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Kaunos: So much more than Lycian Rock Tombs
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Kaunos: So much more than Lycian Rock Tombs

Kaunos, opposite Dalyan in Turkey, is famous for its image of the Lycian Rock Tombs that can be viewed from the famous river cruises. It is an amazing sight. The monumental and well-decorated temple tombs are carved out of the rocks dominating the Dalyan River. They are the main attraction of the many boat tours packed with tourists all summer. Unfortunately, only a few people leave the boat on the other ...
Cadianda: A site hidden in the woods near Fethiye, Turkey
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Cadianda: A site hidden in the woods near Fethiye, Turkey

We had previously mentioned how we utterly love the natural surroundings of Fethiye, Turkey. From the blue lagoon in Ölüdeniz or Saint-Nicholas Island to Butterfly Valley and the hidden waterfalls in Kabak, nature rules! And even if you leave the coastline, you see pine forests and mountains as far as reaches the eye. In those forests, near Üzümlü, you will find Cadianda (or Kadyanda), the perfect setting ...
Letoon: the Lycian festival venue
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Letoon: the Lycian festival venue

We like a bit of cult, and Letoon happens to be the sacred cult center of ancient Lycia. That and its proximity to sister-site Xanthos was enough reason to check it out. If you Google pictures from Letoon, you will find it looks romantic, with many of the pillars and monuments arising from water. It gives the site an unusual appeal while making excavations and visits difficult at certain times of the year. ...
Simena and the sunken city of Kekova: paradise exists!
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Simena and the sunken city of Kekova: paradise exists!

What's the point of visiting a sunken city, you may ask? Granted, the principle of a sunken city is that is lies under water, and as a result, it is mostly invisible. But in the case of Kekova and Simena, some parts are barely submerged, and the crystal clear water on top gives them a mysterious touch. In any case, as we have said before; anything that involves a boat trip catches our attention. And the ...
Is Xanthos, Turkey worth a visit?
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Is Xanthos, Turkey worth a visit?

A while back we told you to forget about Unesco in our post about Tlos. In that same post, we mentioned Xanthos as being part of the Lycian league, and a Unesco World Heritage site. In that perspective, it wouldn't be fair just to claim you can forget about Unesco, without actually showing you what you would miss out on if you did. After all, who are we to tell you what to do? Objectivity demands we let you ...
Tlos: the oldest Lycian city
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Tlos: the oldest Lycian city

Forget about Unesco. If your guidebook on Turkey doesn't say that Tlos is an exceptional site to visit, throw it away. :-) Yes, Unesco sites have an outstanding cultural or heritage value, but the list shouldn't result in you losing out on a remarkable place to visit just because it wasn't mentioned in it. Fortunately, we love doing research, venturing off the beaten path, and sharing our findings. Trust ...
Sidyma, Turkey: where cows pose next to Lycian Sarcophagi
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Sidyma, Turkey: where cows pose next to Lycian Sarcophagi

Picture yourself visiting one of Turkey's many ancient sites. Are you on a guided tour or an excursion lead by a tour operator? Or are you somewhat looking for a more authentic experience and something off the beaten path? If you are interested in visiting a site that may be less impressive in size but is likely to leave you with far deeper impressions and an understanding of Lycian life, then consider ...
Exploring abandoned Saint Nicholas Island, Turkey
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Exploring abandoned Saint Nicholas Island, Turkey

We may have mentioned it before; there are plenty of things to do in Fethiye, Turkey. One of our favorite places to visit must be Saint Nicholas Island. It's a little, abandoned island just off the coast of Gemile beach, past Kayaköy. It is picture perfect and will appeal to culture freaks, history lovers, beach babes, and anyone who fancies 360° stunning nature views. And we might as well confess to it, ...
Hierapolis: the underrated site behind Pamukkale, Turkey
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Hierapolis: the underrated site behind Pamukkale, Turkey

When you find a list of top things to do in Turkey, Pamukkale is bound to be on there. But rarely does that list feature Hierapolis, the ancient city that has always been home to the travertines of Pamukkale. And trust us, visiting Hierapolis is well worth your time. So don't visit Pamukkale without dedicating enough time to Hierapolis as well!Hierapolis: life in the shadow of the world famous ...
Stratonikeia, a well-kept secret in Southern Turkey
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Stratonikeia, a well-kept secret in Southern Turkey

Mid-way, between Milas and Muğla in Turkey lies Stratonikeia, a well-preserved ancient site from the Carian times. Stratonikeia was one of the most significant Carian cities, and it has been inhabited continuously since the Bronze Age. That's 1.500 BC! So how come you've never heard of it? Or you may even have driven past it and failed to stop! Turkey has so many ancient sites that people are focussing on ...

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