Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs (Tomb of Amyntas)
The only way to reach the tombs is by climbing up the hillside. It’s a short walk but leave yourself plenty of time to admire the ruins and take in the views along the way—you can see as far as the Greek island of Rhodes on a clear day. A flight of rocky steps climb up to the very top to reach the Tomb of Amyntas. The entrance to the Amyntas Tomb was carved out of the rock so as to look like a temple portico, with two Ionic-style columns topped by a triangular pediment, and an inscription reading: “Amyntas, son of Hermagios”.
Things to know before you go
- The Lycian Rock Tombs are a must for history buffs and those interested in Turkey’s ancient Lycians.
- The Kings Garden Restaurant stands at the foot of the Tomb of Amyntas, where you can pause for refreshments before continuing to the top.
- Although you can enjoy views of the tombs for free, there is an entrance fee to visit the Tomb of Amyntas.
- It’s an easy hike to the rock tombs and suitable for children, although it is not accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Wear sturdy shoes if you want to explore the ruins, as the ground is rocky and uneven.
How to get there
Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs are located just south of the main town and the only way to reach them is on foot. It’s a 15-minute uphill hike from the central bus station, followed by 296 stairs to get to the Tomb of Amyntas at the highest point.
When to get there
It’s possible to visit the Lycian Rock Tombs at any time of year and the Tomb of Amyntas is typically open from sunrise to sunset. For the most memorable views, climb up in time to watch the sunset from the cliffside.
Historic Sites Around Fethiye
After admiring the Lycian Rock Tombs, spend some time exploring the rest of the city’s ancient ruins, which include the remains of a Roman amphitheater close to the harbor. Tours offer a greater insight into the city’s ancient past—Fethiye is built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Telmessos—and the Fethiye Museum houses the most impressive artifacts uncovered in the region. Further afield, popular day trips include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus, one of Turkey’s most impressively preserved ancient cities; the Lycian tombs of Kaunos; and the abandoned Greek-Christian village of Karakoy.
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- Calis Beach (Calis Plaji)
- Fethiye Roman Theater (Telmessos Theatre)
- Gulf of Fethiye (Fethiye Körfezi)
- Fethiye Lycian Stone Sarcophagi
- Fethiye Old Town (Paspatur)
- Fethiye Museum (Fethiye Muzesi)
- Gemiler Island (Gemiler Adasi)
- Ölüdeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon
- Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)
- Saklikent National Park (Saklikent Milli Parki)
- Patara Beach (Patara Plaji)