The Turquoise Coast

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  • 1. Aspendos Archaeological Site

    Although there are many Roman theaters still standing, none are quite as perfect as the one at Aspendos, built by a local architect named Xenon...Read More

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  • 2. Olympos

    Shaded by tall firs and amid flowering oleander bushes, the ruins are next to a river in a mountain gorge, so they're delightfully cool in...Read More

  • 3. Phaselis

    The ruins of Phaselis, the ancient port city with a majestic setting at the edge of three smalls bays, are as romantic as the reputation...Read More

  • 4. Termessos

    Over 1,000 meters (3,500 feet) above sea level, this compelling site is nestled inside the Mount Güllük-Termessos National Park, where golden eagles and fallow deer...Read More

  • 5. Xanthos

    Start your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Roman-style theater, where inscriptions indicate that its restoration was funded by a wealthy Lycian...Read More

  • 6. Andriake and Lycian Civilizations Museum

    Andriake, the seaport of ancient Myra, was a major stopover on the Egypt-to-Rome route that supplied most of Rome's wheat. St. Paul changed ships here...Read More

  • 7. Anemurium

    The extensive ruins of ancient Anemurium—mostly dating from the late Roman/early Byzantine period—are built primarily of durable Roman concrete, which makes them better preserved but...Read More

  • 8. Antik Tiyatro

    The main road around Fethiye's central harbor square also runs past the stage of the theater of Telmessos, a chance rediscovery made in 1993 that...Read More

  • 9. Antik Tiyatro Kaş

    About 500 yards west of Kaş's main square, a small, well-preserved theater dating from the 4th century BC sits amid the olive trees; superb ocean...Read More

  • 10. Aperlai & Apollonia

    West of Üçağız are two small, infrequently visited ruins, linked by a section of the Lycian Way. They make a good day trip or overnight...Read More

  • 11. Arykanda

    The well-preserved walls and lovely location of Arykanda, high in a mountain valley above Finike, make this ancient Lycian town one of the most beautiful...Read More

  • 12. Fethiye Kalesi

    Along the crest of the hill overlooking the old town are the remains of the battlements of a castle; the foundations, which date back to...Read More

  • 13. Karatepe

    The open-air museum of Karatepe, about 130 km (81 miles) northeast of Adana, makes a (long) day trip from Adana or a worthwhile detour if...Read More

  • 14. Kaunos

    Once a prosperous seaport (until silt from the river pushed the coast farther away), the ancient ruins at Kaunos date from the 4th century BC...Read More

  • 15. Knidos

    Although a Greek-speaking city called Knidos has existed on the Datça Peninsula since at least the 6th century BC, the Knidos at this site was...Read More

  • 16. Letoon

    Excavations have revealed three temples in Letoon. The first dates from the 2nd century BC and was dedicated to Leto, the mother of Apollo and...Read More

  • 17. Lycian Sarcophagus

    Right in the midst of Kaş's restaurants and cafés is a monumental sarcophagus with four regal lions' heads carved onto its lid. It's a local...Read More

  • 18. Myra

    The monuments of ancient Myra—a very well-preserved Roman theater and a cliff face full of Lycian rock tombs—sit just north of Demre. The theater dates...Read More

  • 19. Perge Örenyeri

    Although Perge isn’t beautifully situated like Termessos or an A-list attraction like Aspendos, it is an ideal place to get an overall impression of a...Read More

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  • 20. Pınara

    Ancient Pınara was probably founded as early as the 5th century BC, and it eventually became one of Lycia's most important cities. Its mountain setting...Read More

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