Visiting Sagalassos

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Sagalassos is located near the town of Ağlasun, about 110 km north of Antalya. Ağlasun (pronounced Ah-lah-sun) is a country town with charming traditional architecture, set in a beautiful countryside full of wheat fields, rose farms, and cherry orchards. The town is about 7km from the site.

Visiting Sagalassos

Though the site is open year-round, July and August are the best months to see archaeologists at work at Sagalassos. For the exact period of the excavation, please check our schedule. Visiting hours at the site are the same as the archaeologists' working hours, from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, archaeologists and guides are not working on the site. During summer, the visiting hours are extended until 7:00 PM.

Brochures and walking maps are available at the Sagalassos gatehouse and at the Sagaleri in Ağlasun. During July and August, volunteer guides from Belgium are available for guided tours in English, Dutch, German, and French. (We hope to initiate a Turkish guide service soon.) Several Belgian tour operators organize visits to Sagalassos. Check with our sponsors Omnia Tours (Belgium) and Turkish Airlines for more details. Expect to spend 1 to 3 hours at the site, depending on your pace and the thoroughness of your visit!

Sagalassos is normally sunny and hot in the summer, with temperatures between 30° and 35° C during the day. We recommend hats, water, and sunscreen and sturdy shoes rather than sandals.

If you visit Turkey outside the summer months, it is still possible to visit the site. However, Sagalassos lies at 1600 m above sea level and can receive heavy snow during late fall, winter, and spring. Be aware that weather conditions may make it difficult to reach the site during these times.

How do I get to the site?

For information on getting to Ağlasun, click here.

If you're traveling with your own car, follow the black-and-yellow traffic signs from the town center (şehir merkezi) that will lead you to the archaeological site. The road from Ağlasun to Sagalassos is shown in blue on this map.

Beginning in July 2010, there is regular minibus service from Ağlasun to Sagalassos. Buses will leave from the Sagaleri Visitors' Centre at 11am and 2:30pm. The buses return from the site to Aglasun at 1:30pm and 5:00pm. The new service will cost 20TL, split by however many people are using the bus (so bring friends!).

If you would like transportation to the site at a different time, you can hire a minibus from the Visitors' Centre or find a taxi in the town square. Your driver can bring you to the entrance of the site and pick you up later when your visit is over. Make sure that you agree in advance on a price for a taxi ride, and the time for the ride back. Visiting the excavations may take between 1 and 3 hours.

You can also walk from Ağlasun to Sagalassos. The road winds through young forests and pretty countryside and offers dramatic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. However, it is a steep and challenging route that gains over 500m of elevation. If you choose to walk, you should be in good physical condition. And be sure to bring lots of water! Walking maps to the site and other areas will be available in the Sagaleri from July 2010.