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- Stunning amphitheater, mainly in its original state with small renovations which dont jump out at you. There a better sites around but this one definitely worth a visit. Take some drinks and snacks and watch the sunset.Written 6 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- You will find this tomb when you walk by the bazar. Is very well preserved and worth to take a look.Written 6 November 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A thorough visit to Patara Antik Kent needs a lot of time. The ruins are spread over a vast area, and there is really a lot to see. The entrance fees (they comprise the access to the beach) have to be paid before the ancient city gate. Then you can drive your car to the parking lot, walk back and explore the ruins.
In the olden days Patara was the most important port of Likya. It lay in fertile Xanthos Valley. According to ongoing excavations it is probable that the town existed as far back as the 7th century BC, but even a Hittite king is reported to have sacrificed to the gods in that region. Patara opened its gates when Alexander the Great’s troops were approaching. Thus the elders prevented its destruction. Patara played an important political part as the head of the other Likyan towns. Common meetings were held in the Assembly Hall. Patara’s harbour was the harbour of the Likyan League. Under Roman occupation it turned into the Romans’ naval base. From Patara Anatolian corn was transported to Rome. Saint Paul sailed from here to Rome. Emperor Hadrianus had a big granary built, rests of which can still be visited. Apart from Patara’s political relevance it was also an influential religious centre, comparable to Delos in Greece, because legends said that God Apollon had been born here. In the Byzantine era Patara’s famous harbour silted up. Gradually but slowly the whole town was buried under sand and had to be given up.
I started my walk at the triumph arch and went over to the harbour baths. The group of huge palm trees standing next to them made me feel like in Egypt. A stadiasmos (kind of milestone) and churches have been dug up as well as more baths, the stoa, a temple and the Byzantine fortress. The amphitheater was once covered with sand, but it is completely free from it now. If you want to, you can climb up to the top, I did not because it seemed a bit too steep for me. Instead, I preferred to cross over to the ekklesiasterion, known as the biggest government building in Anatolia. It was recently renovated by the Turkish government and is certainly worth a visit.Written 31 August 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Relatively "medium size" ancient city - if I compare to Termessos, and it isn't difficult to explore as there are signs here and there for walkers or trekkers (2 km short distance or 7 km long distance). Easy path, a bit stony, and with friends I visited in early pleasant spring time. What still visible are ruins of walls, cisterns, sample of Lycian house (not in ruins), and sarchopagus on the quiet beach. The panoramic sea view is unbeatable.Written 16 March 2022
- Reaching Apollonia Ancient City - from some distance there is a kind of ruins of walls. Short trekking is needed to reach the top and there it is the ancient city with ruins of cisterns, churches, sarcophagus, and all usual "facilities" of ancient city in the past. Located almost in the middle of nowhere and to be accompanied with somebody who knows the place is necessary. There is no information or any guidance of direction on this ancient city.
There are many "Apollonia" ancient cities in other countries but we have one close to Kas / Antalya.
Trekking around the ancient city is very pleasant, peaceful, and quiet. Often we saw goat flocks around.Written 23 March 2022
- Not only is this Kaş’ most unique experience, it’s also a secret gem of a restaurant, well worth the trip alone. The staff are welcoming and the horse tour provides spectacular panoramic sea views. The farm itself is like a mini zoo with goats, a donkey and chickens. The horses are beautiful and well-trained. The restaurant is in a peaceful, natural setting away from the crowds of the center. The adjacent organic garden appears to supply most of the restaurant’s produce. Breakfast is expansive; the chef is talented and engaging. He makes every customer feel welcomed and personally takes care of everyone. It’s clear a lot of attention to detail is given to the presentation and the gardens. I would love to see him give cooking classes. I had the pleasure of celebrating a special occasion with a group here and it was a spectacular evening, ambiance provided by endless stars and a fire pit. Grilled items seem to be the specialty and we enjoyed a mixed grill and a vast array of yummy mezes. They will cater to your needs - it’s great for romantic evenings, families and celebratory events. Vegetarians and vegans will also be well taken care of. I highly recommend.Written 15 August 2022
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