The Kauniannecropolis Is A Real Turkish Delight

By on October 10, 2016

The group of six rock-cut tombs, including the largest, unfinished one have been borne dumb witnesses to the events throughout the past thousands of years.

Cut high into the dramatic cliff face are the most incredible structures representative of a culture-rich land offering one of the planet’s most engrossing vistas. You can’t fail to be moved by the scale of it all enveloping centuries of heart-felt history and a burning passion for life.

These imposing structures are only a small section of the 170 or more rock-cut graves of various shapes, making up the temple tombs and clustered in two main groups. All date to the mid-4th century BC and thought to be the burial places of local royalty or aristocracy. Reflecting the mixed cultural character of Kaunos, these graves depict a Persian influence with an Anatolian standard. Their creators chose to execute them as imitations of small Greek temples in the Ionic order (there is one example in the Doric one). Of special interest is the second grave from the right, conceived as the largest of the group, but clearly never completed. What remains of it clearly illustrates how they were hewn out of the cliff from the top down, first as a rough shape, with details to be finished later. Why this one remains unfinished is unknown.
Although the Temple Tombs can’t be accessed at this time, their imposing sight, best seen from across the river or even better from a boat, is simply unforgettable. The area just below used to be the approach to an ancient harbour, and wherever you look this is the perfect place to let the imagination run riot.

Each morning a glorious fleet of brightly painted boats sets off down the Dalyan River to carry visitors to the sumptuous sandy Iztuzu beaches on the most enthralling of Turkish deltas. But wherever you look in delightful Dalyan, you’ll discover a homely holiday backwater unspoiled by mass tourism and
the beach at Iztuzu of course, is home to the world famous Caretta Caretta turtles with the delta, a protected National Conservation area also carrying more than 200 species of birds.

It’s all guarded by a wonderfully green valley, a fabulous setting for a relaxing holiday and just made for exploring. So if you like to do far more than stretch out in the sun, Dalyan’s potent mixture of mystery and nature will certainly stir the senses. Dalaman airport is just 25 minutes away by road.

English is spoken widely here and Dalyan has a post office, bank, supermarket and several other retailers. Temperatures range from 18 degrees Celcius in April to 38 in July. It does rain in winter however, and this makes Dalyan so lush and green. The great thing is bright and sunny days can still be enjoyed in January.

Turkey currently offers excellent value for money when it comes to property investment. There’s a fabulous luxury detached villa set in private landscaped gardens located in a very sought after area. Close to the river and rock tombs, you’ll also be perfectly situated for the Dalyan centre where all the shops bars and restaurants are located. The villa benefits from fantastic panoramic views. This villa is truly luxurious and finished to the highest of standards complete with six en-suite bedrooms, four of which are on the ground floor and two on the first floor. There are two large living-dining areas and two fitted kitchens. Again, one is situated on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The kitchens are fully equipped and include fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker hob and extractor fan, dishwasher and washing machine. The villa has air conditioning units in every room which turn to warm heat in the cooler months.

There are doors leading from both living areas onto a large terrace-balcony, ideal for relaxing or outdoor dining. There is a brick built BBQ area complete with bar sink worktop and cupboards ready v for all the outdoor cooking. The villa has a large private swimming pool and walled private gardens full of established trees and plants. The garden also boasts a traditional Turkish seating area or kosk, for those lazy afternoons reading and relaxing in the sun, ideal as a large family holiday home or holiday rental, the villa has a very good track record of holiday rentals. Current bookings will be passed to the new owner on completion of the sale. The price is €410,000. (

Villa Leyla is a luxurious property in the heart of Gulpinar, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Dalyan. The interior of this property has been finished and furnished in a grandiose style. There are two separate lounge areas, and one with a fitted kitchen and dining space. You’ll find five spectacular bedrooms all with en-suites, but there is the possibility for one of the many rooms to be an additional bedroom. You’ll love the relaxing Jacuzzi, sauna room and private pool with its own separate Jacuzzi set in large gardens. There is underfloor heating throughout the property and air-conditioning units in all rooms. This property is being sold furnished and no expense has been spared. With many additional extras and special touches, an early viewing is advised. The price is €500,000. (

From ancient Kaunos to modern day Dalyan, Turkey remains a country of dramatic contrasts and exciting property.

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