· We offer a number of guided walks led by an expert on the local region. Look below to see the routes on offer. We tend to run daily walks twice a week but also can organize special routes, treks or tours on request. Please email us for further details.
· Fancy a weeks tour offering 3 guided walks, sailing and relaxation? Please see our LAZE, WALK & LEARN week
· If you have a group and wish to tailor your own itinerary over a few days, please get in touch!
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THE LYCIAN WAY
Voted one of the worlds 10 best walks by the Sunday Times, the Lycian Way is Turkey’s first long distance route taking around 5 weeks to fully complete from Ovacik to Antalya. The path hasn’t just appeared, it’s marking and mapping were the result of the work of Kate Clow and her helpers, a long time resident and an advocate of the joys of Lycian Turkey. She persuaded sponsors to contribute to the marking out of the route and put up a great fight against the bureaucratic machine to legitimize the trail. A quote from her is seen below:
”The west coast, early in the year is invigorating and incomparable – west winds freshen the air and wring every scrap of dust from your lungs. The route winds along mule paths on steep hillsides overlooking the depths of the sea – turquoise in the shadows, indigo or deep green further out. Tiny gullets chug past far below, birds (or even paragliders) wheel far above. Cyclamen and other bulbs peep from dark corners, the scent of thyme fills the air. Villagers live a laid back life, farming honey and herbs, following the goats to pasture or working in the holiday villages of Fethiye”
The Lycian Way itself, if done correctly would be considered very challenging to most and graded either B or C according to Ramblers Association grading. The trail startiing from Ovacik covers steep inclines, rough or gritty terrain, often for more than 800m. We realize that this may by too challenging for some and can spoil the enjoyment of many looking for a moderate walking holiday so we decided to leave routes up to yourselves. We have listed below a number of daily walks along the Lycian way and beyond. There are many opportunities to stay in village pensions along the way and take your backpack with you or alternatively you can choose to locate yourself in one area and return there each night. It is difficult to cost these walks as a tour so we hope that you will contact us with an idea of what you are interested in seeing, your ability and the walking hours you would like each day and our team of experts can help you tailor a route you will thoroughly enjoy. Please email us for details.
To ensure a personal service we take only small groups of between six and ten people normally on our tours and limit the daily walking to no more than 5 hours per day. We run them towards the beginning and end of the summer season (end of March to early May and end of September to early November), during the cooler months. Our tour is guided by the talented and knowledgeable Ali Ishan, a Turkish/English speaking expert that helped mark the Lycian route originally. His local knowledge and passion for his work does not stop at simply leading a group walking, he points out areas of interest, explains the history of the region, its wildlife, flora and fauna and plants used for traditional village remedies on the way. We follow traditional trails, paths and earth tracks used by villagers between settlements and pass through olive groves, forests and farmland making sure not to miss the many Roman and Lycian tombs or ruins on the way – a truly unique experience and glimpse of Turkish history.
We have loads of options, just a small selection listed below, have a read through to get an idea or email us for a list of full options.
Option 1: Morning Walk from Kayakoy to Olu Deniz (Approx 3 hours) & Afternoon spent in Olu Deniz for beach, activities or shopping. (Grade E / D)
Olu Deniz literally translated means ‘dead sea’ and is home to the famous Blue Lagoon, the trademark picture of the Turkish coastline. Although Olu Deniz has seen rapid growth over the past 5 years it is still a relatively small resort popular with repeat customers, couples and families. Our walk from Kayakoy starts at the foot of the ruins and climbs up to the High Chapel where we eat our picnic lunch, take in the spectacular views towards the Faralya road and the Lycian Way, then take the track that leads us steadily down to the lagoon and beach. This is a moderate walk offering excellent photo opportunities and the picture postcard shot of the lagoon. The afternoon is spent at leisure with the opportunity to shop, sun bathe or for those feeling adventurous we can organize paragliding onto Belchekiz beach or microlighting over Kayakoy and the lagoon (please book in advance, additional costs apply).
Option 2: Hiking from Kirme, Kozagaci to Kebak, Lycian Way (Approx 4 hours) (Grade C+ / D)
This is our first true walk on the Lycian Way. We start in the village of Kirme, a 40 minute drive from Kayakoy and around 1000m above sea level. We make our way through the sleepy rural village of Kirme noticing the local fields and bee hives, pass a few goats and chickens and stare across to Rhodes on a clear day. We head along the coastal tracks of the Lycian Way where the view of the sea and mountains are breathtaking until we reach Kabak (option to stay in Kabak or return to Kayakoy/ Ovacik). Kebak is a beautiful village and beach. Now popular with backpackers and travelers, it has a few basic tree houses and small restaurant and bar area.
Option 3: Hiking From Kebak, Alinca to Faralya, Lycian Way (Approx 3.5 hours) (Grade C/C+)
We start from Kebak, if we have stayed there there is a steep climb to the road high above the valley. This is fairly challenging walk up but well worth it for the uninterrupted views and coastal photo opportunities. We follow the zig-zag forest path through the tall pine trees to Alinca village perched high over the sea cliffs below. We then take lunch before heading back down towards Faralya where we can either stay in a local pension or take transport back to base.
Option 4: Hiking from Alinca to Bogazici and Sidyma, Lycian Way (C)
This is a difficult walk starting at Alinca for our fascinating hike to Bogazici, a traditional remote farming village. Having reached Bogazici we rest for a while, take our lunch before heading on to the ancient site of Sidyma. Sidyma is without a doubt fascinating, it has never been excavated because a village has sprung up on top of it. We get an opportunity to explore, we marvel at the ancient Greek carvings on the walls of the mosque, an old tomb now used as a barn and a church now a home to chickens! We hear about the local history before either staying in a nearby pension or heading back to meet out transport for our journey home.
Option 5: Walking from Kayakoy to Afkule Monestry and onto Gemiler Beach for Swimming (E/D)
This is moderate walk to the infrequently visited ruins of Afkule Monestry set in the cliffs high above the Mediterranean. Here we can sit and appreciate the peaceful seclusion and amazing views that were experienced by the former monks. The area is rich with indigenous aromatic plants such as thyme, oregano and sage. Ali alerts us to the local birds, wild tortoises, birds of prey and insects around us. We take a peaceful picnic lunch before walking down through the coastal pine forest to Gemiler Beach. Here we look out to St Nicholas Island and have an opportunity to sunbathe, take part in watersports (additional costs apply) or simply while the time away at one of the little cafes before taking the transport back to our accommodation.
Option 6: Temel Village to Girdev Lake (D)
A beautiful walk. Having had tea in the pretty Temel Village we depart on our easy to moderate walk down 2000m to the beautiful Girdev Lake. There is an opportunity to swim before walking around the lake viewing the ancient rock tombs and fabulous birdlife and fauna. We can either camp here or return to our accommodation.
Option 7: Kayabelen to Turunc Cove (Spring) (D+)
A moderate option coming down from Belen to Turunc Spring, a truly beautiful (but freezing water!) spot! We get the opportunity to visit the old church, the rock tombs and the cave. Optional camping available.
Option 8: Akbel to Babadag then onto Olu Deniz. (2 days) (C)
This is a difficult track seeing day one climbing steadity up the fabulous Babadag Mountain. We set up a camp at the summit (6800ft) and stare out at the magnificent panorama stretching all the way from Dalaman to Patara. This is only for experienced walkers. The next day we head down to Olu Deniz for swimming and relaxation.
PRICE: 20 POUNDS PER PERSON FOR GUIDED WALK OR 100 POUNDS TO HIRE A GUIDE FOR A DAY (Max 10 PAX)