The ancient Lycians
might have managed to claw their way up the rock face to carve out the tombs in 450BC but they're best admired from a restaurant terrace over a glass of the local rose wine as the sun sets.
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Coast programme from May-October.
when it is said to be one of the six leading cities of the Lycian
Union (the other five were Xanthos, Tlos, Pinara, Patara and Olympos).
aduna 'to eat', karsuna 'to cut') and a similar formation is known in Lycian
(tebana 'to conquer', zxxana 'to fight', xlaina 'to dominate'); (22) as C.
But it would be a shame to miss the Lycian
coast's many attractions.
TURKEY: Exclusive Escapes (0208 605 3500) offers seven nights' B& B at stylish Kalkan Regency on Lycian
coast from April 25 for pounds 400, incl B& B accom, return flights into Dalaman, transfers, day's gulet cruise and Turkish Bath.
The guide takes in an array of coastal resorts, including Bodrum, Marmaris and Dalaman on the Turquoise coast and Fethiye, Kalkan and OluCdeniz on the Lycian
On this trip, visit classical monuments in Athens before boarding the 17-cabin yacht Callisto with an underwater archaeology expert for island stops at Santorini and Rhodes and a trio of Turkish delights: cliffside Lycian
capital Xanthos (excavated post-World War II), semi-submerged Simena (home to a famed necropolis), and Bodrum's Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
tombs cut into the faces of seemingly inaccessible cliffs.
Visit the volcanic area of Cappadocia, the white stalactites of Pamukkale and the mountainous Lycian
Nicholas's golden moment, the one that rooted him in a legend that has steadily evolved over the past 1,700 years (to the point where there's no escaping the man from October to December), was when he appeared one night with a gift for a newly impoverished family in the Lycian
capital of Patara.
Harrison offers an astute reading of the famous confrontation between the Lycian
Glaucus and the Greek warrior Diomedes in Homer's Iliad.