The Turquoise Coast Places

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Termessos

Getting Here and Around

It's easiest to get to Termessos if you have a car, but tours can be arranged by agencies in Antalya, or you can catch any bus from the bus station to Korkuteli and get of at the Termessos intersection where taxis usually wait; one way is around $15. A visit takes at least four hours, and there is no restaurant at the site, so pack water and lunch, and wear sturdy shoes. Writers in antiquity referred to Termessos as the Eagle's Nest, and when you visit the site, 4,500 feet high in the mountains west of Antalya, and you'll understand why. The city was impregnable and now offers stunning vistas over the beautiful scenery of Termessos National Park. The warlike and fiercely independent people who made their home here launched frequent raids on their coastal neighbors. They were not Greek but a native Asia Minor people who called themselves the Solymians, after ancient Mt. Solymus, which rises above the city. Termessos remained autonomous for much of its history and was quite wealthy by the 2nd century AD. Most of its remains date from this period.

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