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Turkey is a far larger country than most people imagine with its borders extending from the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to the Black Sea in the north, and to Syria, Iran and Azerbaijan in the east. This creates a land of immense contrasts, not only geographically with snow capped mountain ranges, plateaus and coastal landscapes, but also in the culture of its inhabitants.  Modern blends with ancient as the young and trendy frequent the cities and modern coastal resorts, but where inland it’s a different story altogether as people live a rural lifestyle virtually unchanged for centuries. 

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Turkey is a far larger country than most people imagine with its borders extending from the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to the Black Sea in the north, and to Syria, Iran and Azerbaijan in the east. This creates a land of immense contrasts, not only geographically with snow capped mountain ranges, plateaus and coastal landscapes, but also in the culture of its inhabitants.  Modern blends with ancient as the young and trendy frequent the cities and modern coastal resorts, but where inland it’s a different story altogether as people live a rural lifestyle virtually unchanged for centuries.  Ninety five percent of the population are Muslim evident in the Meuzzin still called five times daily staring at first light and ending at sundown. Eastern culture blends with western, villages are linked by ancient mule paths, remains of ancient civilizations are scattered throughout the land and the people of this beautiful country offer a welcome to the visitor that is overwhelmingly kind and generous.  This is the side of Turkey – far removed from the all inclusive resorts along the coast, which will especially appeal to any walker keen to explore the very best Turkey has to offer her visitors.

Lycia

Lycia is a small section of the southern region of Turkey backed by the high and dramatic Toros Mountains causing the region to remain mostly isolated and unchanged through the centuries.  Here, many ancient cultures have influenced the way Lycia is today.  Early Greek settlers left a predominant mark before the Persians came along eventually leaving a blend of cultures which remained unchanged until the Roman Empire brought wealth and prosperity.   With changes in the structure of the Roman Empire, Lycia became part of the Byzantine Christian World then passing into the Ottoman Empire and finally becoming the Turkish Republic.  All of these cultural changes have left Lycia rich in ancient architecture and rarely during any days’ walk, is the visitor unrewarded by the sight of some ancient monument or tomb lying abandoned against a backdrop of corn colored fields and the sapphire blue sea.

Lycian Way   

The Lycian Way is a relatively new  500 km long distance way marked path commencing just south of Fethiye and terminating in Antalya.  The route follows stunning coastal path, traverses cliff paths, crosses rivers and wanders through shady green forests, emerging at summer Yaylas (alpine meadows) before crossing high mountain trails.  It is a route of immense contrasts, sometimes with varying options, but mostly taking advantage of ancient routes linking one village to the next.  Some sections are remote with no modern day amenities to be seen during the course of a days’ walking.  Paths vary from wide forest tracks to narrow, rocky goat trails where vigilance is required to follow the markers.  In summary, walking the Lycian Way requires a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, an interest in ancient civilizations and a love of natural, unspoiled landscapes. 

We have selected two sections which both fit comfortably into week long treks and which offer, what we feel, is the very best walking of the whole route.

 



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Lycian Way - West

Walking holidays in Turkey - Lycian Way - West - Click Here For Larger Image On this walk you are always tracking the coast line which is truly spectacular. Rugged cliffs of pine forests plunge into turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Between them are small bays of sand and shingle accessible only by boat or on foot.  You quickly leave the area of tourism development and are soon surrounded by Turkish rural life which has changed little over the centuries. You pass through villages clinging to the mountain side where the inhabitants eke out a living farming on the not so fertile land. You walk through pine forests with the beautiful resin filled air so evocative of this area. You are in an area that has been inhabited for centuries and testament to this is the many historical sites you will visit, dating back beyond Roman times to a pre-classical period. All in a truly spectacular landscape.

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Lycian Way East (Tekirova start)

On this trek you will experience the more extreme, dramatic and challenging section of the Lycian Way as the trail nears its end in Antalya’s Old Town. Basically, it is the Grand Finale with soaring peaks, deep river gorges and sheer cliffs…..but we feature this section in reverse and with a rearrangement of the walks to ease the difficulty. You will experience the shaded tranquillity of deep river gorges crossing crystal clear waters, bathing in natural pools formed by natural erosion in the riverbeds. There are serene green valleys filled with lush pastures and grazing cows. Start with a superb coastal walk from Tekirova to Cirali and from here transfer to the pretty green village of Beycik. If a day relaxing by the pool with a book is appealing then do just that, or walk up towards Tahtali Dagi (Mount Olympos at 1750m).

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