You may remember several weeks ago we visited Tlos, an ancient city in the mountains behind Fethiye. We decided to check out Saklikent Gorge, a few kilometres away, as we headed back to A B Sea.
This is one of the major tourist destinations close to Fethiye and we’d wanted to visit last time we were in Turkey. At 18km long and 300m deep, Saklikent is one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is the second largest in Europe. And it is the largest gorge in Turkey. Not a bad rep.
It was on the way back to Kaş, so we followed the signs.
About 1 Km before we reached Saklikent, we spotted a sign that said Gizlikent Şelalesi. To our English speaking ears Gizlikent sounded similar to Saklikent, so we figured it might be something worth visiting. Intrigued, we set off down the picturesque road and arrived at what looked like a fairly large complex with a few tourist shops and signs showing food. This was obviously busy during the summer season. However this was January and we could only see one other couple, renting what looked like water shoes, from a guy who seemed happy to have any visitors at all.
Looking at the English on the sign over the door, we learned that ‘Şelalesi’ means waterfall. Cool.
The fellow told us that once we’d descended to the creek, we’d have to walk upstream to actually see the waterfall. We didn’t think we’d do that (and freeze our feet off), so we declined the shoes.
Following his gestured direction, we descended about 250 steps through a delightfully untouched wooded path. As we descended the rugged steps, I instantly began to feel at home, surrounded by the ancient hillside, and Nature’s finest greenery. All lit by cool lemony winter light dappling through the leaves. I took a deep breath and filled my lungs with the ‘green scented air’ and relaxed. What a wonderful discovery.
On the way down was a moss covered tree whose leafless branches reached up towards the light while its roots dug deep into the hillside. A trickle of water quietly made its way through the moss. I instantly regretted my decision to leave my phone/camera in the car but Baz filmed the tree with the Sony and you can see it in this week’s video (as we return to the car park).
After a short walk we arrived at our destination. We carefully picked our way over rocks in the stream to get from the base of the path to the wooden platform which had been built partly over the stream.
I took in another deep breath and exhaled slowly as I turned around, viewing the surroundings. The walls of the hills on either side were covered with maiden’s hair fern which I absolutely love. I tried to grow some in a plant