The Lycian Way: episode 2

A 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct makes its way across the mountains from Xanthos to Akbel. It looks a bit like Hadrian’s wall from a distance and some of it is as high.

The aqueduct also reminded me of the great wall of China

Other sections are terraced across the hills (a bit like the conduit under Castle Rock at Thirlmere) and the walking route actually travels along the top of it.

Sections of pipe from the aqueduct

From Akbel the route continues to Patara where excavations are taking place of the old city. There were no “keep off” or “hazard” signs even though some pretty heavy-duty works were going on involving, surprisingly, a large digger.

The amphitheatre at Patara - only one building on a superb site

Today ended with a visit to nearby beach (not as nice as yesterday’s, I should have spent more time with the ruins).

To find out more about this walk you can consult the only guidebook/website:

Series - Lycian Way

  1. The Lycian Way: day 1
  2. The Lycian Way: episode 2
  3. Lycian Way: day 3 or day 1?
  4. Lycia Day 4: wildlife and tombs
  5. Lycia – modern history intrudes
  6. A Lycian Canyon

6 thoughts on “The Lycian Way: episode 2”

  1. I can only presume that the start point of the aqueduct was a lot high than the finish, otherwise the water would have had trouble flowing up hill, as appears to be the case from the pic. Fascinating the way the Romans made a pipe from stone blocks – looks a bit like Lego!

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