Lycia/Ancient Anatolia 

Home to some of the most beautiful and unique archaeological sites in Türkıye. The region, which was inhabited by the Lycian people in antiquity, boasts a rich history and cultural heritage that continues to attract visitors from all over the world. One of the most popular destinations is the town of Fethiye, which is known for its stunning natural beauty and historical landmarks

Historical Significance

Inhabited by the Lycians, an indigenous people of Anatolia. The Lycians had their own language and culture and were known for their city-states, which included places like Xanthos, Patara, and Tlos. These cities had impressive rock-cut tombs, theaters, and other archaeological remains that are still visible today.


The town of Fethiye is situated on the site of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos, which was known for its oracle and Telmessos Theatre. It is located in the heart of ancient Lycia and serves as a gateway for exploring the historical and natural wonders of the region. Fethiye has a picturesque harbor, a vibrant bazaar, and a variety of accommodations and restaurants. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of this ancient city, including the well-preserved theatre that dates back to the Hellenistic period. The theatre, which was built in the 2nd century BC, could seat up to 6,000 people and is still used today for concerts and performances.

Lycian Rock Tombs

Another must-see attraction in Fethiye is the Lycian rock tombs, which are carved into the cliffs overlooking the town. These impressive tombs, which date back to the 4th century BC, are adorned with intricate carvings and decorations, and provide a glimpse into the rich artistic and architectural traditions of the people.

These tombs hewn into the cliffs and mountainsides  are a testament to the architectural and artistic skills of the Lycians. Some of the most well-known examples include the Amyntas Rock Tombs in Fethiye and the rock-cut tombs in nearby towns like Dalyan.

Lycian Way

For those who enjoy hiking and exploring the great outdoors, Fethiye is also home to the Lycian Way, a long-distance walking trail that winds its way through the rugged and picturesque landscape of Lycia. The trail, which stretches about 540 kilometers (335 miles), takes hikers past ancient ruins, stunning coastal vistas, and traditional villages, providing a unique and immersive experience of this beautiful and historic region.

Archaeological Sites

In addition to Fethiye, there are several other archaeological sites in the region that are worth exploring, such as Xanthos, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient city of Patara. These sites offer a glimpse into the history and culture.

Archaeology of Lycıa

Natural Beauty

Known for its stunning natural beauty, with a rugged coastline, clear blue waters, and lush green hills.

In addition to its ancient landmarks, Fethiye is also known for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. One of the most popular beaches in the area is Oludeniz, which is often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is set against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains and offers visitors a wide range of sporting activities, including parasailing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

Cultural Heritage

The Lycians had a unique culture and religious beliefs, and their legacy can be seen in the archaeological sites and inscriptions found throughout the region. Lycians were known for their distinctive pillar tombs and other architectural features.

Modern Amenities

Fethiye offers modern amenities  including accommodations, restaurants, and shops. It’s a popular destination for those seeking a mix of historical exploration and seaside relaxation.

Turkey is a fascinating destination that combines history, culture, and natural beauty. It’s a place where you can explore ancient ruins, relax on beautiful beaches,  and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle. Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor activities, or simply a desire to relax, there is something for everyone in this enchanting corner of Türkıye.



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