Hidden Gems

Archaeological adventures when sailing in Turkey

By Jenny Wilson
on  August 27, 2015

There are many reasons why visitors are drawn to Turkey, not least the great weather, delicious food, stunning landscapes and clean beaches. But one of this country’s most notable features is its rich archaeological history. Over time this region has been populated by a variety of civilisations and the remains and influence of their reign can be clearly seen today.
Turkey sailing holiday - see historic sights
Sailing in Turkey provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Lycians, one of the most intriguing peoples to reside along the Turquoise coast. There are historical records referencing this civilisation well over 3,000 years ago, with the Lycians adopting various aspects of Greek, Roman and Persian culture in addition to their own unique way of life. Due to this area being more sparsely developed in recent times than much of the rest of Turkey, large swathes of land are virtually untouched. In many places little has changed over the centuries and consequently many of the ancient Lycian buildings are remarkably well-preserved.

The Lycians were noted for their architecture, with spectacular funerary structures among the most distinctive, and there are many interesting sites to explore along the Lycian coast. The city of Myra is famed for the huge numbers of tombs cut directly into the rock, while the fortified citadel of Xanthos is another must-see wonder. Head to Patara to discover an ancient city emerging from the sand dunes or visit stunning Kale to see the huge necropolis.

With so much history to explore, sailing in Turkey is a fabulous way to travel between some of the region’s truly breathtaking archaeological gems.

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