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Cultural Routes of Turkey

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Turkey's Cultural Routes

The best of Turkey's trekking, biking and horseback riding routes. The number of marked hiking trails in Turkey is growing. Turkey has 19 official cultural routes, ideal for those who like trekking and at the same time take in spectacular scenery.

Culture Routes

The cultural routes of Turkey pass through varied scenery 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.

Turkey's Official Routes

Turkey currently has over 5.000 kilometers 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. In Turkey you can find a route for everyone at any season.

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

Coastal Routes: Lycian Way, Carian Trail, Idyma Way, Fethiye Alternative Trail, Between Two Seas.

Nature Routes: Kackar 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.

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

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

Culture Routes in Turkey

International Route, Sultan's Trail, Kirklareli