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Kaunos, Dalyan

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Ruin · Historic Site
Explore the ancient ruins of Kaunos, once an important sea port founded in the 9th century BCE between the empires Caria and Lycia. Because of manmade alterations to the landscape, the site no longer sits directly on the coast. You'll need to join a guided boat trip or board one of the private rowing boats in Dalyan that take you across the river and walk 20 minutes to the site. Walk along the remnants of city walls up to the acropolis perched on a 152 m (500 ft) high rock, which offers vistas of the ruins, the river, the bay, and the beach. A Hellenistic-Roman theater on the slope of the acropolis is still occasionally used for performances. See the gymnasium with its Roman baths, a wind-measuring platform, and a domed Byzantine basilica. Do not miss the floor mosaics next to the basilica. Wear sensible shoes, since you'll be doing lots of walking. PutKaunos into our Dalyan road trip planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Kaunos just wonder around for hours you can feel your back in time. Great views and very few people to spoil your day. Ancient Theatres, Temples, Churches, High Streets and a Harbour. I don’t think...  more »
  • Have been going to Dalyan for 3 years and this was the first visit to Kaunas and it was well worth it  more »
  • A lot to see at Kaunos, 3 main areas, the temple at the top of the hill, amphitheatre and the fountain. It hot there so the walk or tractor and trailer to the temple is a hot one. Go early morning to miss the midday heat. Now it's being better preserved but you can still get to most areas that give the better views. Dates back to early Roman and is still a wonder to walk in the ancients foot steps.
  • Fantastic ruin set on the hillside slipping down to the lagoon. Theatre is particularly lovely. If you go in summer avoid the night of the day as it can get very hot
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