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Lycia was a geopolitical region in Anatolia in what are now the provinces of Antalya and Muğla in Teke Peninsula on the southern coast of Turkey. Lycia is also popularly known as Turquoise Coast. With its historical artifacts sheltered within, Lycia is practically an open-air museum and is Anatolia's most mysterious region, a place where green forests surround lacy coves and shade the deep blue water.
The main six principles of Lycian Union were Myra,Xanthos, Tlos, Pinara, Patara and Olympos.
Lycians were one of the most enigmatic people of antiquity. Although little historical record has been left behind them, what has been discovered reveals a fascinating people culturally distinct from the rest of the ancient world. Throughout ancient history, the Lycians had always held a distinctive place among the various races of Anatolia.
Locked away in their mountainous country, Lycian had a fierce love of freedom and independence with a developed art style and a high standard of living. Their strategic position gave them unique opportunities for sea-trade. After Persian rule, the Lycians welcomed Alexander the Great and absorbed Greek culture. Later, Lycia became a province of the Roman Empire; as it crumbled, many Byzantine monasteries were founded in the Lycian hills. The Lycians tombs and ruins abound on the peninsula and the Lycian Way passes many remote historical sites. Many major sites remain today with the Lycians' unusual funerary architecture dominating the breathtaking unspoiled land of Lycia.
Just as many places that are found in the Lycian region are accessible over land as they are by boat. For instance, the Fethiye bays, Kekova as well as Demre which are full of historical artifacts, present blue cruises with incomparable beauty.