Hidden Gems

Lycian wonders in Fethiye with Turkey sailing

By Jenny Wilson
on  December 14, 2015

The Turquoise coast is home to some truly significant archaeological sites. Many ancient civilisations have left their mark on this part of the globe and a Turkey sailing trip is a novel way to see some of their legacies.

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The port of Fethiye is a popular holiday destination, with lovely beaches, busy markets, lots of activities and a vibrant entertainment scene. It is also the location of the Lycian city of Telmessos. Although much of the city was devastated by an earthquake in 1958, remarkably this ancient site was largely spared. One of the most interesting places to visit is the Roman theatre, built sometime in the 2nd century BC. Although not all the seats have been excavated, it is still possible to get an idea of how impressive this 6,000-seater arena must have been.

The Lycians were well known for their tombs carved directly into the cliff sides and there are some fabulous examples here. The most famous is the Tomb of Amyntas, which dates back to 350BC and is best visited at sunset to make the most of the spectacular views across the harbour. Various other Lycian sarcophagi are scattered around the town, while high above the port you can find the remains of a tower of a Crusader fortress.

If you want to discover some of Turkey’s rich historical heritage while you enjoy a fun-packed Turkey sailing break, Fethiye is the perfect place to do so.
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