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TLOS

TloscastleIf you visit the Saklıkent Gorge on a tour or with your own car you can combine the trip with a run around the remains of Tlos, one of the oldest - and most dramatically sited - of the Lycian cities although very little is known about its history.

The town was created around a huge rock and its summit is topped off with the ruins of a late Ottoman fort that once belonged to Kanlı (Bloody) Ali Ağa who, in an early example of an honour killing, is rumored to have murdered his own daughter to protect his family’s reputation in the 19th century.

The most obvious relics of the Lycian city are a collection of rock-cut tombs of a type also to be seen in Myra, Xanthos and other coastal towns that hug the base of the rock. 

The most interesting is out on a limb but bears a carving of the Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus, hence its name, the Tomb of Bellerophon. On the slopes beneath the ruins of the castle freestanding Lycian sarcophagus of the type to be seen at Kaş and Simena are also visible.

But there is much more to Tlos than just the rock. At the foot of it immediately behind the ticket office much of the Roman stadium survives intact. If you walk across it you will come to substantial standing remains of a bathhouse, as well as lesser remains of a temple and a Byzantine church complete with narthex.tlosstadium

Across the road the Roman theatre also survives almost intact. It's currently fenced off from visitors while further excavations are being carried out.

Eating

There are a couple of small cafes across the road from the ruins but the most intersting place to eat locally is in Yakaköy where a large restaurant offers trout meals in a range of kiosks amid waterfalls and pools.

Its unique selling point is a bar with trout swimming around the edge so that you can tickle them. Frankly, this seems pretty unkind. When I last visited one of the fish was clearly injured, probably by an over-zealous tickler.yakakoy

Sleeping

One of the best bases for a visit to Tlos is the Tlos Mountain Lodge a short drive back downhill in the village of Yakaköy (Yaka). It has something of the air of a country house in England about it. Tel: 0252-638 2515, www.tlosmoutainlodge.com.

Transport info

tlostheatreTours from Fethiye, Kaş and Kalkan include Tlos on tours and jeep safaris that take in the Saklıkent Gorge.

You can get there by dolmuş from Fethiye's Köy Garaj too.

 

 

 

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