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Pinara Antique City

Merkez Esen, Fethiye | 40 km (24 mi) SE of Fethiye, Fethiye, Turkey
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Ranked #5 of 27 Attractions in Fethiye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and existed as early as the 5th...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

That so much has been left pretty much undisturbed is a revelation. The climb up into this Lycian site makes one marvel at the tombs carved into the rock and the extreme fine detail of the finishes. How these have maintained there quality after all this time is extraordinary. The path up the mountain climbs up to a flat plateau... More 

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Twyford, Berks
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The ancient Lycian and Roman city of Pinara is situated just off the main road from Fethiye to Kas, the last 2 km being up a very steep unmade road. Do not let this discourage you. It is wonderfully beautiful with the ruins being unexcavated. The Rock tombs are sensational and the Roman agora holds a couple of unexpected surprises... More 

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Exeter, england
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is one of my favourite sites in the lycian area, one of the reasons is because it is so rarely visited by other tourists so you really get the chance to explore the site by yourself which I feel creates a certain magical ambience to the experience. It is accessed via Minara village just off the D400 road between... More 

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Montreal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Get ready for a rocky road getting there. At first I didn't think my husband was driving up the right road. It was a long and winding one which was unpaved. The most suitable car would have been a 4x4. But don't get put off, we had an sporty alpha Romeo and made it. It was worth it. There was... More 

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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Up a long winding road which maybe a 4 wheel drive car was more suited to the adventure. Most of the city is hidden amongst pine trees and we had to do some climbing! Again no guide leaflet, plan or orientation boards to help us and we missed the amphitheatre. Very hot - but so beautiful!

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

there were only 2 other visitors at the time of our visit in mid june. the location is simply stunning. if you have a rental car, it is a great place to visit. dont be put off that it is only signposted when you have to turn off the major highway. it is worth the drive. the view from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We loved the seclusion of the second part of site. Walk down to amphitheatre and stay a while to soak in the beauty and calm of the setting. Easy to imagine why this was chosen to build this small Lycian city. It's very special setting in a natural bowl surrounded by mountains. Beautiful!

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St. Louis
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11 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Pinara was the finest of any of the ancient sites we visited while in southern Turkey. Maybe it was so by chance. It was a perfect sunny day, and we were literally the only two people in the entire place! For the minimal entry fee (~5TL PP) it is so worth it. It is off the beaten path for sure,... More 

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Melbourne
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The ancient rock tombs were truly remarkable - the mountain was literally honeycombed with them. The theatre was well preserved and in a really dramatic setting with mountains behind it in the distance. The city itself is ruinous. Virtually no other visitors the day I went there, which was rather special.

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N Wales
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

After a rocky and bumpy 2km or so we reached Pinara around 4pm but despite being open until 7pm there was no-one to collect the money (5 TRY each). Great views over the plain towards the Taurus mountains with nothing but cicadas and goats disturbing the peace. Areas of interest are well signposted. The ground is quite rocky and unstable... More 

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