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The Lycian Way from Istlada to Andriake 10km.

This fairly gentle section of the Lycian way takes you from the virtually unknown, unexcavated and even unsignposted Lycian city of Istlada.  Never a huge city Istlada does have a wonderful feeling of almost being recently abandoned the street that goes up the valley is strangely reminiscent of teh famous ‘Uzun Carsi’ ottoman street in Kas, with shops and bars.  There are many sarcophagus and a very visible collection of Byzantine period churches built close together, along with many vaulted stores similar again to the buildings round the harbour of Kas.

Istlada has recently been included on the Lycian way, so is well and freshly marked.  Leaving Istlada you follow a series of valleys before nearing the sea below the village of Kapakli.  Here you descend to the beautiful untouched beach known as Cakil ( pebble) before approaching the sandy expanse of Cayagzi ‘River mouth’  Here you must cross a little wooden bridge, where you can turn left to go to the Oracle of Sura, or right to the harbour of Andriake.

Andriake was the harbour of Myra, one of Lycia’s largest cities, eventually becoming the capital in the early Byzantine age.

On arrival at Andriake, make sure to visit the newly opened Museum of Lycian Civilisations, which is housed inside the Granary of Hadrian.  The swampy remains of this Roman harbour are a great place for bird-watching, in you are lucky a Flamingo may be in residence.

Lycian Way paint marks on the way to Andriake
The site of Andriake Beach
The Lycian Blue sea for Cakil beach
The sign to Sura at the cayagzi bridge

The sign to Sura at the cayagzi bridge

The fine sand at Andriake Beach

The fine sand at Andriake Beach

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The trekking footbridge at Cayagzi
Cast a long shadow
Andriake beach
The church at Istlada
Istlada, remains of carving
Lycian Sarcophagus at Istlada
Lycian Sarcophagus and trekking group at Istlada
Lycian Sarcophagus and trekking group at Istlada
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Church of Istlada

Church of Istlada

The Agora of  Andriake

The Agora of Andriake

The Roman cisterns of Andrike

The Roman cisterns of Andrike

Museum of Lycian Civilisations
From the Synagogue of Andriake

From the Synagogue of Andriake

From the Synagogue of Andriake

From the Synagogue of Andriake

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