On Saturday 22nd we leave Fethiye for the 75km drive to our second location, the village of Gelemis, which is close to the long beach of Patara with it’s ancient ruins. Our accommodation is the Akay Pension. We have a room overlooking the terrace and small swimming pool. Before beginning our 5 nights here we stop off at our first Xanthos Valley Lycian city ruins. The ruins of Tlos located in the hills above the valley, are from various periods. Most notable are the rock-cut house tombs with some free standing sarcophagi forming a necropolis area below the main acropolis; this latter includes a later Ottoman fort. Further along there is a large stadium (not able to go into this), a Byzantine church, Roman Temple of Kronos, and two bath complexes. There is also an impressive Roman period theatre which is closed, so we are only able to view it from a distance. We spend nearly two hours exploring with just a few other people around; we luckily finish exploring just as a coach party arrives.
We enjoy settling into our new hotel; very genial owners and we enjoy a super home cooked meal on the terrace in the evening.