The Turquoise Coast Sights


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Once a prosperous seaport (until silt from the river pushed the coast farther away), the ancient ruins at Kaunos date from the 4th century BC, and reflect a unique blend of Carian and Lycian influences. The site can be reached in 15 to 30 minutes by boat from Dalyan; alternately, you can find the geçit (a rowboat crossing) in the center of town, and then walk south for 30 minutes. Up from the ancient port is the agora, which has a restored fountain house and a ruined portico dotted with the foundation of statues. An old Roman street takes you up the hill, past the nice temple terrace, to a crumbling Byzantine basilica (look out for remains of black-and-white mosaics nearby), a massive Roman bath, and a well-preserved semicircular theater that is cut into the hillside in the Greek style. There is a lovely, panoramic view of Iztuzu Beach from the ruined city walls.

Sight Information


About 1 km (½ mile) southwest of Dalyan, Dalyan, 48840, Turkey

Sight Details:

  • 10 TL
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 8–7; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5

Published 07/06/2016


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