Sagalassos Ruins – Explorations Of A Remarkably Preserved Ancient City

It was August, 2008 when the news hit. International news! A huge intact head and lower leg from a statue of Marcus Aurelius had been uncovered by archaeologists at the ancient city of Sagalassos. The height of the complete statue would be 15 feet. We knew of the existence of the Sagalassos … [Read more...]

The Ancient Kaunos Ruins – A Must See When In Dalyan

There's much to see and do in Dalyan. And high up on your itinerary should be an exploration of the ancient ruins of Kaunos. On the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2014, the Kaunos ruins date from various periods - a real treat for history enthusiasts. But, as well as losing yourself … [Read more...]

A Journey Through The Ancient Ruins Of Ephesus

The day before, we'd clambered around the travertines of Pamukkale and explored the haunting ruins of Hierapolis. After a good night's sleep and a breakfast to set us up for the day, we once again hit the road for the short 2 hour drive towards Selçuk. And, first stop for the day, the magnificent … [Read more...]

Hierapolis Of Phrygia – A Fascinating Ancient World Of Possibles And Maybes

The more we visit ancient sites, the more we realise we need to keep returning. Twice we've been to Hierapolis, and, after doing research for this article, I'm very keen for us to get back there and hunt out all the little details I've come across online. Those finer details that you miss as you … [Read more...]

Adventures & Explorations At The Ruins Of Perge, Antalya

Just what is it with us and the centre of Antalya? Whenever we're in this city, there's always a little travel (mis)adventure where something goes slightly array. All good fun, nothing serious...but all the same... every single visit? When we were there recently, we managed two such (mis)adventures … [Read more...]

More From The Kekova Region: Sailing By The Island & Swimming At Tersane

We've cheated a little bit with our tales from our week-long blue cruise on a gulet because we changed the order a tad. So far, on this cruise, we've explored ancient Phaselis, we were entranced by the beach and mysterious ruins of Olympos, we've taken a trip to Lycian and Roman Myra and visited the … [Read more...]

Olympos Ruins – Mystery And Haunting Beauty

Unlike our arrival at the ruins of Phaselis, there was no mistaking our approach to Olympos. We were sat right at the front of the boat on our gulet cruise and had sailed by all manner of all-inclusive resorts lining the beaches of Tekirova. Now, after a stretch of green-cliffed coastline, a curve … [Read more...]

The Ancient Phaselis Ruins – Gulets, Forests & Beaches

The engines of the gulet slowed to a steady purr as we pulled into the natural sweeping harbour. Pine trees and the sweep of a sandy beach greeted us as the chains rankled. The anchor dropped for the first time on our blue cruise from Kemer to Kekova and back again. "Phaselis," said our deck hand, … [Read more...]

Myra: Springtime Lycian & Roman Explorations

Back in March of this year, we were in Antalya for Runatolia, a running event that Barry took part in. If you followed the posts, you'll know that we took a hire car with us. And, on the way back, because we wanted to see the ruins of ancient Myra again, we did a mini D400 coastal road trip rather … [Read more...]

Visiting The Seljuk Tombstones Of Ahlat – Haunting Beauty In Eastern Turkey

Okay, so where are we up to? We showed you the map of our route from Patnos to Tatvan on our little mini road trip. Our first stop was Adilcevaz with the centuries old mosque and beautiful views across Van Gölü, and then it was time to press on towards Ahlat. And the Seljuk tombstones of Ahlat are … [Read more...]