Culture Routes of Turkey

Explore Turkey's official cultural routes

Great Paths of Turkey

The number of waymarked hiking trails in our country is growing. Turkey has 22 official culture routes, ideal for those who like trekking and at the same time take in spectacular scenery. Here is the best of Turkey's trekking, biking and horseback riding routes.

Cultural Routes

The culture routes of Turkey pass through varied sceneries and traces of past civilizations, from the Lycians on the rocky Mediterranean coast, via the Phrygians and the Hittites of the fertile valleys of Anatolia, to the Georgians in the mountains of the Black Sea. Wild and rugged landscapes are netted by old roads and punctuated by once flourishing castles, caravanserais and isolated monasteries. The routes celebrate past civilisations, international links, natural beauties and adventurous travellers.

Generally, the routes are developed by individual initiative. The passion driving routemakers is twofold to demonstrate to curious visitors a different side of Turkey, and to create a sustainable tourism system that will reinvigorate rural economies.

Over half the routes are waymarked to European standards; all have GPS files available. Accommodation options along the routes are very varied, and rapidly improving as more travellers follow them. The efficient network of internal flights and long and short haul bus services allow easy access to even remote routes.

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Waymarked Trails

Turkey currently has over 5000 km of routes, which can be explored on foot, horseback and bicycle. They offer an opportunity for the modern day adventurer to share in over 10.000 years of rich history and culture, and the hospitality of its inheritors, the Turks.

International Routes: Abraham's Path, Sultan's Trail, Via Egnatia, Via Eurasia.

Coastal Routes: Lycian Way, Carian Trail, Fethiye Alternative Trail.

Nature Routes: Kackar Mountain Trails, Kure Mountains Trail, Mount Ararat, St. Paul Trail, Sarikamis Trails, Yenice Forest Trails.

Historical Routes: Lycian Way, Carian Trail, St. Paul Trail, Hittite Trail, Phrygian Trail, Evliya Celebi Way, Abraham's Path, Ephesus Mimas Route, Tolerance Way.

Biking Routes: Evliya Celebi Way, Hittite Trail, Phrygian Trail, Gastronomy Route, Independence Trail, Sarikamis Trails, Yenice Forest Trails, Ephesus Mimas Route, Tolerance Way.

Horse Riding Routes: Evliya Celebi Way, St. Paul Trail.

Recommended: In Turkey you can find a route for everyone at any season. Lycian Way, Carian Trail, Idyma Way, Abraham's Path and Hittite Trail are recommended in the spring. Evliya Celebi Way, Phrygian Trail, Gastronomy Route, Kure Mountains Trail and Yenice Forest Trails are recommended in the autumn. Mount Ararat, Between Two Seas, Kackar Mountain Trails, Via Egnatia and Independence Trail are recommended in the summer.

Great Paths of Turkey

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