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“Xanthos, Salkilent Gorge and Patara beach trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xanthos - Lycian Antique City

Xanthos - Lycian Antique City
Kinik, Kalkan 07970, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Kalkan
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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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, Salkilent Gorge and Patara beach trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Went to Xanthos first for a 30 minute stop. It's very hot and dusty and most of the site is in the British Museum. There's enough left to get a feel for the place though. Saklikent Gorge is lovely but be prepared to get wet. We paid an extra £10 per person to go rafting, which was really good fun. To get to the gorge, you need to wade through waist high water and a bit of a current, but well worth it. Lunch was on cushions on a platform over the river. Lovely. Patara beach is beautiful, but the area with beds and shades for hire was extremely busy. We chose to walk further on to a very quiet part of the beach, but there was no shelter there at all.

Visited August 2013
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“Great (but hot)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our guide was very knowledgeable avnd explained the layout to us and pointed out things to look at. It a a major ancient site and not for those who don't like piles of stones containing over 7000 years of history. Take a hat!

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“Just stay in the entrance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

It's Nice but no more than that.
Lack of signs (some people were lost)
Nice theater and that's it. Don't Meed to visit all Roman sites.

Go on your own. It's much cheaper!

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“Spectacular sprawling testament to the march of history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Extensive archeological site, UNESCO recognised site. Only a very short drive from Kalkan. Worth an hour (or two) of everybody's time. Go early before it heats up (by 1030 in August it was getting a little warm). Read up on the area before you go or pay one of the very reasonably priced guides who are there for some background information.

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“Onwards and upwards - don't miss the necropolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We planned a two hour walk around Xanthos and it turned into nearly four hours. Partly the heat - we arrived as it opened at 9am and by midday we could have been overtaken by a middle aged tortoise. But it's also fascinating, particularly if you read up a little on the history beforehand (www.lycianturkey.com was very useful). As usual with Turkish attractions, there is very little information on site (although Xanthos has more than some). This has left an opening for self-appointed guides but we've found the standard varies considerably so we got what we wanted via the iPad (www.exploreturkey.com has a useful guided walk around the site).

The walk up to the necropolis has a little more shade than the lower area so, although it's more strenuous than wandering on the flat, I'd suggest you do the climb during the hottest part of your visit. There was also a lovely refreshing breeze at the top. On the day we visited, we seemed to be the only people up there. I can only think some people are put off by the climb, others because it isn't particularly well signposted and visitors don't know what's there. I've added some pics from the necropolis area because that's the part that seems least represented here.

As others have noted, there is a lot of archaeological work going on (July 2013) but very few areas were out of bounds.

If you visit on a Friday, stop off in the village and you'll see a more traditional market than the sales fest of Fethiye. No fake brands or hard selling, just local people doing their weekly shop.

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