Lycian Way of Turkey

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Turkey's First Long Distance Trekking Route

Lycian Way is the first long distance walking route in Turkey. The route is 509 km long and stretches from Fethiye to Antalya, around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. Lycian Way is listed as one of the world's top ten walks.

Turkey's Lycian Way

The Lycian Way, opened in 1999, is a 509 km long distance waymarked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya.

The Lycian Way is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses.

It is recommended walking the route in spring or autumn; February - May or September - November; summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. On many days, you can stop and swim in the beautiful turquoise waters or relax on a tiny beach. The waymarked route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; the hills are of limestone which is often hard and stony underfoot.

Highlights of the Lycian Way

The Lycian Way is Turkey's favourite long distance trail and one of the world's great long distance trekking routes, combining coastal walking with ancient sites. The route passes 27 historic sites, mainly dating from Roman Lycia. Nearly all along the 29-day route, you can stay in pensions, small hotels, village houses or camping places.

  • Spectacular walks on the slopes of Mount Babadag.
  • Watching the paragliders descending to Oludeniz.
  • Stunning descent to Faralya, above the cliff of Butterfly Valley.
  • The 22 km long beach at Patara.
  • Spectacular views over the coast from Kas and Kalkan.
  • The castle, harbour and sunken ruins at Ucagiz.
  • The church of the Angel Gabriel in the hills above Myra.
  • A fabulous ridge top walk to Finike.
  • Staying at the lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia.
  • Climbing the Mount Olympos.
  • Splashing in the canyon at Goynuk.
  • Discovering the beauty of ancient Lycia.

Responsibilities: Please fulfill some responsibilities while hiking in Turkey. Protect and respect the wildlife, plants and trees. Guard against all risks of fire. Take your rubbish with you.

Turkey's First Long Distance Trekking Route
Lycian Way, Southern Coast