture of spring water from the mountain and salty seawater. The deep pool attracts the attention of local and foreign visitors year-round for bathing and swimming. The cave is 10- deep and 10- wide with a length of 20m.According to Ancient Greek mythology, Zeus, the Olympian ruler of the skies, used to hide in the cave to escape the fury of his brother Poseidon, the ruler of the seas after Zeus angered him. Poseidon, in his wrath, would unleash very high waves and other dangerous water conditions with his trident. As a popular habit visitors tie a cloth piece on a wishing tree next to the cave's mouth in the hope that their wish comes true.
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  • If you don't like swimming it's not necessary to go, Zeus cave is amazing place for swimming, go with your group not lonely, use of swimming tools, Take a small bus in front of "koşadasi terminal", to...  more »
  • Our Hotel was a 10 minute walk away so we were able to go early - later in the day it would be swamped with jeep tours and excursions. It's not very big and with a large crowd it would be difficult to...  more »
  • Great place to cool off, nice setting. The cave of zeus is not accessible for wheel chair users. To reach the cave you have to climb some rocks.  more »

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The former fishing town of Kuşadası today harbors cruise ships, and the coastal area teems with discount accommodations, budget- and family-friendly three-star hotels, and hostels. Mass tourism reigns here; you'll find similar mid-rise hotels in the town center. A little north of the yacht marina, you'll find a handful of slightly more upscale four-star hotels and resorts that offer relief from the shopping whirlwind. All accommodations are relatively close to the sights and retail therapy.
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