Saklikent Canyon

Saklikent gorge, located in Seydikemer district, is a tourist sight and a natural wonder in southern Turkey. It was declared a National Park in 1996. The gorge can be reached by the main road between Fethiye and Antalya, around 47 km (29 miles) from Fethiye. There are many small countryside restaurants along the road to the site. After Kayadibi village, you reach to the canyon where you can leave your car at the entrance. There is an entrance fee to go into the gorge.

It is estimated that the canyon was formed by geological cracking ten thousands of years ago. The length of the canyon is approximately 18 km (11 miles), and its height varies between 200 and 600 meters (650-2000 feet) on average. Since the rock gap narrows to 2 meters at some points, it is almost impossible to see the sky in certain sections. The snow that falls on the peaks during the winter melts in the summer and turns into cascading water. Esen stream flows in the canyon very violently therefore it is impossible to pass through the water, hence there are hanging wooden bridges and stairs laid on the iron bars fixed to the rock wall. When you finally reach into the canyon, you can sit on the sofas built on the rushing waters and covered with local kilims and pillows, and eat pancakes or trout while cooling your feet in the ice-cold water.

There is also Saklikent ski resort on Bakirlidag, located at the peaks of the Taurus Mountains near Antalya. It's possible to ski there for 2-3 months during the winter period.