The Lycian WayFor full details of the walk, see the official Lycian Way Website. Also visit the Trekking in Turkey Website, where you can learn about the various treks in Turkey, buy guidebooks (including the Lycian Way Guidebook) and maps, and read blog posts in English and German. The books include maps of the route and history and wildlife info of the area.
To learn about additional walking routes in Turkey by Turkey's Cultural Routes Society, please see this page.
The Lycian way is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. It was researched, designed and implemented by Kate Clow with Terry Richardson. The Lycian Way is a coastal walk and mild temperatures mean it can be walked throughout the winter months.
According to the Sunday Times the Lycian Way is one of the ten most beautiful long distance hikes of the world.
The route 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. We recommend walking the route in spring or autumn; February-May or September-November; summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; it is mostly over limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.
On the first part of the route, and in Patara, Kalkan, Kas, Myra, Finike, Adrasan, Olympos, Cirali and Tekirova, you can stay in pensions or small hotels. On other nights, you may stay in a village house, or camp out. There are plenty of camping places with nearby water mentioned in the book; you do not have to ask permission to camp out.
Highlights of the Lycian Way include:
Spectacular walks on the slopes of Baba Dagi, beneath the flight path of the paragliders.
Stunning descent to Faralya, above the cliffs of Butterfly Valley.
The 12km long beach at Patara.
Spectacular views over the coast from above 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 Mount Olympos - 2388m.
Splashing in the canyon at Goynuk.
And the ruins of hidden Lycian cities, the friendliness of the villagers, the quaint old houses in deserted corners, the deep forests and white rocks, and the blue Mediterranean.
Pages on our website of places along the walk:
Highly recommended reading.
Ayşe's Trail was joint winner of the ONE BIG BOOK LAUNCH, London 2014.
'Beautifully written.' Sarah Juckes, Completely Novel.
Set in the gateway between worlds that is Turkey, Ayşe's Trail is novel
about inner and outer journeys, returning to the wilderness and the
philosophy of time.
Ayşe, a 38-year-old mother from Istanbul, decides to tackle the mysterious Lycian Way hiking trail in southern Turkey. She has never so much as camped alone before. She is on a quest to leave behind the past and live in the present. But the Lycian Way is ancient footpath steeped in memories.
'The reader cannot help but be enchanted.'
Claire Raciborska, author of Smoke of Spirits.
'Three days to read; that's all it took. For three days I've been lost in time amongst the craggy rocks, bays and mountains of southern Turkey's Lycian Way and, if you read this book, you will be too.
Julia Powers, Turkey's for Life.
You can click here for more information about the book and its author, including where to buy the novel.