Tucked away in the mountains and dominated by a dramatic red cliff peppered with dozens of rock-cut tombs, there’s a dream-like quality to the ancient city of Pinara. It’s one of my favourite places in Turkey.
The builders of the Delikkemer reverse siphon aqueduct demonstrated a profound knowledge of hydraulics when they constructed this substantial piece of quality 2000-year-old civil engineering, allowing water to flow uphill. Astonishing, and well worth a visit.
One of the finest of all the Lycian cities, possessing the world’s oldest lighthouse, a council chamber where the leaders of the earliest known example of democracy gathered, a superb amphitheatre and a great big willy on a rock, all combining to make Patara a must-see destination.