The ancient city of Arykanda is a historical monument located on the Finike-Elmali highway within the village of Arif, just 30 km from Finike. Excavation, maintenance and cleaning of the town continues to this day.

The city was built on terraces in several layers and takes about an hour to explore. Arykanda is one of the most important ancient cities of the Antalya region and is a must visit.

The name Arykanda means “a place near a high rock” in Lycian language. This fact indicates that the city is one of the oldest in the region, as its name reflects the native Anatolian language.

The history of the city goes back to the 5th century BC. Arykanda was an important center of Lycia and played an important role in the economy and culture of the region. The city was built on hilly terrain, which made it possible to erect multi-storied buildings and castles on different levels. Here you will find various archaeological sites such as a theater, fountains, gymnasiums, baths and a necropolis.

Visitors to the city can enjoy not only the history, but also the beautiful views of nature and the surrounding area. The city is located in a picturesque area where you can spend time walking or picnicking.

Explore the ancient town of Arykanda to learn more about the ancient history of the region and enjoy the beauty of Turkey.