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Address: Demre (Kale), Turkey

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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The second best ancient Lycian city

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 are the theatre, the Naltepesi building with its mosaics, the stadium which is only half... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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). You will have to climb as the site in on several levels but it is... More 

Thank lillyyy47
Istanbul, Turkey
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 the runway. There is a small but very well-preserved theater on the terraces below the... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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1,944 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6,179 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 !

Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 20 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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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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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