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Pinara Antique City

Merkez Esen, Fethiye | 40 km (24 mi) SE of Fethiye, Fethiye, Turkey
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Ranked #7 of 30 attractions in Fethiye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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... more » 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. « less
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Cologne, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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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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95 helpful votes 95 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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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

See review for Ancient rock tombs - well worth a visit, but road up to the village is rocky so an SUV would be good but not essential as there were cars there too

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Tombs carved with low relief, the ruins of an acropolis, an amphitheatre, amidst cicada sounding mountains.

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Kalkan, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Very isolated site but worth a visit to take in the views. Quite expansive so allow plenty of time, maybe take a picnic. Whilst there we found an ancient coin, now in the museum of Fethiye.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The dirt road up is about 2km of ruts and bumps but passable. Hiking boots would have been useful for climbing the hills (I had plain tennis shoes). In good light, the rock tombs and ruins are radiant. And as others have posted, how did they carve tombs into the sheer rock walls?? We spent about 90 minutes here, well... More

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Seattle, Washington
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

A 4WD would be better suited for the deeply rutted, twisting, steeply ascending road to this ancient Lycian site, but if you don't try to drive much farther than the entry kiosk and then hoof it the rest of the way to the various ruins (amphitheatre, fallen temples, agora, and lots of tombs carved into the cliff face, as well... More

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