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Arycanda Review

The well-preserved walls and lovely location of Arycanda, high in a mountain valley above Finike, make this ancient Lycian town one of the most beautiful and least crowded archaeological sites on the Turquoise Coast. A parking area and easy-to-follow trail lead up to the acropolis, first passing a church and the monumental Roman baths (perhaps Turkey's best-preserved), with intact mosaic floors, standing walls, and windows framing the valley. The tombs, farther east along the trail, are more properly Roman rather than Lycian—it's worth the hike to see the carved gateway on the last one. At the top of the hills sit a sunken agora, or market, with arcades on three sides and an intimate odeon, or small concert hall, topped by a Greek-style theater that offers a breathtaking view of the valley and mountains often capped with snow. Even higher up is the town's stadium or running track. Farther north is a second, long thin agora, with a small temple above it. From here the official trail scrambles down to some Roman villas, but you may find it easier to backtrack. Back toward the car park is a temple of Trajan with an ancient Roman toilet underneath.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 30km (19 m) north of Finike on the Elmalı road, Finike
  • Phone: 535/856–6059
  • Cost: 3 TL
  • Hours: Daily 9–7:30
  • Location: Finike and Arycanda
Updated: 11-21-2013

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