OLYMPOS is a short 15
minute drive from Adrasan. This is one of the best places in Lycia
to see the evolution of architecture from Lycian through the Roman
period. Olympos has had little by way of excavation work which
leaves with an unexplored and mystical charm. In spring a walk round
Olympos is an archaeological exploration and nature walk combined.
After our historical journey we
stop at Kadir's Tree House hotel for a refreshing drink, before
visiting a camel, horse and Ostrich farm that is built in
traditional nomadic style.
could be regarded as the spiritual centre of Lycia with a wonderful
temple to the sun. Legend had it that the priests at Arykanda had,
in their possession, an artefact that had come from the sun. This
has never been found but, when you are in Arykanda, perched on the
side of a mountain with snow capped mountains in front of you and a
long valley below, the story is enough to set your imagination
Arykanda is quite a large and
extensive site which approximately 1 1/2 hours from Adrasan. A
journey with scenery that makes it worthwhile on it's own right.
& St. NICHOLAS CHURCH offer us a two for the price of one day
out. Myra is a Lycian City with a wonderful theatre and some of the
best and most extensive examples of rock tombs (Tombs carved into
the mountain rock face). St. Nicholas Church is nearby and is a good
example of the early Christian influence on this region. St.
Nicholas is, of course, believed to be the man who started the legend
of Santa Claus due to his help and assistance to the poor families
within his bishopric.
This again is about 1 1/2 hours
drive from Adrasan along the coast road which meanders in and out
past innumerable bays and gorges.
||A Short walk along the
end of the bay at Adrasan takes along a pine clad path with
wonderful views over the bay and the beach. Here we will find a
disused chromium mine and learn about the relationships between the
American miners and the local population. A meeting of one of the
oldest and most traditional cultures with the worlds most modern.
YANARTAS is home to the eternal flame which, according to legend
comes from The Chimera (a fiery dragon like beast) which was slain
and lies buried here. The victor a legendary Greek/Lycian warrior
Bellepheron. Bellerophon (the brave son of the Korintos hero
Flaukos) spies a flying horse. This is Pegasus, the divine
horse born of the blood of Medusa. Bellerophon yearns to
possess Pegasus but finds the wild creature impossible to capture.
With the aid of the city's soothsayer, Bellerophon begs the goddess
Athena to help him capture Pegasus. Athena gives Bellerophon a
golden bridle and with this he tames the winged horse and the two
Bellepheron is celebrated in many
Lycian sites and Pegasus appears on many Lycian coins.
||Visit the local village
on market day and mix with the local people as you experience, first
hand, the hustle and bustle of this small and friendly village
bazaar. Then we move on to the village to sit and take a cool drink
or drink Turkish Tea with the locals as they watch the world go by
from the tea houses in the tiny main street. Followed by a village
tour to find out more about how the locals live.
These sites to the east of Antalya are some of the most stunning
examples of Roman architecture anywhere in the world. During July
and August this day includes dinner in Antalya before visiting
Aspendos for a performance of Opera or Ballet as part of the annual
festival (extra charge for admission to Opera or Ballet).