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The second best ancient Lycian city

Only visiting Xanthos beats a visit to Arykanda. This really is one site that no-one interested in... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Rod F
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
Stunning ruins without mass tourism

It is a small road that will take you to these stunning ruins. The site doesn't get crowded with... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
lillyyy47
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Built on a spectacular mountain slope, this ancient city features the well-preserved Roman baths and monumental tombs.
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

Only visiting Xanthos beats a visit to Arykanda. This really is one site that no-one interested in ancient cities should miss.High in the mountains, the site is spread over three levels with several important buildings which have benefited from modern excavation techniques. The most striking...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

It is a small road that will take you to these stunning ruins. The site doesn't get crowded with buses of tourists and so it is very peaceful and you can enjoy this wonderful site (we were out the two of us when we visited)....More

Thank lillyyy47
Reviewed 26 February 2017

There are incredible sarcophagi A place where you can feel yourself as an importer from the past at a very high level. One of the top terraces of Arykanda has a single-sided seating area, a stadium with a trapezoidal shape after a certain section of...More

1  Thank Serhat G
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...More

1  Thank 1TraveltheWorld
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.

Thank Vince F
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!...More

Thank AWSJW
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...More

Thank CJD12
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...More

Thank gastro_gnome_uk
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...More

Thank KimMeinertz
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank OzzietravellerDubai
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