Neandrea – Kestanbol

Neandrea Kestanbol Antique Stone Quarry and Ancient City


The view from Mount Çığrı is spectacular. The granite formations stand tall and proud across the plain of this ancient walled city of Neandrea. To the casual tourist this archaelogical site might not seem that impressive but dig a little deeper and you will appreciate why this is an important historical landmark. You can see photos of the ancient city by clicking here.

The remaining defence walls are all that remain of what must have once been a large city. Tracing the route of the walls and what is left of them you begin to get an idea of the sheer scale of this place. Dating back to the 8th century B.C. granite would have been quarried out of the mountain.


Situated near the village of Koçali is one of the quarries that would have been used in the construction of the infrastructure. Surprisingly there are seven huge columns of approx ten metres in length that lie forgotten and abandoned in the bedrock. One wonders why they were left there on completion and never transported to the site for which they were intended.

Amazing stone columns carved on site from granite and which date back 2,800 years. Situated near Kestanbol only a short drive from Tavakli Village this is a part of what was once Neandrea city. Definately worth a visit.


Sapmaz Zeytin Factory

Sapmaz Olive Oil Factory in Tavakli is a family run business employing around 10 workers. During the harvesting season it works 24/7 from November through to March processing the olives and manufacturing fine quality olive oil for which this region is famous.

In the two video clips shown here young Mehmet takes us on a tour of his father’s factory and explains how all the machinery works. Can you believe that Mehmet is just 10 years old! Thank you for such a professional tour of the factory Mehmet.