Cadianda and Uzumlu village in Fethiye Turkey
The Uzumlu village is located in 20 km from Fethiye. Time stops here offering you sit down, drink a glass of red wine at a local winery, enjoy the mountain scenery and leisurely think about eternity in warm rays of gentle sun. The name Uzumlu is translated from Turkish as "grape" – excellent local wine is produced here and juicy grapes decorate the terrace houses until late autumn. It is a true paradise with the emerald - green meadows and picturesque mountains covered with dense fairy forests. The real Turkish Tuscany!
There are white sheeps peacefully grazing on the lush green grass and cozy smoke rises from the chimneys in the high blue sky. The locals cordially smile and say hello like old friends. There are about 3500 people living in the In the village of Uzumlu. The narrow old streets, stone houses of Ottoman style overgrown with ivy, craft shops where local old ladies weave a special cotton fabric «dastar» - all this and much more you can see in Uzumlu village. During almost 8 months of the year you may collect edible mushrooms in the forests of Uzumlu Turkey such as penny bun, some kinds of truffle and chanterelle, Japanese pine mushroom matsutake and others. Every year in early April the festival of mushrooms is held in Uzumlu.
In the mountains above the village of Uzumlu archaeologists discovered the remains of an ancient Roman settlement - Lycian Cadianda, it’s ruins date back to the 5th century BC. Also Cadianda is known as the last city that joined the Lycian Union.
The city is situated at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level, it is encircled by the wall that was built of large stones. There are four Lycian rock tombs located near the entrance, and three of them were created in the IV century BC and by its outlines resembles the houses that did not survive to the present day. In the survived fourth tomb on the south side you can see the figure of a man sitting on the couch and there is a figure of a rider with a spear and shield on the north side.
In the north of the entrance to the Acropolis you will see the ruins that belonged to Doric temple. Next to it there is the bath that was built by large hewn stones during the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. On the hillside where the city is located you can find a small theater. The western part of the theater’s orchestra in Cadianda Turkey was well preserved, but the scene was completely destroyed.
The 900 meters long foundation was laid at the center of the city from west to east. It is believed that the stadium was built here and this hypothesis is confirmed by a lot of written evidence found during the excavations that describe the athletic festivals in Cadianda Turkey. There are a lot of pedestals for sculptures of athletes located in the vicinity of the stadium.
Cadianda and Uzumlu Turkey are great places to discover masterpieces of Turkish winemaking, “dastar” weaving and a history that goes back centuries.
You can hire a car in Fethiye to be able to get to Uzumlu.