The Arykanda Ruins are often described as the greatest of all ruins in Turkey. It lies on the Lycean coast and requires a bit of a trek to get to the actual ruins. As this stunning site lies on a steep hillside with the ruins scattered amongst the cedar trees, it is recommended to wear good walking shoes on the day of the visit.
The Arykanda Ruins are very well preserved and the surrounding area is also a national park. For those who can make it all the way to the top of the terraces and hill, lies magical photo opportunities of the surrounding villages and mountains. You will be able to spot some wildlife too.
There are pieces of Lycian temples that stood here many years ago and complete and partial mosaics offer beauty to the eye of each visitor. The Roman necropolis hosts a bathing complex, a stadium with a running track and a Hellenistic theater. The overall impact of this fallen city is tremendous and the amphitheatres are breathtaking, having been built over two thousand years ago.
One of the attractive features of the Arykanda Ruins is that not many people visit them. It is hardly ever crowded. Entrance fees are charged at five Turkish Lira and a restaurant is available that serves lunch. Toilet facilities are also available on this site. It is recommended to make use of a tour guide as this is an open air museum of some sorts and there won’t be ample signage for you to know what you are looking at.