We had previously mentioned how we utterly love the natural surroundings of Fethiye, Turkey. From the blue lagoon in Ölüdeniz or Saint-Nicholas Island to Butterfly Valley and the hidden waterfalls in Kabak, nature rules! And even if you leave the coastline, you see pine forests and mountains as far as reaches the eye. In those forests, near Üzümlü, you will find Cadianda (or Kadyanda), the perfect setting for a stunning hike drenched in history and a fairy-like atmosphere.
An ancient site? Or a hike in the forest?
A visit to Cadianda will give you both history and nature. It is a fabulous day out in all seasons, as the trees protect against heat and cold. The site is high up in the hills above Fethiye, Turkey. It is untouched. Apart from a few informative signs, you get the feeling that most of this place still has to be uncovered. That is probably not far from the truth. As soon as you leave the path for some exploring around the Necropolis, you notice that the pine needle stacks are hiding tombs of all sorts and sizes. Now and then, you walk past a hole in the ground that turns out to be very deep, only to realize that significant parts of this city are still hidden underground. An exciting feeling!
If you do leave the paths, be cautious where you put your feet. A walking stick is a practical help to determine if you will be on solid ground. Don’t let this put you off though; there is a well-marked path all around the site which allows you to discover all of Cadianda in total safety. 🙂
Impressive ruins in stunning surroundings
Above Cadianda’s Necropolis history further unfolds with a beautiful hammam, a stadium, and even a theatre set amidst the trees and greenery. The walk takes you from one amazement to the next along scenic paths and distant views. The impressiveness of Cadianda is not about sophisticated statues and pillars, but about the serene entanglement of historical artifacts and nature, creating a new and unique form of beauty.
The silent environment of the pine needle covered wood and the almost mystical ruins and artifacts, turn your hike into a profound experience. It is fascinating to see how nature took over. Layer after layer, literally covering up history and ancient times. Nowadays, the trees and stones coexist, as if it was supposed to be like this. The sunrays draw beautiful patterns and shadows in between the trees for you to enjoy.
Practical information to visit Cadianda & Fethiye, Turkey
A visit to Cadianda from Fethiye, Turkey should be on any history and nature lover’s agenda. Check out what other travelers have to say about it on TripAdvisor.
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