The ferry boat will row you across the river from Dalyan and after a short stroll beneath the imposing Lycian tombs, the track climbs gently up to the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos. Little traffic uses this farm track and you are likely to meet the local housewives serving Gozleme and Ayran (pancakes and yogurt drink) along the way. Storks nest here and there are many birds and other wildlife in this peaceful spot.

The original settlement is believed to date from 3000 BC and was once a major port, trading with the nearby island of Rhodes in slaves and salt.

It is now possible to see the extensive city walls, the large amphitheatre with wonderful sea views and several temples which have been recently excavated. Well preserved Roman Baths and a Byzantine Church and the beautiful Agora (market place) fan out from the top of the hill above the delta.

Climbing to the top of the acropolis is worth the effort for the views but only advisable for those who are not faint hearted, you will need sturdy shoes and a water bottle!

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