Xanthos - Lycian Antique City, Kalkan

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Explore the tombs, temple ruins, and amphitheater of Xanthos - Lycian Antique City, the former capital city of the Lycian Federation. Dating back to the 8th century BCE, this antique city is known for its violent history. Over time the city recovered and now you can tour its historic streets, temples, and ruins. The city is easily accessible via car, and you'll find restrooms and drinks available near the archeological digs and preserved sites. To learn more about the history behind the ruins, hire one of the English-speaking tour guides that offer their services throughout the area. History tells that around 540 BCE, the people of the city chose to commit mass suicide instead of surrendering to invading Persian forces. The men of the town set fire to the women, children, slaves, and prized possessions at the acropolis before fighting a doomed battle against the Persians. Eventually the town was repopulated, but history repeated itself 500 years later, when in 42 BCE, during the Roman Civil Wars, Brutus attacked the city after the townspeople refused to comply with his demands for soldiers. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Xanthos - Lycian Antique City and many more Kalkan attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kalkan itinerary builder.
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  • This was part of out Jeep Safari day out boy was it hot but well worth the visit very interesting area to walk around handy loo's available as well just bring lots of water with you as it can get hot ...  more »
  • Not as impressive as nearby Patara, but worth a visit for a peek into the life of the region at the peak of its glory.  more »
  • This was fascinating to visit, high on a hill overlooking the valley. Recommended alongside Letoon and nearby Patara with its lovely beach.  more »

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The seaside town of Kalkan offers two distinct options in terms of accommodations. Upscale, stunning villas for rent dominate one side of the Mediterranean coast, although they tend to be a longer walk from restaurants and the harbor. This side of town also offers infinity pools that draw tourists. If you're looking for more budget-friendly options, look for guesthouses or single hostels in the village.
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