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Discover Xanthos: A Hidden Historical Gem in Ancient Lycia, Turkey

For those travelling to Turkey, they cannot afford not to visit Xanthos. This is one of the hidden historical sites in Lycia also known as Xanthos that will leave you amazed. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site so trust me it’s good. Let us plunge into reasons why this city should be on your bucket list and how to get there.

Xanthos Ancient City Amphitheatre

Xanthos Ancient City Amphitheatre

Why Visit Xanthos?

1. Historical richness:

Xanthos was the capital of ancient Lycia and dates back to 8th century BC. Hence this place has experienced a diverse cultural history, reflecting Lycian, Persian, Greek, and Roman influences all merged together in terms of culture and architecture. When you walk through the ruins of the city you can see what remains from its ancient era such as great temple buildings, theaters or tombs.

2. UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Registered with UNESCO in 1988 along with neighboring Letoon sanctuary, Xanthos represents an important archaeological area and place of historical value in general. The well-preserved remains provide an insight into the lives and civilization of ancient Lycians while walking around these sites makes one experience it all.

Xanthos Necpolis

Xanthos Necpolis

3. An amazing sightseeing:

The ruins at Xanthos are mind blowing for that matter; some highlights include Harpy Tomb, Nereid Monument as well as ancient theatre among others. The intricately carved reliefs and inscriptions offer a fascinating look into Lycian art and mythology.

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4. Off-the-Beaten-Path:

Unlike the more touristy spots in Turkey, Xanthos is relatively quiet and less crowded. This means you can explore the ruins at your own pace without the hustle and bustle. It’s a peaceful escape where you can connect with history in a more personal and intimate way.

Xanthos Aerial View

Xanthos Aerial View

How to Visit Xanthos

Getting There:

Xanthos is set in the southwest of Turkey towards Kınık village located within Antalya Province. Fethiye, a town around 40km away from it is the closest major one. This is how you can get there;

  • By Car: One of the easiest means to get into Xanthos is through car rental services. It will take approximately 50 minutes to drive from Fethiye. Driving on this road is beautiful and easy because there are enough signposts directing drivers.
  • By Bus: For those that are traveling on a budget, they can take dolmuş (shared minibus) from Fethiye to Kınık. The journey takes about an hour and you can walk from Kınık or pay for short taxi ride to reach the place.
  • Guided Tours: Lots of guided tours are avaliable with include towns such as Fethiye or Kaş around it. These includes transportation, guide and sometimes lunch which makes it more convenient option to discover. You can contact us for a tailored tour options to Xanthos.
Xanthos Inside

Xanthos Inside

When to Visit:

The spring season (April-June) and autumn time (September-November) when weather remains moderate and pleasant are considered ideal times for visiting Xanthos. The summer season becomes very hot thus not good for ruins exploration outdoors.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable Shoes: Expect to do a lot of walking on rugged terrain so you should wear solid comfortable shoes.
  • Water and Snacks: The site has limited facilities, so bring along plenty of water and some snacks for energy.
  • Camera: These are some really great ruins that make memorable pictures, so don’t forget your camera or smartphone for those epic moments!

Tips for Visiting:

  • Hire a Local Guide: Informative plaques are available at the site but hiring a local guide will give you more interesting stories and historical background.
  • Visit Early: In order to beat the heat of midday and avoid possible crowds you should plan to get there early in the morning.
  • Respect the Site: As with all historical sites remember that these are ruins therefore don’t climb or damage any structures.
Xanthos Necpolis View

Xanthos Necpolis View

Xanthos is an archaeological site that takes us back in time. Whether you’re a history buff seeking out archeological digs, or simply looking for something off the beaten path, Xanthos will satisfy such desires completely as it combines tranquility with its rich past making it one of the best places to go in Turkey.

Therefore, book your private Turkey tour, start packing your bags, hit the road and brace yourself because ancient Lycia’s world is waiting for you at Xanthos Stay safe on your journey!

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