Alinda Ruins

Alinda Ruins, Aydin: Address, Alinda Ruins Reviews: 4/5

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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Turkey636 contributions
Jun 2021
Alinda
Alinda was named after Ada, a princess, who came here after a spat with her brother in 340BC. She became Queen of Caria following an arrangement with Alexander the Great. Alinda had a bishop in Byzantine times but lost importance after this.

The aqueduct and city walls across a valley are particularly impressive. It amazes me that so many of the walls of these cities are intact in an earthquake zone. The walls were built with no mortar, just carefully dressed and placed stones.

Exploring on the steep hillside on goat paths is hard work. Best visited in cooler seasons.

Driving to the car park high on the acropolis takes less effort and gives the best view of the aqueduct. However setting out through the streets of Karpuzlu and then climbing up through the city walls adds interest as the ancient and the modern mix. A stone trough that is 2500 years old is used to water animals.

There is no admission fee and no facilities but Alinda is on the edge of Karpuzlu which has a range of small shops and cafes.

Brown tourist signs guides one to Alinda from near Çine and Milas on a large road which goes through Karpuzlu In Karpuzlu look for the red and white paint marks for the footpath to the city walls of Alinda, but some markers have been defaced. A scenic drive through low hills and traditional villages leads to the nearby ancient city of Alabanda.
Written 20 June 2021
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Emre Köksal K
Aydın, Turkey5 contributions
Sep 2018
It is very nice for walking in the history. You can feel really Turkish village. I like it so much. .
Written 21 May 2019
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,057 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
AlInda is not the easiest ancient city to visit. The upper city and acropolis are best reached by road from Karpuzlu - incidentally, you can travel on to Amyzonas along this road. The reason is that there is a very steep, overgrown slope separating the upper from the lower city. There is little of great interest in the acropolis apart from some deep cisterns which are not fenced off. There is a fine aqueduct near the car park, and a path takes you past several sarcophagi to the upper city. The major features there are a fine watchtower and theatre. Drive back down to Karpuzlu and park behind the market. Find the road called Allinda Cadessi, and follow it to the end. It comes out at one of the best-preserved Hellenic market-halls in Anatolia. There is little else to see in the lower city, but the views of the Cay vall-y are pretty good.
Written 2 May 2017
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