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Last updated: 05 April, 2024
Expert travel writer: Jeremy Seal

At 300m deep, Turkey’s most dramatic gorge makes for a wonderful walk and wade along some 4kms of its full 18km extent.

At the sheer-sided entrance, where the Dargaz River runs strong, raised walkways lead to the trail where the water in places rises to the chest, with some moderate clambering.

After returning along the canyon, retire to one of the charmingly rickety waterside eateries clustered beyond the entrance, where the stream runs wide and shallow.

Or hire a tube to float and bounce downstream for a few kilometres in the company of experienced guides, expecting the odd bump and bruise if the water is low.

Logistics

Price from: £4
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: 2 hours

Getting there & doing it

Drive yourself (50kms from Fethiye, 20kms from Kalkan; plenty of easy parking) or join a tour setting out from Fethiye or Kalkan. Wear good water shoes and swimming gear, and bring a change of clothes and a towel. There is a minimal entrance fee.

There are lots of places to eat; the ones nearest the entrance are the busiest and least appealing.

When to do it

The gorge is open from April to October; but closed if there’s the least prospect of rain and life-threatening flash floods. In high summer a visit offers a welcome opportunity to cool off as the water is very cold.

Avoid the (mainly Russian) tour groups by visiting first thing or in the early evening.

Who to go with: organised tours

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