Sharing a place with the Lycian capital Xanthos on Unesco's World Heritage list since 1988, Letoön is home to some of the finest ruins on the Lycian Way. Located about 17km south of the Pınara turn-off, this former religious centre is often considered a double site with Xanthos, but Letoön has its own romantic charm.
Letoön takes its name and importance from a large shrine to Leto, who, according to legend, was Zeus' lover and bore him Apollo and Artemis. Unimpressed, Zeus' wife Hera commanded that Leto spend eternity wandering from country to country. According to local folklore she passed much time in Lycia and became the national deity. The federation of Lycian cities then built this very impressive religious sanctuary to house her statue.