was a region in Anatolia .Lycia is including historical and natural value
and the most interesting place .In ancient time was called as a ''The
Light Country''Antique cities and nature were together everytime.
southwestern Anatolia. Located along the Mediterranean Sea coast in
present-day Turkey, in ancient times it was situated between the regions
of Caria and Pamphylia. By the 8th century
it was a thriving maritime country. It later fell to king Cyrus II of
the Persian Achaemenian dynasty. Annexed to Roman Pamphylia in
43, after the 4th century it became a separate Roman province.The
region is split between Antalya (on the east) and Muğla (on the west)
provinces. The major city is
built on ancient Telmessos. Well known towns include
and Demre (ancient Myra). Inland Elmalı is fairly important.
Turkey's first waymarked long-distance footpath, the
follows part of the coast of the region.
The principal cities of ancient Lycia were
(each entitled to three votes in the Lycian League) and
Cities such as Telmessos and Krya were sometimes listed by Classical
authors as Carian and sometimes as Lycian.
Ancient names can sometimes be difficult to match with modern features:
the Cragus and Anticragus mountains on the west side of the
Xanthos river seem to include modern Babadağ.
Lycians, spoke an Indo-European language, belonging to its Anatolian
branch. The closest language to the Lycian language is the Luwian
language, which was spoken in Anatolia during the 2nd and early 1st
millennium BC; it may even be its direct ancestor
most important cities of ancient
Xanthos, Patara, Olympos, Pinara, Tlos, and Myra