In mid-September we set out on what was to be our last ‘big’ roadtrip of the year. Well, the last on our own (we did go to a biker party on Lesvos which involved quite a bit of riding).
We set off from Selçuk and got to Eğidir in one day. It’s a longish trip – a good six hours riding. The weather was fine and we stayed in the same hotel we’ve stayed in previously. The owners seemed pleased to see us and every year we are able to talk to the more and more as our Turkish improves.
We always enjoy Eğidir – we’ve been every September since we moved to Turkey. It’s a lovely, relaxing little town with beautiful scenery and very little European tourism (and what there is, is mostly just passing through).
This year we decided to return to Sagalassos – one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Turkey (in our opinion). I think we have written about it in this blog before. It is described as a ‘tourist site’ but we think it is too far off the beaten track to attract many tourists. We had the huge site almost to ourselves.
Occupation of the area dates back to Hittite times. Sagalassos was one of the richest cities in Pisidia when conquered by Alexander the Great. It subsequently came under Roman rule and the Emporer Hadrian took it as a Centre of his personal Cult.
The setting is spectacular but we did notice a few changes since our first visit (in 2012). The building work that we thought might be for a cable car turned out to be for a smart new visitors centre (empty and largely shut during our visit). The rock tombs are now accessible and interesting. The archaeologists on site seem to be doing a really good job, but then they are fortunate, Sagalassos is up the side of a mountain, too remote for the stone to have been plundered or recycled, so most remains present. Also remarkable is that two of the fountains still work, in September after the dry of the long hot summer water was flowing from natural springs.
The setting is wonderful with views of mountains to the south, and we saw quite a few bee eaters just past the carpark on the way out.
It’s impossible to choose just a few pictures so we shall leave you with a gallery.