Ancient Phaselis is set on three small, perfect bays, now protected within the grounds of a beautiful national park.
Two millennia ago in Roman times this was a thriving port town shipping rose oil and the perfumes made of it, as well as timber from the surrounding forests.
Today the three bays and ruined aqueduct of golden limestone shaded by fragrant pines are all that is left of once-prosperous Phaselis. Located near Olimpos and not all that far from Antalya (map), it's a perfect spot for a quiet rest and a splash in the sea from one of the small pebbly beaches.
There's a small admission fee to the park, which is open from 7:30 am to 7 pm in summer. Drinks, snacks and toilets are available.
Distances & Travel Times
Antalya: 58 km (36 miles) NE, 1 hour
Kemer: 14 km (9 miles) N, 15 minutes
Olimpos: 18 km (11 miles) S, 20 minutes
Tekirova: 5 km (3 miles) S, 10 minutes