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Ancient Lydae  

Was founded initially as a Lycian city then used by the Romans.  It was built in a very large plateau valley in the middle of the peninsular of Yapıdağı (south of Skopea Limanı).  The main approach to the city was from the north west across the isthmus  at Wall Bay and the large wall that can be found dissecting the isthmus was the defence wall to ancient Lydae.

There are three walks to the city:

1st is from Kızılkuyuruk Köyü a 45 minute walk and is directly up a reasonable sloped pathway directly to the mausoleums which then overlooks the city’s plateau.

2nd is from Wall Bay a 1 and half hour walk there and is fairly energetic but spectacular walk over a ridge then slips down towards the dry river bed flowing into the open sea, but then climbs steadily beneath the trees up to the plateau.

3rd is from Kapi Creek a 1 and a half to two hour walk which is a long but steady climb up to the plateau.

There are a lot of rubble ruins and some more substantial ruins to see.  One can look across the valley plateau and imagine a large city of its time with markets around the agora, which parts of still remain and one can see a roadway between some of these buildings.  There are 2 large domed cisterns, one of which has been cleared and has the original steps to walk down into it, which the Lycian’s and Roman’s would have collected there fresh water from.  

The view across Fethiye Körfezi towards the magnificent mountain of Baba Dağ, from the mausoleums’ on the ridge top, is spectacular  with the bays deep blue seas and many sailing yachts sails  meandering across the bay.  

Up in the valley during the summer you will find local Turks living there with donkeys, goats and sheep.  You may even get a tea or coffee served in the quiet shade of there veranda area.