Views of Lycia

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Butterfly Valley Patara Beach

Kelebek Vadısı (Butterfly Valley)


Patara Beach and Kalkan's Mouse and Snake islands in the distance.


One of the spectacular views from the top of the acropolis of Tlos, overlooking the Xanthos valley.  The gold-colored fields
are wheat and the light green ones are aniseed.


Grazing sheep at Patara, April.
mphitheatre in background.




Kaputaş beach near Kalkan, at the foot of a gorge


Hillside at Xanthos, March


Goats at Pinara
Goats being driven to lower pastures, Pinara

Kılıçlı village, near Kekova-Simena

Village near Elmali

Village near near Gömbe, Ak dağ (White Mountain) in background.

View from the village of Islamlar over Kalkan Bay


One of the harbours at Kaş (Antiphellos).  Meis Island (Kastellorizo), a Greek Island, in the background


Turkish "ambars" (storehouses), a last vestige of Lycian
house construction methods. Village of Beyler, near Elmali


Bezirgan, near Kalkan

Village of Bezirgan, a huge flat yayla with very fertile soil.  It is near Kalkan and many of Kalkan's locals originated here and still migrate here in the summers for the coolness. Also the location of some large ambars at the southwest edge of the village.


Town of Kalkan near Patara, once an Anatolian-Greek village, the Old Town still has many of their beautiful old houses.


Springtime at Pinara
Springtime at Pinara

Foothills near Pinara

Ottoman cisterns next to the road up to Sidyma

Elmali Plain

Near Gömbe, cloudy, misty day

Dunes at Patara
Dunes at Patara with oleander and broom, May

Cedar of Lebenon near Elmali

Cedar of Lebanon tree near Gömbe in the State managed cedar forest at Dokuz Göl. Ak Dağ (White Mountain) in background. Mark Antony gave this forest (then called Oenium) as gift to his beloved Cleopatra to provide Egypt with timber for ship building.

An important tree revered antiquity, few are left in Lebenon and nearby countries but they flourish in Turkey today. The Lycians harvested these trees for export to Rome; the wood was one of the most demanded materials in antiquity and was used in construction, ship building and coffin making. Pliny the Elder used the cedars of Lebanon as a standard by which all other timbers should be measured.


Xanthos River, at the base of Xanthos' acropolis River in Lycia

Xanthos River (Eşen Çay) near Kınık, at the base of Xanthos' acropolis. The river empties into an estuary at nearby Patara.


Xanthos River (Eşen Çay) at Ören near the Lycian site of Araxa.


Saklikent (Hidden City) Gorge, second-largest gorge in Europe and a popular attraction


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