Bucak

Bucak (literally “sheltered nook” or “corner” in Turkish) is a district and the biggest town of Burdur Province, Turkey. Located in ancient Pisidia, today it includes 45 km of the Via Eurasia.

The town’s population was 35,621 at the 2007 census. A few historic buildings and houses remain, but most of the buildings are modern. There are many marble resources around Bucak, and many of the inhabitants work with marble, which is processed in the marble factories located around Bucak and exported all over the world. The district center has an altitude of 850 m and the whole area an average elevation of 1200 m.

History of Bucak

There is evidence of settlement here dating back to prehistoric times. One of the most important settlements dating back to the Neolithic Period (8500-5400 BC) in Pisidia is found nearby. The ancient Pisidian city of Melli or Milyas was appointed to govern the area by the Persians when they took control of the region in 546 AD. Milyas was later invaded by Alexander the Great. After Alexander’s death, Selefkos and Pergamon (indirectly Rome) took control of the area. Before the Turks, the Bucak district was dominated by Pisidians, Persians, Macedonians, Seleucids, Romans and Byzantines. Many historical remains from these states are seen in the district of Bucak.

Interesting Places in Bucak

Sia

Sia is an ancient city of Pisdia. The fortified walls of the city, dating back to the Hellenistic period, and a two-storey tower and the entrance gate are still standing. The houses, both inside and outside the walls, have bottle-shaped cisterns fed by rainwater gathered in the open courtyards. The only building belonging to the Roman period is the Bouleterion, the parliament building. The city’s Necropolis remains intact.


Melli

The ancient city nicknamed Melli is located one km from the present village of Kocaaliler on a high, rocky outcrop above a small plain with arable land; it is surrounded by peaks. Many coins have been found but the real name is unknown. In antiquity, the city was approached from the north, as the well-preserved road shows. It passes an extensive necropolis and ends at the city walls.


Sections

  1. Pednelissos to Yeşildere 6 kmJust after passing through some olive groves, the route enters Bucak. Following the path, walkers will come across some water sources and good places to camp. The route then merges onto dirt track heading north and then west through forest and fields. After turning onto and following the main road, the route ends at the Yeşildere Restaurant.
  1. Yeşildere to Melli 17.4 kmFrom the Yesildere Restaurant, the route crosses the stream and heads into the valley on dirt track. There are many water sources on this route as you continue walking. The hike ends by merging onto a path and reaching the ancient city of Melli.
  1. Melli to Sia 22.3 kmStarting from the ancient city of Melli, the route passes through a settlement called Kocaalilerwith a café and markets where supplies can be purchased. Continue on through a more forested area winding through the valleys. There are many good campsites and water sources along the mix of forest road and path. The route passes by some open fields before heading south. Stretches of an ancient road are visible before walkers reach the ancient city of Sia.

Accommodation

There are some hotels in the main city of Bucak as well as some places to camp along the route.

At Pednelissos/Kozan is a small pension listed on the St Paul Trail website.

Transport

The route crosses the main road from İsparta to Antalya at the Yeşildere restaurant – there are long-distance buses on this route every 2 hours. Kozan is reached by a dolmuş from Antalya – see the St Paul Trail website. Bucak has good connections to Antalya or Burdur.  The route close to Sia is best reached via the dolmuş from Antalya to Dağbeli.

                        


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