We boarded our minibus for the beautiful drive up the Yasgoz Cayi valley to Arycanda, one of the most beautifully sited cities of the Lycian Confederacy. Here we enjoyed the Delphi-like views, the classical Greek theatre, recently excavated stadium, baths, temple tombs and aqueducts, and met the site’s caretaker who grew a great love for the site he has been looking after for so many years.
If you get there in the spring, go and have lunch in Haci’nin Yeri and eat Goat’s Tandir Kebab.
After lunch, drive to the village of Elmali; a typical Turkish town up in the highlands of the Tauruses, surrounded by cedar forests. The market here is no doubt one of the very few unspoilt ones in the entire area hence this is a real chance to experience an authentic Turkish Market. This area is quite traditional and unspoiled comparing to touristic Mediterranean Coast.
- Food and Dining
- Hiking and Walking
HIKE AND EXPLORE
Kas has got lots to offer in terms of natural activities.Take a day for hiking around if the weather is not too hot.Early May is perfect.Even though Phellos is quite close, there is no wallmarks like the rest of the Lycian Way.For this reason, its better to join a group activity.View is amazing from the top.There is no sign of Kas, while you are viewing wonderful Greek island Meis.It is really worth to take a day out.
- Hiking and Walking
Well off the beaten tourist path this place - we made a detour here on our road trip round the Taurus mountains. Its located near the small village of Aykiriçay, on the Elmali-Finike road and if you can get to this site then its well worth the effort - free entrance too. The unique Lycian city of AryKanda was built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain - so you need to walk a fair bit here to view the site. Arykanda was known for having the most pleasure and entertainment-loving (and debt-ridden) citizens. The site overlooks a magnificent valley and its view makes it one of the most spectacular sites in Lycia - wish we could have seen more of this but we visited in a thunderstorm with dark clouds hovering over us. I would like to go here on a better day as there is so much to see, including:-
BATH COMPLEX - largest bath complex in Lycia, on the lower terrace. Some mosaics here too
AGORA - some shops still evident
NECROPOLISES - there are two with a variety of tombs to see
BOULEUTERION - where the council met
- Historical Travel
a look from heaven to kas . .
if you go a small way from the road to Antalya above the mountain, you will have a wonderful view over the bay to the island of Meis. On the top of the mountain you can go a few meters and can meet a few people with theyr sheeps . . .
But take water and something for eating with you, there is no possibility to buy anything . . .