Syedra Castle

Syedra Castle, Alanya

Syedra Castle
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HumptyEtDumpty
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Meet the antiquity that is being uncovered
Aug 2021 • Family
It was an escape from nice but otherwise boring beach hotel holiday in Kagıcak. The structures date from 2nd century, though there probably was a settlement before, and some were built in Byzantine times, while the large cisterns were apparently used in modern times for agriculture.

10 min ride or 30 min hike from Migros Jet. They only started excavating recently, some excavation work seemed to be in progress, with shovels and wheelbarrows lying around. Accordingly, admission is free, not everything is cordoned off, we could explore to our hearts' content, whole trying to be responsible, of course. Not as well preserved as some of the more famous ancient cities, the place is overgrown and still in the process of being unearthed, which adds to the sense of wonder and discovery. Among the overgrowth are are some bushes with pretty thorny leaves, so if you plan to stray from the wooden walkways, shorts may not be the best idea.

Fascinating to imagine the stores fully stocked, the baths new and full of people, the central colonnaded street lined with the statues of famous citizens, guards at the guardhouse over the city gate. Much of this is rubble now, which I hope they don't get carried away restoring, something I think I have seen in Turkey.

There are wooden walkways, stairs and benches, and signposts with information about the buildings, though some appear to be either lost or not yet put up. Some climbs may prove to be difficult for older folks or young children. Better visit in early morning when the sun is behind the mountains.

All in all, an epic place.
Written August 31, 2021
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,905 contributions
A huge fortified site
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a large fortified historic site with many meters of curtain walls and dozens of towers. This would have been quite a structure in its original form. It is visible from the beach and promenade though it is quite a steep climb to the top, taxis and minibuses are available at the port entrance and are fairly cheap. The views are excellent and the mixture of derelict and restored properties makes for an interesting place to explore.
Written November 28, 2019
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Jim
Kyrenia, Cyprus86 contributions
Very impressive.....
Nov 2019
Recently visited Alanya on a cruise. I was taken aback by how pretty and historically interesting this town is. The castle looks over the town from a hill and its remaining walls encircle it, much of which is still intact.

There is a walk alongside the castle walls that will get you to the castle at the top. If you are able to (it takes 45 minutes) well worth the effort, but it is steep. If not, consider a taxi ride up. The small tourist ‘train’ doesn’t go to the top, just to the lower levels of the town.

Alanya is beautifully kept, very neat and tidy, none of the usual tourist drawbacks in evidence. Taxis are organised but always agree a price first.

Restaurants were reasonably priced we thought, but beer/wine etc is quite expensive.
Written November 28, 2019
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Janne E
Jamtland County, Sweden384 contributions
A hidden gem, east of Alanya
Apr 2019 • Solo
The ruined city of Syedra, a hidden gem east of Alanya. The town is hidden on a hill, at the end of a narrow and winding road. It is equipped with parking, toilets, signs and stairs. From the city you have a nice view of Alanya and also east.

Few tourists and no restaurant or other sales.

(Many of the pictures here come from the fortress in Alanya and not Syedra)
Written May 1, 2019
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Jonas H
Alanya, Turkey42 contributions
Great historical visit.
May 2019 • Friends
We went here with 2 friends who had been here before. Is was such a wonderful place. It is hard to imagine how the could have built this amazing castle for more then 2000 years ago. It must have been huge. If you have problem to walk it is a little difficult to reach the top of the ruins, but there is also a great wiew from the parking. I think the best time of the year to visit Syedra is in spring or early summer, because there are so many flowers blooming.
Written May 1, 2019
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eiva2001nl
The Hague, The Netherlands40 contributions
Unexpected throw back in time!
Dec 2018 • Couples
I was so happy going there, it was an unexpected journey back in immemorial times of our history! Its rich & agitated story enriched my knowledge and fed my hunger for old glorious times of our existence.
Written January 4, 2019
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Julie C
Stockport, UK50 contributions
Fabulous views,
Oct 2017 • Couples
Not far from Alanya or from the main road, but up a very steep small road winding up the hill through banana plantations, the last bit of which was unpaved. Large car park with toilets. The day we were there it was free to enter. From the car park, there is steep walk up lots of steps though OK underfoot and there were seats on the way up
(see photo of steps). Lots of ruins dating from Roman times including a street, also ruined castle, There isnt an awful lot left so you need your imagination though the views up there are to die for. Worth a visit,
Written October 27, 2017
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Steve Y
Beuningen, The Netherlands38 contributions
well worth the hike
Sep 2017 • Couples
After getting off the Dolmus at the turnoff, it was a 3km steep hike upwards. The 34 degree heat made it strenuous -take plenty of water. When we found it on reaching the top, there was ruin after ruin, dating as far back as 700BC. A wonderful place to explore and we were literally the only 2 people there.
Written September 16, 2017
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Birgit P
Tallinn, Estonia8 contributions
A must if you are in the area!
May 2017 • Couples
The view is amazing and the best part is that it is for free. Also you see a lot if turtles hanging around there.
Written May 30, 2017
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Annie042
Chertsey, UK16 contributions
A hidden historic site
Apr 2017 • Friends
A ward of warning, the road up the mountain is very rough! There is a car park at the top and a relatively clean loo. We weren't charged to enter the site although I was expecting a 10TL fee.
There is a steep walk up a wooden set(s) of steps and then a tough climb to get further into the ruins. Is it worth the effort? Yes! The views are spectacular and the remains are interesting to wander around.
Written April 27, 2017
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