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For some great day trips outside of Cirali here are some suggestions.

Arykanda
Arykanda is located 26 km. from Turuncova on the Finike-Elmali highway. After leaving the main highway it is necessary to walk or drive about 1 km. Arycanda (Arykanda) is a lesser known Lycian city, built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain slope, and was known for having the most pleasure and entertainment-loving (and debt-ridden) citizens. This ancient city towers a magnificent and stunning valley with some of the most spectacular sites in Lycia.

Arycanda is known to be one of the oldest Lycian sites – its name ends with -anda, indicitive of its Anatolian origin dating back as far as the second millennium BC. Some of the oldest coins of Lycia (5th c. BC were also found here during a recent evcavation. You can still witness continual excavation of this site.

Phaselis

Phaselis is located 1 km after turning left 57 km along the Antalya-Kemer highway. It was settled by the Rhodians in the 7th century B.C. and for many years was believed to be the most important port city of the eastern Lycian seaboard. Phaselis has 3 harbours; the north, the military protected and the south harbour, of which the most important is the later. A 220-24 m wide avenue runs throughout the city. The western end is the site of Hadrians Gate. On both sides of the avenue are sidewalks and shops. Close to these can be seen the public places like baths, theatre and agora. It is reached by road and also from the sea.

Kekova / Simena

Simena is a popular Lycian site and is situated in an attractive spot on the Turkish coast. The name “Kekova” is Turkish for “plain of thyme” and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağiz and the three ancient towns of Simena, and Tersane ( meaning “shipyard”, as its bay was the site of an ancient shipyard, with mostly Byzantine ruins). Both Simena and Teimussa have a large necropolis. Teimussa is now the village of Üçağiz, where boats set off for tours of the area.

Demre / Myra

Situated between Finike and Kas, Myra used to be a one of the most important of six Lycian cities. Originally a coastal city the gradual build up of silt from the Demre stream has left it stranded several miles away from the sea.. Myra was abandoned after the Arab invasions in the 9th century A.D. The rock tombs and amphitheatre are worth a visit as is St. Nicholas’ church ( Demre ) nearby where the legend of Father Christmas ( Santa Claus ) is said to have originated.

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