Hidden Gems

Gorge on nature’s finest on your Turkey sailing trip

By Jenny Wilson
on  August 13, 2014

Fancy combining the ultimate adrenalin rush with the best that nature has to offer? If so, don’ t miss out on a trip to Saklikent Gorge during your Turkey sailing holiday.

At 20 kilometres long, Saklikent Gorge is the deepest and longest in Turkey and is the second biggest in the whole of Europe. River tube along the fast moving waters on rides that can last anything from 45 minutes to two hours. This is one of those experiences that gets your heart racing even before you begin but it is one you will be begging to do again as soon as it ends. The cold water – a result of the melted Taurus Mountains snow – is the perfect antidote to the Turkish summer sun and the gorge itself is deliciously shady and cool.

Wade through the bubbling Ulupinar Springs to reach the gorge itself and be prepared to be overawed by the sheer scale of the rocky walls that tower above. Catch your breath at one of a plethora of small eateries after your tubing ride on the waters that rush towards the Xanthos River. Sit on Turkish rugs and relax on soft cushions atop wooden platforms suspended just clear of the foaming waters below. Feast on fresh trout as you wonder at Mother Nature’s skill.

The river tubing starts just outside the gorge and nearby there are some small and very relaxed bars, providing you with a little Dutch courage before you start or a celebratory drink after you finish.

Make sure you wear sports sandals or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet when you visit. There are rubber shoes you can rent from the river bar but don’t expect them to feel very comfortable. It’s also a good idea to take along a change of clothes because you will get wet, although the Turkish sun is better than most tumble driers on many days of the year.

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