Kaunos
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The remains of ancient Kaunos include a Roman thater, a Byzantine basilica, the Roman bath, and the rock tombs.
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,178 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Interesting ruins, in a beautiful setting...easy to reach from Dalyan city, even on foot...I took the small car ferry across (fare for foot passenger is just 8,5 TL) then an easy (but hot) walk to the entrance gate, ticket is just 20 TL, so worth it, especially the amphitheater, so cool! There's a small cafe on site, near the ticket office, cold drinks available
Written May 4, 2022
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AnnBlacksea
Samsun, Turkey125 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
The ruins at Kaunas are not as spectacular as many of the ruins in Turkey so you may be disappointed but if you are in the area it is the worth the scenic drive from Koycegiz. The signs are not particularly good and so it is easy to get confused. There is also a lay by on the road for parking as there is no real car park. The entrance is also not that clear - a path leading from a cut in the fence! The best building in the ancient city is the 5000 seat theatre. There are also ruins of temples, agora, streets and baths. The city is located by the river with lush vegetation. It can get hot walking around and drinks etc at the museum shop are pricey.
Written June 4, 2021
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cttburns
Sandhurst, UK144 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Well worth a walk up... I would say you need to be pretty fit and healthy to do this.. Maybe early morning would be better not in the midday sun. Or take your car over via the car ferry near gel gor restaurant. 20tl to get across. Don't let a tour boat rip you off and take you for 300tl. You can go on the car boat on foot for 5tl each and its a two minute crossing. So some of these boats really do rip you off, so be careful.

Great view up there, goats, cows, tortoise... But great ruins. Very interesting!

The restaurant signposted is much further than you think so if you're walking, take water and wear trainers!!
Written August 9, 2020
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Bahadir S.
Canakkale, Turkey591 contributions
Jul 2019
Although I do not have the opportunity to visit here, our historical values, ​​I can see them during the boat tour in the Dalyan River. They are eye-catching rock tombs that are said to be 2400 years old on the slopes of the ancient city of Kaunos overlooking the river. Famous for these tombs, The Caunos Ancient City of Caunos host thousands of visitors every year. There were also boat tours from Dalyan and the journey took 10 minutes. This ancient city is also on the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List.
Written March 25, 2020
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Elias Saad
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates743 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Sailing past the ancient king’s tombs of Kaunos that have been carved into rock and the ride along dalyan river to enjoy the stunning nature is unforgettable experience.
A must visit and see when you planning your trip to Marmaris

About Kanous tombs of the kings :
Kaunos was a city of ancient Caria and in Anatolia, a few km west of the modern town of Dalyan, Muğla Province, Turkey. The Calbys river was the border between Caria and Lycia. Initially Kaunos was a separate state; then it became a part of Caria and later still of Lycia.
Written March 30, 2021
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cybermadge
Sheffield, UK1,024 contributions
Oct 2020
A must visit every year.
Fairly early start after breakfast , cloudy but humid.
5 TL each as a foot passenger on the car ferry .
10/15 minutes walk up to Kaunos.
Entry cost 14 TL each .
Buy a bottle of water at the small shop if you haven’t brought any.
It will be hot walking around with not much shade available.
Not a lot changed since last year but well worth a visit for a couple of hours and very enjoyable if you like your history.
Written October 8, 2020
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Cavcam
18 contributions
Aug 2022
A disappointment this time. The highlight of this large site, the ancient amphitheater is now closed for major repairs and similarly the ‘baths’ are closed. many other parts of the site are also fenced off. Unfortunately there was nothing about this on the website and only a small notice on the entrance kiosk which is a bit late when you’ve walked from town in the summer heat. On the plus side entry is very reasonable and there are still many things to see. The information boards are good.
Written September 3, 2022
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK981 contributions
Jun 2022
These are decent ruins, with theatre, basilica, agora and temple to explore amongst other parts. Not as well-preserved as some others we visited but still interesting: I was particularly curious that the theatre seemed to be made from different style stone to others we had seen on our trip.
The walk from the river boat stop to the ruins is about 1km and is quite hot (little shade); there is then a shorter walk on the other side back to the boat again! There is a small cafe, shop and toilets on site. You can see some of the rock tombs from the walk back to the boat.
We also saw several wild tortoises!
Written June 18, 2022
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cybermadge
Sheffield, UK1,024 contributions
Sep 2022
It’s now 25 lira per person to visit .
Nothing much has changed from last year but sadly disappointing to see the state of the only toilets available which are usually spotless.
I’m told the gents were fine but the ladies toilet didn’t flush and had an overflowing bin , clearly not monitored as this was approximately 1pm. The tap issued a pathetic trickle of water also .
( Otherwise an enjoyable and must see trip. )
Just hope there wasn’t a coach party due.
Written September 25, 2022
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Zia N
Birmingham, UK122 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
It's a small site but impressive amphitheatre and views. 14lira entry. You won't be there long unless you explore the lower sites and climb up to the acropolis too. The car park is very small and very rough approach. Better to park on a layby of the road.
But best way is to get a rowboat accross the river at 4pmish then have a sweet gozleme and then take the tractor trailer up to the site getting there after 5 when it might be slightly cooler and you can explore more comfortably. It closes at 7 in the summer and you only need max 1hr to explore the main ruins...
Written August 20, 2020
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