The magic Saklikent Gorge, Turkey

 

There are many beautiful places in Turkey , that were created by nature and which are worth a visit . One of them is Saklikent Gorge – gorge dug by water flowing down from the mountains for thousands of years. It is located 50 km from Fethyie . You can get to the place either by car or by organized tour, which can be ordered at the hotel in Fethie.

The road passes through the village and villagers, jumped on this opportunity and  opened many restaurants on both sides of the road. Everyday they very actively tout passing tourists. On our way to Saklikent, we decided that we have to stop in one of them and to taste the local cuisine. The restaurant was run by three women –  two older and one young woman. The place was furnished in a typical oriental style with seats on the floor, laid out carpets and low tables.

Saklikent - Local restaurant in oriental style

Saklikent – Local restaurant in oriental style

Older women were baking the thin pancakes, which are called Lafa. We ordered two of these with cheese and meat and they were really delicious.

Saklikent - Women baking the Lafa - thin Turkish pancake.

Saklikent – Women baking the Lafa – thin Turkish pancake.

In the restaurant, besides the food,  the women also were selling  honey, olives, syrup from carobs, pomegranates etc. All these products were made by their own hands, from everything that this abundant land has to offer.

Saklikent - Local products:  honey, olives, syrup from carobs, pomegranates etc

Saklikent – Local products: honey, olives, syrup from carobs, pomegranates etc

Then we proceeded to the Saklikent. At the entrance to the gorge one man was selling or giving on hire rubber slippers, because we had to go in the water. If you want to avoid hiring these not so comfortable shoes, you can bring your own shoes, which are good for walking in the water.

Saklikent -  selling or giving on hire rubber slippers

Saklikent – selling or giving on hire rubber slippers

We took the slippers and hit the road. Entrance to the gorge costs 15 Turkish lira.

The gorge is narrow therefore the sun barely penetrates into it.  Water is flowing down from the mountains, and is pulling a limestone with it. That’s why it has white and blue colour.

Saklikent: The white-blue color of the water

Saklikent: The white-blue colour of the water

Inside the gorge it was quite cold. And for our astonishment, we saw, how brave german tourists, which are not as spoiled by the sun and warmth, as we are,  were walking in swimsuits.  For comparison, we were wearing warm jackets. The route length is about 3 miles.  At the beginning of the route you have to walk in the water, and the depth there is little bit above the knee, but the stream is very strong.

Saklikent - the powerful stream at the entrance to the gorge

Saklikent – the powerful stream at the entrance to the gorge

Then, almost the entire route the water barely reaches the ankles, though in several more place the water was deep.

Saklikent - Inside the gorge

Saklikent – Inside the gorge

Route ends with the beautiful waterfall.  Perhaps the pass continues, but no one wanted to check it, because at this point everyone was completely frozen (people in swimsuits and people in sweaters).

Saklikent - Cold water of the waterfall

Saklikent – Cold water of the waterfall

The walls of the gorge carved by the water and wind have taken beautiful and unique shapes. Like a passage to another world with huge gates.

When the number of tourists decreased, and the voices and the laughter calmed down, the magic of space came into its own. The captivating sound of flowing water complements the unique landscape of the place.

Saklikent - Like a passage to another world with huge gates.

Saklikent – Like a passage to another world with huge gates.

Once out on dry land after a cold walk, we enjoyed a hot Turkish black tea. The warm pleasantly penetrated into the body, warming it from the inside.

Saklikent Gorge - A cup of warm tea in the beautiful place

Saklikent Gorge – A cup of warm tea in the beautiful place

On the way back, we met again with the tenant of rubber shoes. We bought olive soap, made ​​by his wife, and set off to other nice places of this beautiful country.


 

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