Caria archaeological site covering the ancient cities of Lissa and Lydae, has an independent and greatly scattered ancient settlement but is very enjoyable with the historic route. Kapıdag Peninsula are from the ancient era used to be called as Krya, according to some historians it was called Caria. Some researchers called it as the city of Lycia. It is the most famous one in this area. The rock graves in Tasyaka also prove that this place is a Lycia city. During your tour of the ancient sites in Kapıdag Peninsula, you can come across the ruins of Lissa city in the south of Kargın Lake and the ruins of Lydia city in the west side of Fethiye Gulf. You will see the ruins of Lydia that is supposed to be gained its importance at the period of Byzantine.
The historical places in Kapıdag were called Krya by historians Plinius, Ptolemy, Step-Bynzitinus and Stadiasmus. The other historians called them as Lycian city. These differences were undoubtedly because of political reasons. This can be demonstrated by Krya that was registered separately from Lycia's settlement on the Antique Tribute list. The presence of Rock tombs at Tasyaka indicates the Lycian settlement. According to this situation, this area should be connected to Lycians at the time of late period, probably at the Perikles one.
The ruins of Lissa were found at the south of Kargın Lake by Bent. The ruins are just composed of the walls; none of the tombs have been encountered. An inscription that was written in Krya alphabet has been determined. According to this inscription, there was a Lydae village called Arymaxa at the north of Lydae ancient city . There are no Byzantine structures left. The ruins of Lydian ancient city were also found at the west coast of the Fethiye Gulf by Bent. Today, the Byzantine ruins are located at the south side of Kapıdag. For this reason, it is understood that Lydian ancient city had gained its importance under Byzantine rule.