My friend and I went around sunset. We actually missed watching it from the top, but saw the sun set on the way up the steps.
There are actually two sets of ruins- and had we realized this we probably would have went earlier, checked out all the ruins and then sat and watched the sun set.
There were other things we wanted to see on the way up the mountain also- we came in from the back side which is mostly dirt road until you get closer to the monument. We think some of the "female" graves are there... there was a place to read about the history where we paid the entrance fee- which was 9 lira. Make sure to keep your tickets with you for the top and put them in your pocket- someone tried to sell us tickets once we got to the area near the gift shop.
We also didn't realize there were two entrances to the park.
If you go out the back side, you can head over to the old Roman bridge which is viewable from the bottom of the mountain when you go down the back side.
The view is spectacular and if you stick around after the sun sets- I would recommend a flash light for the steps!
If you have issues with steps- this is not the place for you. There are a LOT of steps, but they are places well and professionally built.
What's great about being there after dark is that you can see sooooo many stars!!!
It's usually pretty cold up there- so dress in layers. We lucked out- it's November 1st and a light jacket was all that we needed. The last time my friend went up (he lives here) you needed goggles for the piercing wind, gloves, a thick coat, hat- the whole nine!
So- make sure you plan accordingly, bring snacks, bring water, flashlight for night, and dress in layers!!
Plus... your camera- you'll get excellent shots!
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