Lycian Rock Tombs, Dalyan

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See Lycian Rock Tombs, one of the ancient architectural wonders of Turkey, carved into the cliffs facing the town of Dalyan. Built around the year 400 BCE, their temple-like facade indicates that the tombs were built for kings and queens. Due to safety concerns, and in order to protect the tombs from being damaged, visitors are not allowed to go up the cliff. You can, however, take a closer look by catching a boat across the river and then going for a stroll along the path at its base. For Lycian Rock Tombs and beyond, use our Dalyan road trip planning website to get the most from your Dalyan vacation.
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  • Saw these from the river whilst travelling downstream to the beach.Part of a small group tour so not sure if one can actually walk up close and personal to these interesting ancient tombs 
    Saw these from the river whilst travelling downstream to the beach.Part of a small group tour so not sure if one can actually walk up close and personal to these interesting ancient tombs  more »
  • The only way to get to these is up the Dalyan river, and what a trip, they just appear before you, amazing, goosebumps! 
    The only way to get to these is up the Dalyan river, and what a trip, they just appear before you, amazing, goosebumps!  more »
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  • Super cool that remnants of Lycian cultures can be found right in the middle of the city!! There are no lights and also no footpath to the second tomb so climbing will be required of you. Think twice before climbing at night!! The view from the hill is breathtaking
  • The entrance during our visit was slightly concealed by overgrowth. It's between two apartment blocks with a yellow sign showing the way. When you reach the first tomb you can either head left or right and each direction takes you to more tombs. The trick is to follow the white electricity cables for the lights. There are no signs or pathways as such. You have to climb the rocks. I suggest to wear appropriate shoes and trousers due to the prickly bushes. It's worth it for the views and to see ancient history. Please note that the tombs are small (like the example in the picture), some of the pictures uploaded are of different locations and are not at this site.

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