Xanthos Antik Kenti
Xanthos Antik Kenti
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Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.
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Matthew R
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Jul 2023 • Family
Wonderful business! I walked in, asking directions to a dive shop, and Sefer invited me to come back if we were interested in any of his tours.

We came back later after diving and arranged a wonderful trip to Kekova by kayak.

Our guide, çagan, was very kind and informative.

We went back a few days later and arranged a trip to the canyons, and the river, which was a very good way to spend an extremely hot day.

Our guides treated us like family, and we all ended up having a big splashing fight to keep cool at the end of the day, very fun!

On our last day, a private boat trip was arranged for snorkeling, and the family who operated the boat were delightful, and the cooking was amazing. We saw some amphora shards, while snorkeling and free diving.
Written July 18, 2023
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Musicians Mum
589 contributions
Sep 2022
visited as an add on to a small group tour.Not very touristy.A simple site of ruins of the major city of the Lycean League.
It fits into a niche in the history of this area and as such,is an interesting place to visit.
Toilets were not open. Hence the lower rating
Written October 22, 2022
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radio_hack
London, UK139 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
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.
Written August 7, 2013
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Jeff3000
NYC9 contributions
we were based in Kas and drove our rental car around to all the sites. The smallest of the sites, Letoon was our first stop and was probably the site least rennovated. Minor charge to get in, amphitheater and some erect columns. Xanthos was just down the road, much larger site, rennovations underway, cool sarcofogi, column with Lycian writing, frescos. Next was site of Patara which is in a national park of sorts right near a fantastic sand beach. Even larger site with more renovations/excavations underway. More Roman influence here. Did the whole trip in well under one day....started early and tried to time it so we would be beachside around 3pm or so. Can rent beach loungers at Patara. Small restaurant there as well,
Written October 3, 2009
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mup5044
Birmingham, UK20 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
If you like your history then Xanthos is definitely worth a visit.
It is easy to get to from Kalkan by Dolmus only 7 Turkish lira and 10 Turkish lira to enter the site.
It is over a large area with a great amphitheatre and lots to walk around, if you can a walk upto the tombs the view and tombs are awesome.
Written October 15, 2017
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Dr_LMC140
Bowling Green, KY15 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Xanthos (pronounced Santos by the locals) is an extensive site of ancient ruins from the Lycian, Greek, and Roman civilizations that occupied it and periodically rebuilt it. But unless you have a guide you won't understand much of what you see, other than the impressive amphitheater, and you will walk right past significant things without even noticing them. For such an important national treasure, the information available on the site is terribly inadequate. There are no signs identifying the section you are seeing, and if you are fortunate enough to get a printed map, it still isn't very helpful. We hadn't arranged for a guide, but an old Turkish man named Dolmus, who was very knowledgeable of the site and who could speak pretty good English, wandered over to us and began explaining what we were seeing. He became our guide without any agreement between us and we were glad to have him. We gave him a tip after the tour and he seemed satisfied with it. He added a great deal of value to our visit.

There is a lower part of the site that has most of the archeological sites and an upper part that has the Necropolis part way up the hill and the ruins of a very large church at the top. The tombs are well worth the hike but the church is in such a shambles that it isn't worth the hike through thick weeds.

This is a very interesting site, but if you only have time to see one such site, Telos is better. We hired a car and driver in Kalkan and in one day's time we saw Letoon, Xanthos, Telos, and Patera, and had lunch at Yakapark Restaurant and waded through the natural water park at Saklikent. This was a great 10-hour excursion.
Written June 23, 2014
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Pat G
Thanet UK27 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We spent a couple of hours exploring this Lycian city as there is so much to see, it was fascinating. It cost 5 lira to get in and there is a little cafe where you could get a drink. We watched the archaeologists working on the site, walked around the amphitheatre which was very atmospheric. Tip: If you are thinking of going, read up on the history of the city beforehand.
Written August 4, 2013
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TwinkleyAngel
Salford, UK249 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
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.
Written July 25, 2013
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Kate T
Newark109 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
Although interesting there are better sites to go to.. Letoon (just down the road from Xanthos) is much nicer and cheaper. A bit further, but worth the travelling, is Arykanda (in the mountains between Kalkan and Antalya).
Written July 18, 2011
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Brookfield G
Churchdown, UK77 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Great value trip ,seems mad that we could just walk around a Unesco heritage site and pick up bits of mosaic,stones etc without any security ...we didn't btw but you could if that way inclined .
It is a fantastic site dominated by the amphitheatre
Written August 9, 2015
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