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Pinara Antique City
Ranked #20 of 73 things to do in Fethiye
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Owner description: 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.
Kalkan, Turkey
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6 reviews
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Very isolated site but worth a visit to take in the views. Quite expansive so allow plenty of time, maybe take a picnic. Whilst there we found an ancient coin, now in the museum of Fethiye.

Visited September 2012
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Amazing rock tombs and no tour buses!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

The dirt road up is about 2km of ruts and bumps but passable. Hiking boots would have been useful for climbing the hills (I had plain tennis shoes). In good light, the rock tombs and ruins are radiant. And as others have posted, how did they carve tombs into the sheer rock walls?? We spent about 90 minutes here, well worth the detour.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2013

A 4WD would be better suited for the deeply rutted, twisting, steeply ascending road to this ancient Lycian site, but if you don't try to drive much farther than the entry kiosk and then hoof it the rest of the way to the various ruins (amphitheatre, fallen temples, agora, and lots of tombs carved into the cliff face, as well as one very impressive pillar sarcophagus you can't miss spotting), you can do it in a regular car driven very slowly.

We were so utterly enchanted by the peace and beauty of the place, which had zero other visitors the three hours we were there, that we went a little bit crazy and kept driving our little rental hatchback higher and higher and higher up the mountain, several KM past the archaeological site, until my nerve finally ran out and we turned around precariously. We were rewarded with stunning views of the distant snowcapped Taurus mountains, the fertile Xanthos valley, and of course the evocative ruins themselves. Late spring wildflowers were in bloom, the breeze smelled of pine and thyme, and across the valley distant goat bells clanged softly. Ahhh... this is one memory I will carry to my grave.

BTW, I had open heart surgery last year and decided that some trails were just too difficult for me -- fairly steep, lots of loose rocks, etc. -- but my 71 year old husband in a knee brace saw most everything. I didn't mind a bit sitting in the shade and thinking philosophical thoughts while he explored the farther reaches.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“How did they do it.”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Pinara is based in the hills and was a Lycian city conquered in turn by Alexander and then the Romans. When we were there the air was full of the smell of herbs and wild flowers. Goats graze amongst the ruins. The site is not well signposted but the remains, especially the theatre are visible. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Mud and mist”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

The road up was like a mud bath and had to leave the car and walk. The path up to the ruins is pretty easy to climb with sensible shoes and the goats friendly. When the mists parted to show us the tombs it was breathtaking. So much easier if its not chucking it down with rain, but maybe not as memorable.

Visited April 2013
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