The Lycian Way extends for 540km along Turkey's south coast between the cities of Fethiye and Antalya. It's a beautiful and interesting landscape. Most of the walk is coastal although because the countryside is mountainous inland excursions quickly reach an altitude of over 1800m. It's also packed with historical sites (Lycia was semi-independent state co-existing with both the Greek and Roman empires) many of which are open and informal.
|Mural at the St Nicholas Church Demre|
|The ancient port of Andriake|
|A well established route|
Firstly, there are long stretches of beautiful coastal walking, empty for much of the year and with lots of swimming opportunities.
Secondly, like Rota Vincentina, which I walked last year, and providing you avoid the high mountain stretches, this is an early season destination - you can visit it when other classic European destinations are snowed in.
Thirdly, from a historical perspective, there is loads to see with places likes Phaselis, Olympus, Myra, Andriake and Aperlae providing rich pickings for any amateur classicist.
Fourthly, it's great value benefiting from a big and well
Fifthly its good walking with well defined and reasonably well waymarked paths.
Finally the locals are welcoming, friendly and interested in hikers.
|Fresh snow in March on the Tahtalid|
|Amazing coastal scenery|
|Generous Turkish breakfast|
I started my trip in Göynuk - a coastal resort about 40 kms to the southwest of Antalya. I then headed up a huge gorge to 'hotel' near Ovacik - a lovely walk but tough.
|Campers on the Lycian Way|
I was walking in March, the tourist season doesn't start
I have been to Turkey before and have always found people there welcoming, friendly and very polite. In the deep countryside people are particularly kind and even with the language barrier keen to engage and help in any way they can. I probably played it just a little safe to begin with but as the trip wore on increasing found myself getting to know the locals.
The route is fairly well
With Syria on its doorstep and its own internal troubles, Turkish tourism
If you want to download my route go to my page on Viewranger by following this link
If you want to read what it felt like
Lycian Way Day 1
Lycian Way Day 2
Lycian Way Day 3
Lycian Way Day 4
Lycian Way Day 5
Lycian Way Day 6
Lycian Way Day 7
Lycian Way Day 8