Saklikent Gorge, or the ‘Hidden City’, as it is known in Turkish, is one of the most popular destinations in Fethiye, by many considered a ‘must-see’. It is located less than 50 km from the city of Fethiye to the east. The canyon is 300 meters deep and a narrow opening stretches 18 kms into the rock face, making it the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey as well as one of the deepest in the worlds. Thousands of years of flowing waters has shaped the canyon into what it is now – a spectacular place of natural beauty.
In the gorge you can walk up to 4 km when the conditions allow. For the most part the gorge is walkable in the summer, i.e. after April, when the snow has melted from the mountains and the excess water is well on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. If the river is high you won’t be able to cross it so make sure to check the conditions ahead of your trip. Bear in mind that heavy rainfall can cause flooding, checking the weather report is a good idea.
In the summer you will find shade and be able to take a break from the heat in the cool of the canyon. If you would like to avoid the tour groups during the high-season we suggest you visit the canyon in the morning or in the late afternoon. It is also recommended to walk until the end of the gorge, if your schedule allows.
Besides wading in the waters and exploring the depth of the canyon, you may also enjoy relaxing while sitting by the waters and just listening to the flow of waters. Here and there you may find waterside cafes where you can relax and enjoy refreshments, while taking in the marvelous natural beauty of the gorge.
How to get to Saklikent Gorge
There are many ways to get to the ‘Hidden City’. The canyon is located in the Fethiye region, about 50 km east of the city of Fethiye as stated above. Besides renting a car, you can get there by public transportation on mini-bus from Fethiye. Look for the sign that says Saklikent on the bus. Perhaps the easiest way to visit the canyon is to go with a tour company. That way you will likely have the opportunity to visit other great places nearby, such as Tlos or Patra. For guests at Hillside Beach Club we offer a guided tour that combines Saklikent and Tlos among our many culture & nature tours in the region.
Good to know:
- The entrance fee is about 5 TL.
- Make sure to bring a change of clothes in case you get wet.
- Wear shoes or sandals that you don’t mind getting wet. There are rubber shoes available for rent at the river bar.
- Bring a good guide book if you choose to go without a tour guide.
- From the 1st of October to the 31st of March the canyon is closed to the public