While the main peak of Babadağ rests at 1969 meters (6460 feet), the secondary summits stands at an elevation of 1400 meters (4593 feet) above the sea level, thus proffering some breathtaking views of the valleys and terrains of Oludeniz. The limestone crag is home to dense plantations of Cedrus libani and Acer undulatum, among other species of native flora like cedar and orchids. It remains popular as a rare specimen of a cliff that rises straight from the sea level and reaches a height of 1969 meters. Dotted with an array of beautiful trees and shrubs, Babadağ is a famous hiking spot. Several hiking paths used by herds and shepherds take climbers up its imposing peak. Also, its proximity to the windy sea of the city makes it a wonderful destination for paragliding.
Saklikent Görge is one of the most beautiful attractions and largest gorges in Turkey drawing thousands of tourists every year. Formed over millions of years by the strength of water rushing through it, this gorge is a great place to cool off in the summer months. Those who undertake the long and strenuous hike through the gorge are awarded a superb view of the waterfall. The more adventurous can venture into the refreshing water for a quick dip. A visit to Saklikent Görge is a wonderful break from the mainstream sightseeing and is a must when in the city.
Kayaköy has been deserted since 1923 and is a ghost town with crumbling buildings. It was home to many Greeks who were forced to abandon their homes after the Greco-Turkish War, where Greece lost badly. The empty, roofless houses, churches, cisterns and fountains now ravaged by time and weather, gives it an ancient look, as if it were centuries old. UNESCO adopted Kayaköy as a World Friendship and Peace Village. It is indeed a grim reminder of what wars can do to a nation and its people.
The Ancient Greek city of Letoon , sometimes called as Letoum, was a former sanctuary of Leto beautifully located near the historic city Xanthos, Lycia. Touted to be one of the significant religious center, the site lies close to the Xanthos River. In 1962, the foundations of the Hellenistic temple devoted to Leto, Artemis and Apollo, have been unearthed at this site.
Xanthos was once the capital of the ancient empire of Lycia and the glorious abode of the much revered Lycians. The Lycians first came into prominence around 1200 BCE when they invaded the Hittite Empire. Although the Lycians imbibed much from the Hellenic and Roman cultures, they nevertheless successfully maintained their own unique identity throughout their long and colorful history. The city continued to be inhabited well into the 7th Century CE, before it was reduced to ruins as a result of the Arab invasion. The ruins of Xanthos, along with those of Letoon nearby, have contributed much to our understanding of the culture, beliefs and lives of the Lycians. A number of epigraphs have been uncovered at both sites and have provided a valuable insight into the history of this region. At the site of Xanthos you will encounter a magnificent theatre and numerous funerary monuments, while the site of Letoon is best known for its nymphaeum. Replete with stunning architectural remains, sculptures and more, a visit to Xanthos and Letoon is sure to delight history buffs and art enthusiasts alike. The two sites of Xanthos and Letoon have been jointly designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.