İnlice Village is about 5 km from Gocek. Daedala Rock Tombs are on the left lane on the way to İnlice Bay by road. After seeing the sign on the road, you come to the place where the graves are after 100 meters.
The Daedala Rock Tombs are somewhat neglected today and are lost among trees and vegetation. That's exactly why you get excited as if you were the first to discover this place.
The tombs are actually within the boundaries of the Daedala Ancient City, but unfortunately not much remains of the city. The city center is on the hill overlooking the sea. Here are the remains of a small castle, the remains of stairs carved from the rock, and the foundations of a few houses. In short, the rock tombs you will find are the most obvious remains of this civilization.
A Lycian city: Daedala
The Lycians are a tribe thought to have come from Crete. They are considered as one of the most special and different civilizations of Anatolia. Especially in the region between Fethiye and Antalya, they lived in mountainous and hard-to-reach places, so they managed to protect their freedom as much as possible. They created their own alphabet and adopted a matriarchal life style, not a patriarchal one. Lycia means "land of light" in their own language. Here is an event that takes place in the legends in the city of Daedala in Lycia.
Listen to the beauty of the legend!
God Zeus and his wife Hera had a fight. Goddess Hera left the mountain of Olympos where they lived and came to Daedala to listen to her mind and calm down in this beautiful geography. Time passed, but they never reconciled. Zeus thought of a cunning act and declared that he would marry again. Because he knew his wife Hera's jealousy, he thought that Hera would come back to him. He summoned the best sculptors and tailors and gave them a secret mission: “Make a statue of the most beautiful woman in the world from wood and dress her in the most beautiful clothes. So that those who see it think it is real.”
On the wedding day, the Lycian people, gods, goddesses, everyone gathered in Daedala. As Zeus ordered, the statue was dressed in the most beautiful clothes, the most beautiful scents were applied, and it began to be carried to the wedding area on a tulle throne. It was such a beautiful statue that everyone thought it was real, those who saw it could not take their eyes off, even the goddess of beauty Aphrodite was jealous of the beauty of this mysterious woman, whom she could not understand was a statue. Watching all this from the sky, Zeus was laughing cunningly.
Of course, Hera couldn't stand it either, she came to the wedding area with all her anger. She came to the woman on the throne, removed the veil, but when she touched the woman, she realized that it was a statue. But she saw her own face on the statue's face, her own eyes in her eyes, and laughed happily.
She removed the statue and sat herself on the throne. Thus, Hera and Zeus reconciled, and the wedding continued for days in Daedala.
Here in Daedala you are where this legend takes place. That's why, when you come to the mausoleums, walk a little more and explore the surroundings. Touch the thousands of years old stones that witnessed this wedding. These lands, which reconciled Hera and Zeus, may have nice surprises for you as well.
By the way, some road signs say Deadala, it should be Daedala/Daidala.