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Pinara Antique City

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Address: Merkez Esen, Fethiye | 40 km (24 mi) SE of Fethiye, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
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The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and...

The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and existed as early as the 5th century BC. The site is in untouched mountain setting and offers stunning view of the Xanthos valley.

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an atmospheric and spiritual place

it's easy to absorb the atmosphere of this enchanting place, because it's off the beaten track, and as a result, is really quiet. i don't scamper up mountains, but the winding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2016
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

it's easy to absorb the atmosphere of this enchanting place, because it's off the beaten track, and as a result, is really quiet. i don't scamper up mountains, but the winding paths up the mountain were fine, and while my friend properly climbed the higher areas, i stayed in the middle. i found a beautiful little stream in a valley,... More 

Thank ginny157
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Pinara is not readily accessible, but for those who like ancient sites it is a gem of a place. I could have spent the whole day there, just investigating. The amphitheatre is in good condition. It is wonderful to see the rock tombs high up from the ground. There are other tombs where access is straightforward. You need a good... More 

Thank Peter G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

it is worth the effort for drive; about 6 km from the highway, and then the hike up to the site is very easy. we had it almost all to our selves. if you can only visit one lycian city, this should be it

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Vienna, Austria
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Pinara is known for it's unique tombs, caved into a steep rockface (stunning to think how they were made and how the burials took place!). Head left from the site entrance (where you pay the admission) to the King's graves (need good shoes). One of them features interesting plans of the city worked into the rock. Back to the main... More 

Thank Cocobar
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

A really good little gem of a place to vist.....completely unspoiled in beautiful setting with backdrop of mountains....the trail takes about one and a half hours to complete following the red dots..but the ticket office guide explains the walk quite well..A mixture of Lycian tombs and Roman ruins.....Would suggest a car to get there..but the last two Km is on... More 

Thank tonyandjenny2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Visited quite a few of the Lycian sites during our couple of weeks in Turkey but this was something else. The drive up to the site is slightly hairy if your nervous, but perfectly fine to do in a standard hire car - but the fact its not easy to get to probably helps keep the coaches away and the... More 

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Seattle WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I am giving this a 4 because I wish it was easier to get to. It could use a little community support to make it a little more tourist friendly. I still got good photos and enjoyed the visit. This attraction is why I came to Fethiye.

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essex england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

we lvoed this trip, at first we got are own journey there so peaceful and your feel the culture, then we went again on a trip and it was even better

Thank stef e
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Pinara is reached by a very narrow semi-made road which is quite scary. From the local village I think that it is indicated that the ruins are 2km. It certainly was the longest 2km that I have ever driven. The site is in several sections. We parked up where you pay and saw some general ruins but also got close... More 

2 Thank ncm1965
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39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The city was interesting but the antique amphitheater nearby was absolutely beautiful. Amazed at the beauty of this wonderful place and engineering. Quite a trek over uneven ground to get to the tombs and buildings, but this did not spoil the experience for us. if you like wild landscape and ancient ruins you must visit

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