My knowledge of ancient history is crummy. Whatever we may have studied in school went in one ear and right out the other. But I have to say walking through the massive gates and into the ancient city of Phaselis was actually very interesting, thanks in part to English signs explaining the history.
The origins of Phaselis have been dated to the 7th century BC.
The city was first colonized by Greeks. Then it fell under Persian control but was later taken by Alexander the Great. It stayed in Egyptian hands (209-197 BC) until it was handed to the Kingdom of Rhodes under the Roman rule of Ptolemy. The bottom line – lots of back and forth, especially with its three natural harbours until the 11th century AD when the ports of Antalya and Alanya were developed.
If you hike the Lycian Way
We had a rest day after all of two days of walking on the Lycian Way in the village of Beycik, about a 15 minute drive away. Our host at the Beycik Palace Hotel was a total delight and offered to drive us back and forth to the ruins. In total we spent a couple of hours and that was about right.
The entrance fee is 10 Turkish lira – and that gives you access to the ruins and the beaches.
Enjoy a walk through time in Phaselis.
Other posts you might enjoy related to our trip in Turkey
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- Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey