The Lycian Way

The Lycian Way

The Lycian Way is a 540-kilometer, 29-day foot path around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey. The trail consists mainly of Roman & Lycian roads, old footpaths and mule trails. In order to identify and protect some of Turkey’s old roads, its first long-distance walking route was made by Kate Clow in 1999.

Lycia was a region of southwestern Anatolia on the Mediterranean Sea coast, in current day Muğla and Antalya provinces. They built cities along the Mediterranean Sea coast, such as Xanthos, Patara, Myra, Pinara, Tlos, Olympos and Phaselis. The Lycian League was formed by these city-states.

The Lycian Way

When it comes to walking routes with difficult terrain—in this case steep gradients that are not suited for mountain bike use—walking sticks may be helpful; they can also serve as protection from snakes while hiking through dry bushland or forested areas where snakes might hide during hot summer months.

The Lycian Way can be hiked in stages like Hisarönü (Ovacık)-Faralya, Faralya-Kabak Bay, Kabak Bay-Alınca, Alınca-Yediburunlar, Yediburunlar-Gavurağılı, Gavurağılı-Patara, Patara-Kalkan, Kalkan-Sarıbelen-Gökçeören, Gökçeören-Kaş, Kaş-Kekova, Kekova-Demre, Demre-Alakilise-Finike, Karaöz-Cape Gelidonya-Adrasan, Adrasan-Olimpos-Çıralı, Çıralı-Beycik, Çıralı-Tekirova, Tekirova-Phaselis-Gedelme, Beycik-Tahtalı Dağı-Gedelme, Gedelme-Göynük, Göynük-Hisarçandır, and Hisarçandır-Geyikbayırı.

Places of interest along the trail include: Ölüdeniz, Butterfly Valley, Faralya, Kabak Bay, Cennet Bay, Korsan Bay, Letoon (historical capital of the Lycian region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seydikemer), Sidyma, Bel, Gavurağılı, Letoon, Kınık (Xanthos), Akbel, Gelemiş village and ruins of Patara (the Lycian capital), Kalkan, Sarıbelen, Gökçeören, Kaş (Antiphellos), Üçağız, Kale, Demre (Myra), Kumluca, Belören, Zeytin and Alakilise, İncegeriş Hill ( 1,811 m (5,942 ft) , Belos, Finike, Kumluca, Mavikent, Karaöz, the lighthouse of Cape Gelidonya (the southernmost point of Lycia), Adrasan, Olympos, and Çıralı. Further, the ancient cities Pydnae, Apelia, Telmessos, Idyros, Antiphellus, Apollonia, and Simena can be found between Xanthos and Patara.