Aperlai Ancient City
Aperlai Ancient City
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Along in the warm sea breeze, passing by Lycian tombs located high up in the surrounding coastal hills, we arrive at the evocative yet deserted ruins of Aperlai, a hugely important city in the Lycian Confederation, still surrounded by its ancient city walls. Aperlai's history goes back to the 4th or 5th centuries BC during which time it minted its own coins, revealing its importance. There is time to explore the old city and have a quick swim over the sunken ruins, the only area of the ruins where there is permission to swim. We'll enjoy lunch overlooking the harbour.
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Relatively "medium size" ancient city - if I compare to Termessos, and it isn't difficult to explore as there are signs here and there for walkers or trekkers (2 km short distance or 7 km long distance). Easy path, a bit stony, and with friends I visited in early pleasant spring time. What still visible are ruins of walls, cisterns, sample of Lycian house (not in ruins), and sarchopagus on the quiet beach. The panoramic sea view is unbeatable.
Written March 16, 2022
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541nenam
Novi Sad, Serbia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Great boat tour! We saw underwater city and a lot of tombs on the slopes of hills. This is something worth spending your time (and money). Unfortunately, our guide spoke mainly in Russian (just 4 of us were speaking English so he didn't bother). I understand Russian a bit so I know they had much more info from him.
P.s. I am glad I'm art historian so I didn't need him, but feel sorry for others in his past and future groups speaking nothing but English.
Written August 10, 2017
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David H
Norwich, UK470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nearly 4000 years old,this place can only be seen from the sea as alot of this place has sunk into the sea.It is a site of ruins and is better with a guide explaining the history and what each ruin was.The history of this place is very interesting as were the ruins left behind.
Written September 7, 2019
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Merihsmiley
Ankara19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
we had seen this place quite some time ago.Great to sail on the remains of ancient remains. the water is so clear and warm...
Written April 24, 2018
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Travelily
Oxford, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited Aperlai as part of a kayaking trip booked through Xanthos Travel in Kaş. After kayaking through Kekova Sound over the Sunken City we had lunch at Polemos Bay from where we walked for 20 minutes or so along the Lycian Way to reach Aperlai. We swam among the ruins and I would advise taking aqua shoes with you in order to get into the water easily - it can be extremely slippery and some rocks are sharp underfoot. On a still day visibility of the ruins below would be good however, on the day we went it was a bit windy and without a snorkel, we didn't see a great deal. The ruins on the shore are extremely picturesque though and well worth capturing on your camera.
Written June 25, 2018
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Tracy F
New York City, NY341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
we docked on the opposite cove from APerlai and did the 30 minute walk on the Lycian way to the ancient city. It's hot and dusty, but flat and an easy and worthwhile hike to the hills filled with tombs
Written July 17, 2017
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Norman E
East Sussex135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Its a walk, first over rocky terrain and then through a field grazed by a small herd of cows to get to the ancient Lycian city of Aperlai. There are numerous tombs including ones in the sea but the main attraction is the isolated location. Its a place to think of the ending of civilisations, and a large ruined tomb reminded me of Shelley's poem Ozymandiaz.
Written May 23, 2017
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Laura Z
Danville, CA8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
I had high hopes for what would be viewable from the boat but unfortunately it wasn't much. But the area is gorgeous all in all. I just wouldn't make this site a destination. If you're in this part of Turkey, you're lucky, and these tombs are everywhere.
Written September 11, 2016
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Jane P
Perth and Kinross, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
A beautiful area with sunken ruins and tombs. We also managed to snorkel with turtles which was a real bonus.
Written October 26, 2015
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IL MONDO DEL MARE
Padua, Italy21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
a specisl arquelogical site really nice to visit. A little hot in summer but a nice experience. It is on the wy of Kekova boast trip with the boat Dedeoglu of Captain Mustafa
Written August 8, 2015
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