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“Xanthos” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xanthos - Lycian Antique City

Xanthos - Lycian Antique City
Kinik, Kalkan 07970, Turkey
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Kalkan
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Owner description: Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.
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“Xanthos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Give a guide 10 to 15 lira, for the full low down. Any more than suggest you advise them to do one, the old gent is the best.

Visited July 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“I love exploring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

the ancient ruins in this area I think are amazing. You are left to explore on your own and let your imagination run, and share the footsteps of those thousands of years before you. If you are there in the summer I think the best time to go is late afternoon. On the amphitheature side you have great view down to the river that circles the town on the other side of the road the old street and other areas are great to explore. I am not an expert on the history but really enjoy visiting this site, Patara, Tlos and Letoon.

Visited July 2013
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“A great historical trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We used Abi Travel as usual and were not disappointed after the full day exploring and learning the history!

Take water and a hat though!

Visited August 2012
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I arrived late one afternoon to allow the temperature to drop a little. We only saw one other couple there. We were approached by a charming young man who gave us a very interesting guided tour of the site. His knowledge of the history brought the whole place to life and despite the heat it was well worth the walk around the ruins from the amphitheatre up to the necropolis. However time and heat exhaustion prevented us going right up to the roman acropolis on the very top of the hill. Our guide was a little disappointed with the 17 Lira we managed to rustle up from our pockets to thank him and in truth we would have wished to have added a few more for the very good information he gave us but had no more. It is worth a visit and it is very worth accepting a guided tour and have some Lire for a tip.

Visited July 2013
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“Ancient City with heartbreaking history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Cards on the table here - I find ancient civilisations fascinating. To walk in the footsteps of the citizens of Xanthos two thousand years after it was 'lost; was wonderful and left me with so many questions that I know I'll have to return any number of times to get to grips with the site, it's history and the sheer scale of this city.

'Lost' is a very literal interpretation - the city lay hidden under soil and scrub plants until 1848 when a British explorer discovered it (and plundered it for the British Museum!). The site already has a large Amphitheatre, tombs, a church, the outlines of buildings, roads, a market place uncovered. The archaeology teams - one French, one Turkish are working in two different parts of the site and you might be lucky enough to be there when they find an artifact.

The citizens of Xanthos opted to destroy their city twice when they were under attack rather than allow it, or themselves, to be captured by aggressors. The stories are testament to the violent times they lived in.

It will cost you 7TL (£2.50) to go into the site. You can hire a guide for almost nothing and imagine you are living back in the time of Alexander the Great and the Greek and Persian empires. You might find it helpful to invest in a book about the site before you go so you know what you'd like to see - it's huge and if your time is limited or it is particularly hot, then you'll want to make the best of your visit.

In mid summer you'll really want to go in the early morning or in the evening, although many tour groups zip in for only half an hour or so and then travel on to Patara Beach of Sakilkent Gorge. Our guide explained that a very good time to go would be May or September when the days are somewhat cooler if we wanted to spend a much longer time there and really get the feel of the place.

To finish, I'd need to make it absolutely clear that this site is not wheelchair accessible and if you struggle to walk you are going to find it hard going. Like many sites of antiquity and other 'visitor destinations', health and safety are not at the forefront of Turkish thinking.

Visited July 2013
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