Walking Holidays in Turkey
LyciaLycia 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.
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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