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Xanthos Valley and City of Xanthos

Xanthos Valley and City of Xanthos
Xanthos Valley, east of Fethiye is the heartland of ancient Lycia, housing a number of archaeological sites including the two ancient citadel cities of Tlos and Pinara on opposite sides of the Xanthos river valley, with Sidyma, on the ridge, separating the valley from the Mediterranean.

These cities were uncovered by Englishman Charles Fellows between 1838 and 1842 during his work at Xanthos. The 70km road follows the valley of the ancient Xanthos river, now the Esen Cayi (river), to Patara, the main resort here.


Xanthos, the hilltop city with spectacular views of the Esen River (Xanthos River) and its valley below are among the most fascinating of the whole of Lycia. In 1842 Englishman Charles Fellows took just two months to remove most of the transportable monuments and art works to London, the most important of which is the Nereid Monument that is now housed in the British Museum.

Getting to Xanthos

Buses and dolmus between Fethiye and Patara drop you at Kınık and it’s a 20 minute walk up hill from there.  

Points of Interest

Archaeological finds here date from 8th century BC with reference to the city as early as 540 BC. Points of interest are; the Arch of Vespasian and adjoining Hellenistic Gateway, the plaque marking the original location of the Nereid Monument, the Lycian Acropolis, Roman Agora and Roman Theatre. The Harpy Tomb depicting the harpies carrying the souls of the dead to the Isle of the Blessed and next to it a Lycian Sarcophagus thought to date form 3rd century BC. North of the Agora is the Xanthian Obelisk. 

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