Alında: tucked away in the sacred Latmos mountains

What makes an ancient site special enough to visit it? At Alında, that could be many things; the setting, for starters, tucked away in the beautiful Latmos Mountains, also home to Lake Bafa. Or the cities’ notorious past: home to Ada, Queen of Caria, who adopted Alexander the Great as her son. And even the few still standing ruins, with the Agora as the cherry on the cake. You could say that Alında has a bit of everything, but above all, it has a great atmosphere. Combine it with a visit to nearby Alabanda for the perfect day out.

The Impressive Wall Of The Agora

The Impressive Wall Of The Agora

Alında, home to a queen in exile

Looking at Alında today, you wouldn’t guess that this was once a city so important, it was chosen by Queen Ada of Caria to live in exile after being overpowered by her brother Pixodarus. The annals of the city probably date back to Hittite times, where it is mentioned as Ialanti. But it didn’t put its stamp on history until 334 BC when Alexander the Great captured Miletus and Caria, and Queen Ada decided to adopt him as her son. After supporting him in conquering Halicarnassus, Ada was reappointed as the queen of Caria until she died. With the death of their queen, the Carians saw Alında disappear into the hands of the Greeks, and later the Seleucids in the 3rd century BC. As an important trading center, the city cast its own coins up until the 3rd century AD.

What A Setting For The Agora!

What A Setting For The Agora!

Alında’s landmarks

The remaining structures of the site are not too far apart from each other and surrounded by lush greenery and the fascinating boulders of Latmos. A walk around Alında doesn’t feel like you’re exploring an ancient site or city. This place feels like discovering beautiful mountain slopes who happen to have some extraordinary ruins standing on them. The Agora is undoubtedly the most famous of them all, but there’s more to Alında than its Agora. Check out the pictures below to see what we’re talking about.

One Of The Watchtowers Dominates The Hill

One Of The Watchtowers Dominates The Hill

The Agora & Market Building

If there’s one image that you might have seen from Alında, it will be that of the Agora and Market Building. The almost 100 m long and 12 m high building dominates the view right above the town of Karpuzlu, also the endpoint of the Carian Trail. Two stories of the original three are still relatively intact. On the first floor were two rows of 12 rooms, probably shops. The second floor was probably a long stoa with a central colonnade with 20 double Doric order columns. This level was right below the passage area of the Agora, to which the top floor of this Market Building opened up. The easiest way to access this area is to drive through the town center. The road to the Agora is waymarked, and there’s parking space near the path leading up to the building.

Fiercely Standing Columns Inside Alında's Agora

Fiercely Standing Columns Inside Alında’s Agora

Alında's Agora Seen From Above With Karpuzlu Below It

Alında’s Agora Seen From Above With Karpuzlu Below It

Seen From A Distance, The Massive Agora Wall Gives A Fair Impression Of The Former Size Of The Building

Seen From A Distance, The Massive Agora Wall Gives A Fair Impression Of The Former Size Of The Building

All around the watchtower

The walk up to the beautifully preserved Hellenistic watchtower is pure bliss. You’ll love the spectacular views during the hike, and once you’ve reached the tower. This building looks as if it came straight out of the Minecraft game. Nearby you will also spot the remains of a temple, or at least its foundations, and the ruins of a few Hellenistic buildings.

The Scenic Setting Of One Of The Watchtowers

The Scenic Setting Of One Of The Watchtowers

The Watchtower Is Dominating The Landscape

The Watchtower Is Dominating The Landscape

Part Of Alında's City Walls

Part Of Alında’s City Walls

The Theatre

Alında’s Theatre is integrated into a steep hill, just below the summit. It had a seating capacity of approximately 5.000 on 31 rows of seats, divided into two parts by a Diazoma. It had a horseshoe-shaped orchestra and vaulted entrances to the Diazoma on two sides. The retaining walls of the Theatre and the arched entrances are well-preserved. Once inside, you’ll notice that nature took over, and little to no excavations took place.

At The Back Of The Theatre In Alında

At The Back Of The Theatre In Alında

The Theatre At Alında Is Perched Up High On The Mountain Flank

The Theatre At Alında Is Perched Up High On The Mountain Flank

The Roman Aqueduct

Near the west end of the acropolis, you’ll see the remains of a Roman Aqueduct with four arches where there used to be a river bed. The Aqueduct used to be roughly 85 m long, and 7 m high. Even today, parts of the stone plates that formed the canal on top of the Aqueduct are still visible. Researchers determined that a 12 km long water transport made out of baked clay pipes carried water from a nearby spring to the Aqueduct.

When The Clouds Add That Bit Of Drama To Alında's Aqueduct

When The Clouds Add That Bit Of Drama To Alında’s Aqueduct

A Sarcophagus Stands Next To The Aqueduct At Alında

A Sarcophagus Stands Next To The Aqueduct At Alında

Alında is another one of those places often overlooked by travelers. If you make time to visit it, we promise it will be worthwhile. Please note that this site is unexcavated, and there are no facilities on-site. You won’t see any information boards either. And it doesn’t matter. The ruins speak for themselves. If you feel like it, head over to Alabanda before or after your visit. It’s only about half an hour away by car! For more practical information to prepare your visit, check out the tabs below this post.

Karpuzlu Village With The Alında Ruins In The Background

Karpuzlu Village With The Alında Ruins In The Background

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Entrance to Alında is free of charge. Bear in mind that there are no facilities on-site. Carry plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes, and bring something to protect you from the heat and the sun. You don’t have to walk too far to access the ruins if you drive to the Agora, and then later to the Aqueduct.

You won’t find too many reviews on TripAdvisor about Alında, but it seems that most people share our enthusiasm. Do you still have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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Now that you’re here, make sure to check out nearby Alabanda as well. Yes, another ancient site, but with a very different feel to it. We promise you won’t regret it!

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Why not do something extra special and rent a 4×4 camper truck to explore the area? It will be the experience of a lifetime! Check out this Toyota Hilux Campervan on AirBnb here.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You reach Karpuzlu and Alında by turning off the main road connecting Aydın to Çine. There is scarce public transport from these towns to Karpuzlu. Alternatively, you can also reach the site via the mountain road from Bodrum or Milas.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Entrance to Alında is free of charge. Bear in mind that there are no facilities on-site. Carry plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes, and bring something to protect you from the heat and the sun. You don’t have to walk too far to access the ruins if you drive to the Agora, and then later to the Aqueduct.

You won’t find too many reviews on TripAdvisor about Alında, but it seems that most people share our enthusiasm. Do you still have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Now that you’re here, make sure to check out nearby Alabanda as well. Yes, another ancient site, but with a very different feel to it. We promise you won’t regret it!

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Why not do something extra special and rent a 4×4 camper truck to explore the area? It will be the experience of a lifetime! Check out this Toyota Hilux Campervan on AirBnb here.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You reach Karpuzlu and Alında by turning off the main road connecting Aydın to Çine. There is scarce public transport from these towns to Karpuzlu. Alternatively, you can also reach the site via the mountain road from Bodrum or Milas.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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