Tombs of the Kings. Mentioned in every single tourist and travel guide. What’s the big deal?
Well, this was my fifth visit, so I guess that would make me an expert, right? Just to make it clear: wondering around ancient graveyards is not how I normally spend my free time.
Especially in spring, which is my favourite time to visit. There are literally no tourists, all the plants and flowers are starting to bloom and all you hear in the background is just waves crashing against the rocks.
As you walk through this almost desert-like landscape you will uncover underground tombs and chambers from the Hellenistic and Roman period. Despite the name, no kings were buried here (just some rich people and high ranking officials).
Some sources claim the name comes from the majestic and impressive appearance of the tombs. Most of them are rather large and easily accessible, biggest one being number 3 (if I remember correctly).
Shame there is very little information about the owners or history behind this place. The displayed information only describes what you can see yourself – tombs, entrances and number of chambers in each of them. Here is some practical information before you slide through the pictures:
As you walk in, you can continue straight down the road until you hit the big tombs, or take a walk around by turning to your left immediately after the first tomb.
As I mentioned, I visited plenty of times, but even now I discovered places and tombs I haven’t seen before. This time of year, it looks rather spectacular. A dessert with blooming flowers, crashing waves and sun above your head.
Even if you’re not interested in the tombs themselves, it is a rather stunning walk with outstanding scenery (just don’t look back to check the city and massive KFC sign towering over it).
Safe to say, this place rocks. Literally!
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