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Xanthos - Lycian Antique City

Kinik, Kalkan 07970, Turkey
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Kalkan
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

great place to go if you like ancient ruins. But we got hassled by unofficial guides that you simply cannot shake off. This we found annoying. Preferred Tlos, which is further away but we we left to explore without any hassle at all.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

we were staying in patara and headed off to see the ruins nearby at letoon and xanthos, and our hotel host also suggested we see the tlos ruins and the saklikent gorge. not that far from patara, on highway 400, we came upon the large sign for letoon and xanthos. the attraction site signs are brown, so that helps in... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Another extremely hot site with little shade. Probably the most interesting thing here is the tragic tale regarding the slaughter of all the women and children [sorry, can't recall the date] and the men of Xanthos leaping to their deaths into the ravine rather than be taken alive. Not the best site, perhaps but worth a visit if you're in... More

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited by dolmus from Patara. Its a short walk from the otogar in Kinik. Not as big or as well preserved as Patara but interesting. Small amphitheatre near the road and agora leads on to lots of carved tombs. A guide took us over and led us to places we would not otherwise have found. Place was pretty empty... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Xanthos (pronounced Santos by the locals) is an extensive site of ancient ruins from the Lycian, Greek, and Roman civilizations that occupied it and periodically rebuilt it. But unless you have a guide you won't understand much of what you see, other than the impressive amphitheater, and you will walk right past significant things without even noticing them. For such... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had visited the ruined city of Patara and went on to Xanthos, twice the price, half of the things to see and lots of hassle from so called guides would not bother with iy

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Istanbul, Turkey
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Xanthos has a very interesting history - as do all the Lycien Way ruins. We were with a guide which was well worth it as ther edidnt seem to be much in the way of information at the site. If you go alone, I'd suggest reading up on some information before you go, partıcularly about the Lyceans. There were some... More

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Hockley, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Many of these sites in Turkey, this one is in need of more information boards, at a cost of 20tl per person, an Information sheet would have been welcome

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Byron Bay, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A fantastic site, interesting ruins, great views, well worth visiting. Really enjoyed this site, easy to walk around and get to. Would have like to have seen the mosaics but these had been covered up to protect their colour....still it was a fabulous site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Another ancient site on the tourist trail often visited on the way to patara beach.Lower in the pecking order than Tlos,Letoon and Saklikent etc.Many tour operators take you to Xanthos as part of a trip which may include Uzumlu,a tobacco growing village,candia for the hilltop sarcophagi and the fish farm in the mountains.

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