The Lycian Way, which is a sight of travelers with its natural beauties, is among the walking routes to be seen with the best views of Turkey. The ancient Lycian Way from Fethiye to Antalya is on the list of the top 10 longest walking routes in the world.
Places to be seen on the Lycian Way, about 535 km long, are mostly preferred by local and foreign tourists during the spring and summer seasons. The great coral forests, beautiful antique cities of each other and the most beautiful view of Turkey in 2007, Galidonya Lighthouse and Lycian Way offer a unique walking experience.
The Lycian Civilization, which is one of the oldest civilizations of Anatolia, is known as an important commercial center between Fethiye and Antalya on the Teke Peninsula. The Lycian Way, established to provide passage between the site states in the region, connects 19 ancient cities.
Nowadays, there are not many things left from these 19 ancient cities, but the millenary columns, rock and sarcophagus and ancient theaters are not disappointing travelers.
Ancient Cities to be seen on the Lycian Way
1 . PINARA
Pınara is located 45 km from the center of Fethiye, near the village of Minare. The ancient city is named after Pinar or Pinara, meaning rounded in the Lycian language when it is built on a round hill.
According to mythology, Pınara Ancient City is one of the six important Lycian Civilization cities with three votes in the period. Although Pinaara was damaged due to earthquakes, it has been able to reach many spectacular rocks and sarcophagus, hamam, theater, agora and odeon.
2 . Sidyma
Sidyma is one of the ancient cities of Fethiye, near the villages of Dodurga and Bosphorus, conquered by nature. The city welcomes travelers with its magnificent monumental tombs at its entrance and its spectacular column carvings, believed to have been built during the Roman period.
Despite the settlements in the vicinity, the Sidyma Antique City, completely intertwined with nature, deserves to be listed on the list of temples, dedicated to the gods of Lycia, large rock tombs and places to be seen with their united walls.
3 . Xanthos (Ksantos)
Xanthos Ancient City, 46 km from the center of Fethiye, is known as the largest administrative center of the Lycian Civilization in Antiquity. Unfortunately, there are not many buildings in the city that can be seen today, as Xanthos has witnessed many bloody battles and important historic events between each other.
The works found in excavations made in the 1840’s are exhibited at the British Museum. The Ancient City of Xanthos, which was taken to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, is among the ancient cities where rock and sarcophagus tombs, theaters and churches of the locals can visit. Oyster Residence, one of the best hotels in Fethiye, is recommended.
4 . Pydnai
Pdynai is located to the west of Patara Beach, one of the 10 most beautiful natural beaches in the world near Fethiye. Pydnai, who managed to get in the way of the travelers who came to see the beach, is also a sight to those who love adventure with its bird’s-eye view.
Even though the fortress walls of the city reached daily, there are not many buildings remaining from the city walls. The ancient city of Pydnai, passing through the west gate to the Lycian Way, is now on a small hill due to geographical disruptions as a result of earthquakes and wars.
5 . Letoon
Letoon is an ancient city located 65 km from Fethiye, near Kumluova Village. According to the story told by poet Ovidius, in the city center established in the name of Leto, which conceived from Zeus, there are three temples side by side for Leto in the north, Artemis in the middle and Apollon in the south.
The city, which was taken to the UNESCO List in 1988 with Xanthos Antique City, was completely abandoned in the 7th century and became silent. In the city you can see the temples on the southwest side with a fountain and stoa to the north. The theater of the Hellenistic Revolution, which bases its back on the natural side, is among the structures that can reach today.