Turquoise Coast

This romantically-sited Lycian port was founded by colonists from Rhodes as early as the 7th century BC. Its wealth came from the shipment of timber, rose oil and perfume. Much of what's left dates from Roman and Byzantine times.

The extensive ruins are arranged around three bays, each with a diminutive beach, and scattered through the pine forests. The turquoise water and natural setting are gorgeous and the perfect spot for a picnic, consider making a day of it here.

Look out for Hadrian's Gate (the Roman emperor visited in AD 129), linked to the agora and adjacent theatre by a wonderful colonnaded street.

Phaselis is 16km north of the exits for Olympos and Çıralı from the D400. From the turn-off it's about 1km to the site entrance and another 1km to the ruins and the sea.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Turquoise Coast attractions

1. Chimaera


Known in Turkish as Yanartaş, or 'Burning Rock', the Chimaera is a cluster of small flames that naturally blaze on the rocky slopes of Mt Olympos. At…

2. Olympos Beach

9.77 MILES

For most visitors, the superb 4km-long sand-and-shale beach is the main attraction. Entrance is free from the Çıralı end, whereas at the Olympos end you…

3. Olympos Ruins

9.86 MILES

The rambling ruins of ancient Olympos are scattered beside the trickling Ulupınar Stream and set inside a deep, shaded valley that runs directly to the…

4. Konyaaltı Plajı

25.2 MILES

For a good dose of beach culture, head west from the centre to Konyaaltı, accessed by taking the antik tram to its final stop (Müze) and then walking…

5. Antalya Museum

25.9 MILES

Do not miss this comprehensive museum with exhibitions covering everything from the Stone and Bronze Ages to Byzantium. The Hall of Regional Excavations…

6. Karaalioğlu Parkı

25.98 MILES

This large, attractive, flower-filled park has great views over the sea and is prime sunset-promenading territory.

7. Hıdırlık Kalesi

25.99 MILES

This 14m-high tower was built in the 1st or 2nd century AD as a mausoleum and later, due to its excellent position above the bay, played an important role…

8. Viewpoint

26.14 MILES

Above the Roman Harbour, this small park has fountains, statues of frolicking animals and sweeping views.