İncekaya Aqueduct and Tokatlı Canyon

The second stop on my day exploring the area around Safranbolu was outside the village of İncekaya to see the İncekaya Su Kemeri. It’s a Byzantine aqueduct rebuilt by İzzet Mehmet Paşa in the 1790s. The aqueduct crosses a small canyon and has a nice viewing platform from where you can get a good perspective. It’s also possible to walk across.

İncekaya Su Kemeri in Turkey

İncekaya Su Kemeri

İncekaya Su Kemeri in Turkey

İncekaya Su Kemeri

From the middle of İncekaya Su Kemeri in Turkey

From the middle of İncekaya Su Kemeri

After admiring the aqueduct, I climbed down the steps from the viewing platform into Tokatlı Kanyonu. I took a nice two hour hike through the peaceful canyon without seeing another soul the entire time.

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

The only sounds I heard were the birds chirping and the flow of a small creek through the canyon. I even met a friendly horse grazing in a small opening.

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

Tokatlı Kanyonu in Turkey

Tokatlı Kanyonu

As far as I know, there’s no public transportation to the aqueduct and canyon. For my excursion, I hired a taxi for a total of 90TL to take me to Bulak Mencilis Mağarası, the aqueduct, and the village of Yörükköyü. A trip to each site individually would have cost 35TL, but the driver offered to do all three for 90TL. There wasn’t a schedule and I was able to take my time at each site.

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