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“Number 1 sight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Termessos

On the Antalya Burdur Road, Antalya, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 60 Attractions in Antalya
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Approximately 34 kilometers northwest of Antalya lies Termessos and the beautiful Güllük Dagi National Park. The ancient Psidian city is built on a mountain platform, surrounded by pine woods and an abundance of rare plants. It’s one of the best preserved historical sites of Turkey and, due to its isolated location, an oasis of calm and tranquility.
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“Number 1 sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The ruins are a challenge to walk up to - so not for people who have trouble climbing the pathway. But once you are there, the ruins are just amazing. You can walk all over them and see them in a much less renovated state than in Ephesus. The stadium is stunning, perched on a hilltop.

Visited September 2013
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“Must See in Antalya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Definitely a must see for all who visit Antalya. My wife and I were looking for day trips to termessos and duden and after asking around, the average was 60 euros per pax with a guide. In the end, we opted not to go for a day trip and went by cab ourselves. The average quoted price by cabs that covers these 2 places is 80 euros and we managed to bargain down the price to 70 euros.

The cab driver picked us from the hotel and the drive took approximately 40min to reach the entrance. I doubt the place can be reached by public transport as it was a long 10-15min drive via stoney roads just to get to the entrance. The whole trek took us around 2.5 hrs as to and fro, I would think we covered 5km. There is a signage map at the entrance and the whole area is a huge circle so meaning you will not have to walk the same path twice.

The famous iconic theatre is right at the end and what a sight it was. Absolutely jaw dropping. Sights were out of this world and although site is not well maintained, everything is left untouched since centuries ago. We packed snacks and spent 15min having a short picnic while admiring its beauty.

For me, this is definitely the top attraction in Antalya.

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“Climb over Ruins in Fanastic Surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A trip to this place is a must for everybody able to do a small hike! You walk over ruins covered in moss with big mountains all around (including below you). After having visitied four amphitheater elsewhere it started getting boring but this is tremendous not so much by size by the surroundings!

Getting there is not easy. Dolmus will drop you off at 9km from the entrance. Maybe hitchhiking works (we met several "organized groups"). We rented a car incl. driver from Antalya for 120TL incl. a wait for 3 hours. I could have easily spent 4 hours there.

It's just fantastic!

There is a WC at the entrance but nowhere else. You can't get anything to drink or eat.

It gets quite chilly up there (at least until noon in early October).

Visited October 2013
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“Probably to see only the theatre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I was kind of disappointed after having to spend a long time getting here. At the main gate entrance, there was this security post which looks like a security installation, and at first, I made a U-turn, thinking that i went to the wrong place. It was after enquiring from the guide that I realised that it was indeed the right place.

From the security check point, you'll need to drive onward this long windy path for about 15 minutes. Do go slow as the bends are rather tight and the road condition isn't very good.

From there on, after parking your vehicle, it is a long long walk up the mountain. Most of the ruins have toppled and one of the two remaining sites that is still worth a visit is the theatre and the tombs located at the cliffs. Not much restoration work here done to the ruin, so don't have your hopes too high.

Good view from the top of the mountain though, you can really see far. Would be useful in the past where people are able to tell their enemies whereabouts. Other than that, bring plenty of water and do be prepared to climb and climb!

Visited August 2013
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“specıal unıque experıence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It ıs a about a 30mın drıve from Antalya on a faırly quıet and safe dual carrıage way untıl shortly before the entrance gate to the sıte. The entrance fee ıs stıll an amazıngly low 5 TLR per person.
From the entrance to the car the car park ıs another 9km on a wındy road whıch ıs quıte well maıntaıned, but you have to drıve slowly.
The walk up to the ruıns wıll take 20 to 30mın and ıs a steady uphıll clımb on a clearly marked path.
You wıll see lots of jumbled down stones (some people mıght say "pıle of rocks"), but when you look closely there are many lıttle detaıled carvıngs ın most of them. The most specıal ones of all ıs the theatre (ıt ıs sıgnposted), the settıng of whıch ıs just amazıng. It has a unıque vıew over the nearby mountaın and planes below and from there you wıll be able to apprecıate and admıre how wealthy and powerful thıs cıvılısatıon must have been.
There are plenty more hıdden ruıns to explore, but ıt ıs a kınd of wıdespread area and ıt depends on your fıtness and tıme.
I would not recommend thıs excursıon for people who struggle to walk uphıll.

PS: there are lots of trees and shade, but don't forget to take your bottle of water there are no shops anywhere nearby

Visited September 2013
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