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“Special place and atmosphere”

Pinara Antique City
Ranked #20 of 77 things to do in Fethiye
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Owner description: The settlement of Pinara was one of the principal cities of Lycia and existed as early as the 5th century BC. The site is in untouched mountain setting and offers stunning view of the Xanthos valley.
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We loved the seclusion of the second part of site. Walk down to amphitheatre and stay a while to soak in the beauty and calm of the setting. Easy to imagine why this was chosen to build this small Lycian city. It's very special setting in a natural bowl surrounded by mountains. Beautiful!

3  Thank Philternent
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Pinara was the finest of any of the ancient sites we visited while in southern Turkey. Maybe it was so by chance. It was a perfect sunny day, and we were literally the only two people in the entire place! For the minimal entry fee (~5TL PP) it is so worth it. It is off the beaten path for sure, about 7 K off the main highway, but a beautiful drive and highly recommended. After paying the entry fee, there is a trail head nearby to the rock tombs. I would skip this rock tombs trail unless you haven't seen any rock tombs up close yet. They are interesting, but exactly like all the rest around the region. I would get back in your car and drive another half mile up the road and park near the ruins of the amphitheater. You can wander down there on foot very easily, and climb around on a very well preserved amphitheater. It is really special if you happen to have it all to yourselves like we did. There are also some rock masoleums nearby you can climb around on. I also recommend you take the trail across the road from the amphitheater up the hill a little ways to some spectacular ruins of a church and market area.

5  Thank STL_traveladdict
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

The ancient rock tombs were truly remarkable - the mountain was literally honeycombed with them. The theatre was well preserved and in a really dramatic setting with mountains behind it in the distance. The city itself is ruinous. Virtually no other visitors the day I went there, which was rather special.

4  Thank suzziej
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

After a rocky and bumpy 2km or so we reached Pinara around 4pm but despite being open until 7pm there was no-one to collect the money (5 TRY each). Great views over the plain towards the Taurus mountains with nothing but cicadas and goats disturbing the peace. Areas of interest are well signposted. The ground is quite rocky and unstable in places so wear sensible footwear and take water. I’m scared of heights but nothing was going to stop me climbing as high as we could. The rock-cut tombs are incredible (you can only view them looking upwards as not accessible). The ruins are quite scattered so you need to use your imagination but still worth it. The views are amazing and the climb down (from the Agora to the left facing the plain) was a lot easier than going back the way we’d come. The Theatre was my favourite bit. Still very intact and incredible to think of all the people who have sat and wandered this area over the past thousands of years.

2  Thank bluelizard
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

See review for Ancient rock tombs - well worth a visit, but road up to the village is rocky so an SUV would be good but not essential as there were cars there too

1  Thank William B
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