|Wednesday 21st April – stayed home.
Thursday 22nd April – we hired a car and decided to drive around Koycegiz lake to Kaunos which we failed to reach on Tuesday due to Gill’s hip problem. Turns out we were only about 150 yards from the ruins entrance just around a corner when we turned back on Tuesday. On Thursday we got lost a few times before we actually got there. There was a distinct lack of signage after a while and once I realized that we were on a dirt road that was getting narrower and narrower as we climbed into the mountains I decided an 8 point turn was required before we disappeared for good! We eventually saw a local on a motor bike who pointed into the distance at Kaunos which was several kilometers behind us. That is, we had gone way too far. We finally arrived, paid our entrance fee, and had a good look around.
All that remains of Kaunos are the ruins of its theatre, some tombs carved into the rock of the cliff face in the Lycian style, a Byzantine church and the rectangular ruins of what’s thought to have been a temple. Also there were the remains of Roman Baths. The tombs appear suspended, cut half way up a sheer rocky cliff. Built for the city’s dead kings and dating from around 1400 BC, at night they’re illuminated with spotlights so you can get a better idea of the detail that remains in the carvings – considering how many hundreds of years they’ve been weathered they must have been very ornate when they were designed and completed. Also, Kaunos used to be a port, though nowadays with the delta silted up it requires some imagination. We were the only people wandering around the ruins as Dalyan, and the surrounding area, is still suffering from a lack of in-bound tourists due to airplane chaos that is still being sorted out.