The Saklıkent Canyon

The Saklıkent National Park is located in Fethiye – Mugla. The Canyon is around 40 km due east of Fethiye and north of Kaş. Saklıkent can be accessed via the Kalkan – Yesilova road leading to the village of Palamut, and from the north via the Kemer road. Saklıkent is a Canyon that is unbelievably beautiful and mystic in Turkey. The Canyon was declared as a National Park In 1992.

The Beauty of The Saklıkent Canyon

The Saklıkent Canyon in Saklıkent National Park is 18 km long, 300 meters deep and is steep and narrow. The Saklıkent Canyon is longer by 4 km each than the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia and the Koprulu Canyon in Turkey. After Verdon in France and Vikos in Greece, it is considered to be the third-longest canyon in Europe. The Saklıkent Gorge also known as “Hidden Valley” or The Lost City. This valley with a stream flowing through the icy waters. Streams of water is really cold. It may take longer to get used to the cold water. This cold water, spring water of the Bey Mountains within the terms of the areas that are eminently valuable is water.

The History of the Saklıkent Canyon

The Canyon is walkable after April when most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River.  Summer is the best time to visit as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with cold water. The water at the bottom is cold even in summer, because sunlight hardly penetrates, and it is possible to walk through the water, and sometimes on suspended wooden platforms in Saklıkent National Park. It is among the canyons that attract the most attention of tourists in Turkey. Approximately 200 – 300 thousand people visit the canyon every year. There are sixteen caves from Roman times they used it as a shelter almost 2000-3000 years ago. Saklıkent Canyon has steep slopes.

The heigh difference in Saklıkent

There is 700m. the difference in height between the entrance and the exit of Saklıkent. While walking through Saklıkent Canyon you generally sink deeply into wet clay. On the way, you can take a quick shower under small waterfalls. Saklıkent Canyon located between two mountains are quite deep canyon.

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