Girmeler Spa and İsli Cave Swarmed by Visitors
İsli Cave (Cave of Alexander the Great) situated in Girmeler Village has significant historical and touristic potential in Seydikemer and continues attracting attention. As one of the favourite destinations for tourists visiting Fethiye, Isli Cave has become very important for health tourism.
The Cave of Alexander the Great, also a favourite spot for jeep safari tours, is 7 km long…The cave is a centre of attention with healing waters and historical figures at the end of Tlos Ancient Town. Being photographed by visitors, the cave was also shown by one of the national news televisions at the weekend.
CAVE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT:
The cave is located in Girmeler (Gebeler) Village, at a distance of 30 km to Fethiye. Known as İsli Cave of Alexander the Great, this thermal cave is situated on the road to Saklıkent. Its distance to Dalaman Airport is 80 km. The road to the thermal cave passes through pine forests and natural olive trees. Waters boil in 3 caves. It is possible to reach one of the sources with 50 stairs. It is 15 m deep. There are 20 stairs to reach down the further cave. Its depth is 5 m. And the other cave further from this cave is at a distance of 30 m and 3 m deep. There are natural pools in the bottom of the caves. They attract great attention. The reason of depth differences in these three sources is the steep area.
The cave is 50 m high from the sea. The thermal waters are salty, bitter, bicarbonate and alkaline waters. These waters are good for gastrointestinal, intestinal, liver, gall bladder, skin and rheumatism diseases. The water temperature is 36 degrees. The historical cave, 7km, reaches Tlos Ancient Town at the end. Despite the destroyed lion heads on the front walls of the cave, several figures on the ceiling draws great interest. Tourists visiting the cave took the photos of these figures on the walls. Our volunteer reporter Mustafa Soku in Seydikemer District followed the visitors of the cave. It is reported that about 400 people visit the area by tours and safari groups in summer.