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Guided excursion to Termessos

Located around 21 miles (34 km) northwest of Antalya, Termessos is a huge site, spread across a rocky mountain valley.

Unusually, it is neither a Greek nor a Lycian site but a fiercely independent Pisidian city, as the population of Termessos fought off Alexander the Great in 333 BC, while the Romans allowed Termessos its independence in 70 BC without the need to battle for victory.

It takes around an hour to reach Termessos, as you have to first leave Antalya then travel into the Taurus Mountains. The site is extensive, and set on the mountain side, which means that the paths, though well-marked, are quite steep in places.

This mountainous location made the city easier to defend, and has meant that much of the site has remained fairly well preserved. Views throughout are fantastic but are perhaps best from the Theatre, which overlooks the valley.

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    Guided tour of Antalya Museum, Perge and Aspendos

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