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Address: Demre (Kale), Turkey
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Built on a spectacular mountain slope, this ancient city features the...

Built on a spectacular mountain slope, this ancient city features the well-preserved Roman baths and monumental tombs.

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Dazzling, deserted ruins

Arycanda is one of the oldest Lycian cities dating back to the 5th century BC. The site was built on large terraces set into a steep hillside and mountain slopes. These... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Alice Springs, Australia

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Arycanda is one of the oldest Lycian cities dating back to the 5th century BC. The site was built on large terraces set into a steep hillside and mountain slopes. These ruins do not seem as popular as other more tourist style, heavily visited sites within Turkey. This gives you unhindered access and you almost have it all to yourself.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

One of the finest Lycian sites. Well worth getting there. Not just the remains, which are great in themselves, but also a beautiful location. And you may find you have the site to yourself.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

An interesting drive up but well worth it - not much shade on a hot day as you wander round but amazing ruins and amphitheatre which as you first wander round cannot even be seen so amazing once you see how intact it all is! Make sure you take own food and water on a hot day !

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

A large, little-visited Roman site on the road between Finike and Elmalı. On a steep hillside, rather like Delphi in Greece, Arycanda does require physical fitness, especially if you want to go up to the theatre and half-size stadium. Like so many large sites in Turkey, you are free to wander at leisure, with quite good signs explaining the different... More 

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Northamptonshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We've now visited Arykanda twice and it really doesn't disappoint. After the commercialisation of places like Myra over the last 10 years, Arykanda is still gloriously unspoilt and yet so much more interesting. It's a large site, set into a fairly steep hillside, with a wide variety of earthquake-ruined buildings at different levels which you can walk around and through... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

A 30 km drive on highway D635 North bound from Finike, you'll find this little gem. Hidden away you'll find this antique city of Arykanda back from 5'th BC. This is a nice place with a fine history, and when you hit the top of the theater, you'll have the most awesome view over the area and valley. The site... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

What an amazing site! It is massive and totally unvisited. We were the only ones combing through the whole site. A fair bit of steep climbing, but worth the effort. The Hellenistic and Roman theatre and the bath houses were amazing. The stadium and the basilica mosaics were impressive. But most of all, the setting of this ancient city is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

This place is out of the way, well removed from the hordes of package tourists along the coast. It also requires a white-knuckle drive up a one-lane road with no guard rail. The reward is ample: this site is only slightly restored, no one is there, and you can wander around and imagine all you like. The real clincher here... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

Wonderfully remote and quiet site known as "The Delphi of Turkey" steep mountainside location with all the features you'd expect of an ancient 2700yr+ old city. Theater much better than Myra and beautiful location. Don't miss the temple of Helios on the high western terrace. A place for quiet contemplation. Almost didn't put in this entry as it would be... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

The amphitheatre with its amazing view across the valley will inspire even the most jaded traveller to give a speech. Cut into the steep mountainside the seating is almost intact. The acoustics are fantastic. Reached after a steep climb from the car park through various ruins, some with large and complete mosaic floors, the theatre sits just below the stadium... More 

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