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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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Enjoyable and interesting (but don't follow Tom Tom directions)

Worth a visit, the other reviews say it all. We visited in off season and would have appreciated a guide, as the on sit interpretation was somewhat lacking. Fortunately I had done... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2014

Worth a visit, the other reviews say it all. We visited in off season and would have appreciated a guide, as the on sit interpretation was somewhat lacking. Fortunately I had done a bit of reading prior. Just a note on directions if you are relying on Tom Tom, it will take you to a village 10km away. A very... More 

Thank JonathanCook44
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2014

Lots to see, loads of history, very surprised by just how big the whole site is. In very good condition, easy to find and access.

Thank Alan B
London, England
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

Its a big place spread out with tons of history, we happened upon a guide whom spoke reasonable English and explained some of the history to us. Unlike the UK you can actually go and touch and stand on these ancient relics All of Turkey is steeped in history and its taken us 4-years and we're still only scratching the... More 

3 Thank Steve099
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2014

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

1 Thank Karen F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Lisa_LDN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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!

Thank Majcol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 

1 Thank ankismile
Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank greenpanther30
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

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