Carian Coast

If these local sites excite a passion for the ancient world, the road south leads to Stratoniceia and the romantic seaside ruins of Cnidus and Caunus. At Caunus, as well as cliffs carved with temple tombs and an ancient theatre seemingly designed for watching sunsets, the strand of white sand at the end of the river is a breeding ground for Loggerhead Turtles. Boat trips can be arranged. Whichever time of year you visit, the river teems with wild-life – terrapins, frogs, tortoises and ducks with the odd blue flash and insistent high call of a kingfisher. The banks are lined with restaurants, some of which specialise in the delicious grey mullet that migrate between the sea and nearby Koycegiz Lake.

Rock of Tombs at Caunos

Map - Byzantine Chapel - Halicarnassus
Ionian Coast - Inner Ionia - Carian Coast