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- A beautiful place to chill out and have a swim, with a few bays or a walk to choose from. Stunning natural scenery on a lovely coast line of clear waters. Highly recommended.Written 26 October 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nysa occupies a spectacular setting near the present town of Sultanhisar. Three bridges linked the 2 parts of the city built on the slopes of a sharp valley. Dating back to before 300BC, this was quite some city in its day, with the theatre holding 10,000 people. The playing field of the stadium was built across the valley. There is a long Roman tunnel that is still open. Despite the topography the Romans still managed a grid system of streets.
The large theatre is undergoing extensive restoration. Many new stones will be added but the work seems to be more in keeping than other restoration projects I have seen in this region.
Driving between areas of the city is recommended because Nysa covers a wide area. On the west side of the valley there are the remains of a gymnasium, a Byzantine building and a library. Past the theatre and on the east side of the valley are remains of an agora, with restored high upright columns, bouleterion (senate / council house) and a bath complex.
There are tourist signs from the Denizili to Aydin road in Sultanhisar. The pay kiosk is on the road on the way in.Written 20 June 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A great stop on your way to somewhere else. This site has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. I noticed reviews saying it is fenced and closed. While it is fenced and gated, the gate isn't locked. Just open it, and go in. Don't miss out on the Arsenal, which isn't in the site itself, but on the other side of the street.Written 20 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Small collection but very nice items on display, I have seen several different displays that I have never seen in other museumsWritten 17 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We visited in the 2nd/3rd week of February 2019, climate was warm, nice, couple of rainy patches but on a good day, can sit by the pool. The second hotel was downgraded by them and was of a lesser quality than advertised.
This was an expedition with extremes. On the one hand you have very experienced and educated tour guides showing you places you might have missed, giving you an insight into Northern Cypriot (Turkish) culture where on the other, visits to factory outlets where your subject to fashion shows and a hard sell. All these are shared with a mixed bunch of people and can make it a more social event too, it's there if you want it.
You definitely benefit I think in having experienced educated tour guides who are able to tell you things which I think you would be lucky to pick up on i.e. other prophets who may have wrote chapters which didn't get included in the Bible. Interestingly, St Mary's Church in Fairford, Glos, 15thC has medieval (28) stained glass windows depicting some of these which the guide spoke about. You'll never be taught these interesting differences or inclusions/exclusions at any denomination I've come across, so makes the visit all the more worth while.
The rub I think is the hard sell. Being bussed into an outlet store which focuses on either jewellry, leather, carpets can leave you feeling trapped, bombarded with intensity and they are very good at isolating and singling you out if you think you will get your wallet or purse out.
We ended up buying a 6.5k carpet from Pashaport - we never went there to buy anything, just have a holiday! The carpet is a work of art and Pashaport as a company was good to deal with. We bought the carpet on 16/2/19 and took delivery of it on 19/12/19 and they were very good, quick and efficient communicators. When the carpet is delivered, UPS, will not allow you to inspect the box, you have to pay the rest, less your deposit before they hand it over. Writing a cheque is your guarantee that everything is ok which is not what Pashaport said i.e. you check it then if everything is ok, you write the cheque.
Ok in summary, great place to go, RDS have a specific marketing strategy and the educated tour guides were great. Would we use them again; probably not but oddly, we would buy a handmade Turkish carpet again even though we know nothing about antiques or art! p.s. I would have added photos but apparently files are too large...enjoy.Written 20 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- There is a brown tourist sign for Alabanda on the main road in Çine, but at subsequent junctions I just took the straight on road or road which seemed largest of minor roads. The present day village of Doğanyurt is nearby.
Suddenly stone columns in fields on both sides of the road announced arrival at Alabanda. You can drive on the dirt farm roads to visit different parts of the city which is spread over several square kilometres. There is no entrance fee. There are a few marker boards.
Alabanda, apparently translates as horse race in the original Carian language of the city, and the symbol of the city is a winged horse. The city dates from at least 300BC but the ruins seen today are from the later Roman and Hellenistic period.
The impressive theatre is in the back yard of a farm and watched over by nesting storks. Nature and farm animals have taken over what was once an advanced urban centre. The proximity to modern rural life positively adds to the experience.
A scenic drive through low hills and traditional villages leads to the nearby ancient city of Alinda.Written 19 June 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.