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Xanthos - Lycian Antique City

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Address: Kinik, Kalkan 07970, Turkey

Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city...

Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.

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Ancient City

Excellent site with Café and toilets. You are allowed to roam across the site and wander along a roman road.

Reviewed 12 October 2014
Karen F
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

Excellent site with Café and toilets. You are allowed to roam across the site and wander along a roman road.

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17 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2014

You won't need very long here, perhaps an hour or two maximum but it's well worth it. Some locals linger around within the ruins giving you information and trying to be your tour guide for a small fee, if you don't want this then be clear with them and they won't take offense. Tie this in with a trip to... More 

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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

Fantastic place to visit - thoroughly recommended although try to visit when it's not too hot or if you do - remember your water!

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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

We visited these ruins as part of a day excursion. its worth the climb to the top purely for the views of the surrounding landscape. The ruins are intersting for a shortish visit.

1 Thank marksnipp
Bonn, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2014

We visited the site on our drive from Kalkan to Fethiye. The site is easy to reach by car. When we reached, we were asked for an entry fees by a man who had reciept printing machine as well in his hand. Initially, we were not sure if this is a scam . But, the person gave us a reciept... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Like many ancient cities in Turkey, this has such potential. If funding were available to look after the sites properly they would be incredible. We loved the road east of the car park, one of the widest and best preserved ancient roads I've ever seen, just beautiful. Young men are around everywhere trying to sell you a tour, a good... More 

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Saint Sampson, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2014

We visited Xanthos which is off the main Fethiya to Kalkan main road. There are about 3 brown signs along the road and the one closest to Fethiya is probably the best one. The site is full of ruins but they are interesting and cover quite a large area. The amphitheatre is good. I am not sure if Lycian is... More 

2 Thank Colin_Guernsey
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

Peace and quiet, good guide from ABI tours. Cool enough to walk around. Amazed you can walk anywhere around the site.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

Lycian city from about 300 B.C.-700A.D. Not well excavated yet, but interesting as it was a site of mass suicide against Persians. Several pillars dedicated to this.. One can see the pillars written in Lycian and in Greek to compare. The mosaics are covered and not fully excavated yet. The water storage cisterns and piping to the royal houses interesting.... More 

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Lymm, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2014

worth a trip if you get chance. Like all ancient ruins, it can make for a very hot day out in mid-summer.

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