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11 ANTIQUE CITIES YOU SHOULD SEE ON LYCIAN ROAD, THE BEST ROUTE IN TURKEY

The Lycian Way is one of the most favorite places for adventurers, with its natural beauties and historical heritage. This long walk between Fethiye and Antalya is on the "World's Best 10 Long Distance Walking Route" list. This route, which is approximately 535 km long, is mostly visited in spring and summer. The Lycian Way connects exactly 19 ancient cities. Although all of these ancient cities cannot be reached to this day, the remaining columns, tombs and other historical remains make it possible for people to have a unique experience.

Here are 11 ancient cities that you should see on the magnificent route, Lycian Way.

 

1.Pinara Antique city

The ancient city of Pınara is located 45 km away from Fethiye. This ancient city, built on a rounded hill, takes its name from the Pinara dialect meaning round in the Lycian language. Even though it has been damaged by this time due to the earthquakes, many rocks, sarcophagi, baths, theaters and other structures that are worth seeing are still standing.  According to mythology, Pınara Ancient City is also one of the 6 important Lycia cities with three voting rights in its era... While visiting this ancient city on the Lycian Way filled with hidden treasures, you will be really impressed and will want to take many photos.

 

2.Sidyma Antique city

Sidyma Antique city is locating near Doburga and Bogazici villages in Fethiye. At the entrance of the city there are high monumental graves and magnificent ornamental columns. Despite having a settlement nearby, this city is in the very heart of nature. While visiting this ancient city, temples dedicated to Lycian gods, large rock tombs, vines with vines will really impress you...

 

3.Xanthos (Ksantos) Antique city

Ksantos Antique city is 46 km far from Fethiye. This antique city was the biggest administration center in Lycia civilization at Antique ages and does not have any countable building as it has witnessed many wars. Artworks here are exhibited in the British Museum. This ancient city on the UNESCO World Heritage list is waiting for you with a few sarcophagus tombs, a theater and a church that have survived till today.

 

4.Pydnai Antique city

Pydnai Ancient City is located to the west of Patara Beach, one of the most beautiful natural beaches in the world near Fethiye. There is a part of the city that has reached today. Because of the earthquakes, many buildings could not survive. However, this antique city locating over a small hill is one of popular sites for venturesome people on account of its bird eye-view.

 

5.Letoon Antique city

Letoon Ancient City is 65 km away from Fethiye. According to mythology, there are three temples built for Leto, Artemis and Apollo, in the center of the city, which was founded in the name of Leto, who got pregnant from Zeus. This ancient city was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988 and is now completely abandoned. The Hellenistic Revolutionary theater is one of the rare structures that can reach today.

 

6.Antiphellos Antique city

Antiphellos Ancient City is one of the names of Kas in the Lycian period and is located at the bottom of the region. Since Kaş is built on this ancient city, there are not many buildings that have survived till today. The most important work in this ancient city is a sarcophagus consisting of a single block located at Long Bazaar Street. In addition, the ancient theater is one of the beauties that adventurers should visit.

 

7.Phellos Antique city

Phellos Antique city locates at Pinarbasi village in Kas. Its ruins arriving at today demonstrate this city was a defensive city.  In this antique city, ramparts surrounding acropolis are worth-seeing. In addition, there is a home-type rocky grave locating at west side of the acropolis. And this grave is the most exclusive samples reflecting wooden home architecture at Lycia.

 

8.Apollonia Antique city

Apollonia Ancient City is located 22 km from Kas. The city on the way to Kekova is located on a rock resembling the L-letter. A part of the walls surrounding this ancient city and reaching to this day is a church with a Byzantine structure. The most interesting and worth-seeing buildings other than the church is grave monument with 6 prismatic bodies, bathroom and theater…

 

9.Aperial Antique city

The ancient city of Aperia is a city built between Kaş and Kekova, at the foot of the Sıçak Peninsula. 

The remains of this ancient city are located on the skirts of the hill descending towards the sea. And the remains can be seen by boat tour. There are silver coins written in Lycian language in the city. The dock of the city and the structures connected to it are now flooded. However even such images appearing under the sea are enough to have impact over you.

 

10.Simena Antique city

The Simena Antique City is located in Kaleköy between Kas and Finike. The castle is still standing today. The city also has underwater rock tombs. The city is only accessible by sea and has a very impressive view. Due to the earthquakes, half of this ancient city is in the water, and half is outside the water.

 

11.Olympos Antique city

Olympos Ancient City is located 80 km south of Antalya. The name of the city means high mountain in Anatolian tongues. Passing through the middle of this ancient city, Akçay divides the city into two, making it a port city.  Olympos is a frequent destination for vacationers; it does not only combine green with blue but also offers an excellent adventure for its guests on account of its historical ruins.

 

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