Ocean Ports of Call

Fethiye - Turkey Highlights:
Kaya Koyu, Kadyanda, Xanthos, Letoon
Fethiye is a lively Turkish market town situated in the centre of the Turquoise Coast, the southwestern corner of Turkey. Damaged severely by earthquakes, it occupies the site of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos and close to the quay is the sprawling Hellenistic theatre and a number of Lycian rock tombs cover the hillside above the bazaar. A short walk will take you to the Amyntas Tomb with its two Ionic columns. On the hillside behind the harbour are the remains of a medieval fortress, the Knight's Castle.

Southwest of Fethiye is the deserted late-medieval town of Kaya Koyu. Known as Levissi when it was settled by Greek Orthodox Christians in the 18th century. The town was abandoned in 1923 when 6000 people were relocated to Greece in the population exchange following the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war. A thousand ruined houses, the attractive Panayia Pyrgiotissa basilica and two other churches remain. Further to the northeast is the ruined mountain top city of Kadyanda, 2500 years old, where you will find a necropolis, agora, stadium, theatre and Roman baths.

Further afield you can visit the uined ancient hillside city of Xanthos or The Letoon, shrine of the goddess Leto, the official sanctuary and oracle of the Lycian Federation. The extensive ruins include three temples, a nymphaeum, two porticos and a Hellenistic theatre.

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