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Pinara Antique City

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Address: Merkez Esen, Fethiye | 40 km (24 mi) SE of Fethiye, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
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The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and...

The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and existed as early as the 5th century BC. The site is in untouched mountain setting and offers stunning view of the Xanthos valley.

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Peaceful, scenic walk

We arrived by car (last 2km is twisty dirt/gravel road) around 5pm and the sun was just going behind the mountain. That made the light subdued but did mean we had a lovely scenic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We arrived by car (last 2km is twisty dirt/gravel road) around 5pm and the sun was just going behind the mountain. That made the light subdued but did mean we had a lovely scenic walk. It's not at all well signed and is a huge site with few remains of substance other than lots of cliff tombs. We sort of... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The mountain setting is a beautiful remote cliff and valley area deep in the pine forests. Don't be discouraged by some web descriptions about the broken approach road. Pinara is well signposted off the D400 main road and again at the final 2km approach track. Be assured its a drivable track with no serious obstacles. A small car park and... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2016

it's easy to absorb the atmosphere of this enchanting place, because it's off the beaten track, and as a result, is really quiet. i don't scamper up mountains, but the winding paths up the mountain were fine, and while my friend properly climbed the higher areas, i stayed in the middle. i found a beautiful little stream in a valley,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2015

Pinara is not readily accessible, but for those who like ancient sites it is a gem of a place. I could have spent the whole day there, just investigating. The amphitheatre is in good condition. It is wonderful to see the rock tombs high up from the ground. There are other tombs where access is straightforward. You need a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015

it is worth the effort for drive; about 6 km from the highway, and then the hike up to the site is very easy. we had it almost all to our selves. if you can only visit one lycian city, this should be it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015

Pinara is known for it's unique tombs, caved into a steep rockface (stunning to think how they were made and how the burials took place!). Head left from the site entrance (where you pay the admission) to the King's graves (need good shoes). One of them features interesting plans of the city worked into the rock. Back to the main... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

A really good little gem of a place to vist.....completely unspoiled in beautiful setting with backdrop of mountains....the trail takes about one and a half hours to complete following the red dots..but the ticket office guide explains the walk quite well..A mixture of Lycian tombs and Roman ruins.....Would suggest a car to get there..but the last two Km is on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2015

Visited quite a few of the Lycian sites during our couple of weeks in Turkey but this was something else. The drive up to the site is slightly hairy if your nervous, but perfectly fine to do in a standard hire car - but the fact its not easy to get to probably helps keep the coaches away and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2015

I am giving this a 4 because I wish it was easier to get to. It could use a little community support to make it a little more tourist friendly. I still got good photos and enjoyed the visit. This attraction is why I came to Fethiye.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2015

we lvoed this trip, at first we got are own journey there so peaceful and your feel the culture, then we went again on a trip and it was even better

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