Apparently the second longest gorge in Europe, Saklikent is obviously a popular Turkish day trip. There is treehouse accommodation, rafting/ rubber-ring floating, market stalls and a cafe/ bar all in the parking area before you even get to the gorge. A boardwalk along the cliffs leads to the crossing point, where two rivers emerge from underground. A rope is available to hang on to and you're advised to wear shoes of some sort because the riverbed is very stony. Great fun was had by all, as you can see in the picture above......the water was less than a metre deep at the time (just to the top of my legs) but extremely cold.
The gorge itself is testament to the eroding power of rushing water over the centuries, although the river was only centimetres deep when we visited. It must be a superb sight when in flood.
It's not possible to walk the whole length of the gorge (18km). We managed about 20 minutes or so, but had an un-nerving experience when a boy who had helped us up a rocky bit (unasked) persisted in following us and made me feel uncomfortable. A pity. I'd have liked to go further. I suspect it's a regular scam, so take care.
Walking back to the crossing-point felt like walking into a hairdryer on its hottest setting. The shady cafe was very welcome.