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Walk the Lycian Way

Listed under Walking in Antalya, Turkey.

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The Lycian Way, extending over 500 km along the coastal area of the ancient land of Lycia between Fethiye and Antalya, has become recognized as one of the best long distance walks in the world. The route is formed of old village paths and tracks that used to link rural settlements in the days before motorized transport.

One of the main attractions is the incredible amount of history in this region – almost every day you pass some reminder past civilisations, much of it over two thousand years old – and in the most spectacular and remote of settings. For example. the path passes through the ancient Lycian city of Sidyma, high on a windy hillside, where monumental tombs are scattered among the fields of crops, and the village mosque includes pieces of ancient columns and inscriptions: and at Deliklikemer an astounding Roman aqueduct still spans the valley high above the city of Patara.

But even without the history this is a wonderful route. The region is rich is flora and fauna, particularly in the Baba Mountain area south of Fethiye, and the path takes you through hidden corners of Turkey that you would never otherwise find on your own – peaceful forests sprinkled with cyclamens, villages that seem virtually untouched by the modern world, high cliffs with dramatic sea views.

The best times to go are spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to November).

Written by  Vedat Vural.

Other expert and press reviews

“Testing the Lycian Way”

As luck would have it I was able to plan a little test run of the Lycian way as part of my Intrepid Travel Turkey trip. The Best of Turkey itinerary had us hiking a small portion of the Lycian Way for a day. I was overjoyed at strapping back on… Read more...

Written by  Sherry Ott. Read more on Sherry's Blog

“The Lycian Way”

The Lycian Way must be one of the most stunning walks I know – it’s a long-distance footpath along the bulge on the coast west of Antalya, that takes you down to the coast itself at Phaselis, and then winds south past secluded beaches to the Chimaera, t… Read more...

Written by  Simon Scutt.

“Walk the distance (Lycian Way)”

For The Guardian You'll need both swimsuit and hiking boots to make the most of this 509km trek. Following Turkey's southern coast from Fethiye to Antalya, it passes white sand beaches, unspoilt villages, and sites such as the ancient Lycian city of My… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

“Family Adventure in Turkey”

By Simon Spilsbury for The Sunday Times. First published 5th October, 2008. ...At our base, the Lycian fishing port of Kas, the proximity of its guardian mountain range almost forces you into the water or the hills. If we weren’t swimming or snorkellin… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Sunday Times, 5th October 2008

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porters

hi

i want to travel with may wife and my son 2.5 years old.

if there any porters i can hire in this trail?

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