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Ancient Ruins in Fethiye & Oludeniz, Turkey

Turkey, the globally-fascinated tourist destination, lies as a connector on the boundaries of the Asian and European continents. The land preserves ancient Islamic values and western culture with utmost care and respect. The country beautifully balances its diverse religious presences. The true democratic and secular approach of Turkey makes the tourists feel comfortable during their visit. Thousands of tourists from different corners of the globe come to enjoy a healthy and happy vacation in this foreign land. Turkey looks scenic in all its seasonal attires. However, travelers suggest the winter season to be the best time to enjoy a holiday in Turkey.

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The natural beauty of Turkey is mesmerizing. On the other hand, city life in Turkey creates a complete contrast to the serene and pristine natural beauty. The city life of Turkey is vibrant and dazzling. The sensual performances of the belly dancers in the nightclubs and casinos astound the tourists. The Turkish food offered in the local restaurants and food corners is much delicious and healthy. Breakfast holds a special place in Turkish food culture, as Turks have breakfast as their main meal of the day.

However, the natural splendor of Turkey is, indeed, praiseworthy. Both the native and foreign tourists get amazed by the natural affluence in the land. Glorious snow-clad mountain ranges, lush green valleys, enormous sea beaches, and scenic countryside hamlets are the priceless assets of the land. The country is rich in ancient historical sites, most of which are in ruins at present. Here, the blog aims to offer a complete insight into the ancient ruins located in different corners of Turkey, especially in Fethiye and Oludeniz.

Turkey is known as the land of mosques for the abundance of religious sites located in different provinces and districts. The ancient historical sites discovered in various corners of the country add a classic vibe to the country. There are myriads of attraction points situated in the land, attracting different groups of tourists, respectively. The historical sites draw the attention of history enthusiasts and archaeologists.

Fethiye is located on the Turquoise coast in Turkey. The coastal town is a supreme attraction point to discover the remains of the ancient Lycian dynasty. The rock-cut tombs and the UNESCO Heritage Sites located in the district have made it an ideal destination for history enthusiasts and knowledge seekers. Oludeniz lies in the coastal region of Turkey. Oludeniz seems to be a beach attraction, but the small locality on the border of the Fethiye district has much more to offer. In ancient times, Lycia used to be a culturally independent replete with aestheticism and a secular aura. Currently, the historic site remains abandoned and carries the remnants of Rome and Byzantine during the reign period of Alexander the Great. The remains and ruins of the ancient civilizations amaze historians and adventure enthusiasts.

Lycian Way

The Lycian Way in Turkey runs along the shoreline of Antalya. The place is located close to Fethiye, meandering over the hills of Oludeniz. The route comprises footpaths, mule trails, and limestone cliffs. In millions of years of human history, different lands along the way have been conquered and settled by many rulers and kings. Now, the route is one of the lengthiest and most scenic pathways in the world. This route functions as a connector between travelers and the region.


Patara is a ruined site that lies along the world-famous Patara beach. The site functioned as a port till the 15th Century. Since then, the place has been left to ruins and owned by the sands of the Mediterranean Sea. Over the years, the site has turned into the current scenic natural reserve. Right now, the site is under excavation process. Many enthralling structures have been restored from within. Archaeologists and researchers have revealed the presence of the Temple of Apollo (the Sun God) that still needs to be excavated. The coastal site houses the oldest lighthouse on earth and the parliament building of the Lycian empire. The place creates delight especially, the American tourists, as the semi-circular arrangement of the seats in the parliament house reminds them of the seating arrangement of their House of Congress.

Xanthos and Letoon

Two sites of Xanthos and Letoon are situated at the east of Fethiye. Xanthos used to be the capital city of the Lycian Federation and, the city has an awe-striking and strange history. In the earliest centuries, the city people chose to commit mass suicide rather than surrendering to the invading forces of Romans and Persians. The fearless and firm attitude of these people is still a matter of discussion among the visitors. The tourists can have a view of the Taurus Mountains and valleys from these ruined sites. Several temples located in Letoon have been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a visit to Turkey, these archaeological sites at Oludeniz are a must-visit.


Ruins of the ancient city of Simena lie on the streets and waters of the village Kaleköy. The remains of the old castle lie at the top of the village. In the early centuries, Knights of Rhodes built the castle. The term Kaleköy literally means Castle village. In the 2nd Century, the entire residential part of the city submerged into the seawater due to a devastating earthquake.


The village of Dodurga is located amongst the ancient ruins of Sidyma. The current inhabitants use the contemporary-used pillars and, some are already there inside their houses. The present village mosque was built of the ruins. For this reason, the back wall of the mosque shows the inscription mentioning the deities of Zeus, Apollo, and Athena. The village house eighty or so inhabitants. The welcoming approach and warm behavior of the village people have made the place one of the friendliest villages in Oludeniz, to the tourists.

Roman Theatre

In ancient times when the Roman rulers conquered the land, they allowed the Lycians to maintain their autonomous rule. Along with, the Roman also went on with their missions to leave their mark on the cities. The theatre was built back in the 2nd Century BC. The theatre had a seating capacity of 6000 spectators. Currently, the theatre is in ruins. The excavation process has begun to restore the site. The top-tier in seating place offers the tourists a panoramic view of the entire town and the sea beyond.


Kayaköy is located eight kilometers far from Fethiye. The village used to house a mixed population of Turks and Greeks harmoniously. In 1923, the Population Exchange changed this beautiful tradition. All the Greek people living in Turkey had to return to Greece. Similarly, all the Turks in Greece abandoned the country and came here. The village is now in a dilapidated state surrounded by stones and hills. The churches of the villages are in complete ruins, but the interior décor of the religious buildings amaze the visitors.


Pinara, one of the Lycian Cities, is currently left in ruins. The city lies on the southeast of Fethiye. The city is noteworthy for the honeycombed cliffs made of nearly 1000 monolithic rock tombs. The lush greenery around the ruins looks scintillating. The tourists can enjoy the view of the snow-clad mountain peaks and dense green forests. The place is one of the lesser-trodden places among the other Lycian sites in the region.


Tlos is another Lycian city ruin that surrounds the Fethiye district from all around. The hillside city houses ruins of the Ottoman fortress. Tlos was completely abandoned in the 19th Century. Various local robber gangs used the fort during Ottoman rule. The tourists can witness the ruins of the Roman and Lycian cities on every side of the Acropolis. The ruins include houses, edifice, necropolis, theatre, and an agora. The Lycian rock tombs with ornamental facades impress the tourists.

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To conclude,

The blog has discussed the ancient ruins located in Fethiye and Oludeniz. The ruins depict the history of Lycian cities and federation. On a historic visit to Turkey, the remains of Roman and Ottoman empires are a must to visit for the tourists. On a visit to Turkey, the tourists must book the Turkey Pool Villa to enjoy a nice, comfortable vacation. The best quality service and warm behavior in the Pool Villa refresh and rejuvenate the mind and body.