Between Fethiye and Antalya along Southern Turkey's Tekke Peninsula, or Lycia as it is historically known, is one of the country's first waymarked trails, the 509km Lycian Way. This mountainous route encompasses spectacular coastal views, archaeological treasures dating back to the 8th Century BC and interesting villages with their unique Lycian flavour. During a series of day walks it is possible to discover sections of the route with well preserved Greek and Roman cities and a Lycian necropolis lost in vegetation. Traverse rugged mountain trails to meet the gracious local people, sample culinary specialties and swim in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 3-6 hours. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.
On arrival in Antalya airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Attalos II, King of Pergamum, founded Antalya in the 2nd century BC. Later the city was overtaken by Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk civilizations before it came under the control of the Ottomans. Today Antalya is an attractive city with its shaded palm-lined boulevards and lively marina. The picturesque old quarter known as Kaleici, with narrow streets and old wooden houses is where our hotel is located. You will need to liaise with your hosts regarding the transfer arrangements for tomorrow. Overnight Antalya.
This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Camyuva (1 hour) where the walk begins. The route to the ancient city of Phaselis is waymarked with red and white stripes. The route is through pine forests with an opportunity to swim in the ancient city. An entrance fee of 10TL is payable for Phaselis. Dominated by Mt. Tahtali, the three ports of Phaselis testify to its role of historical shopping centre. Discover the theatre, the Hadrian gate, the acropolis and many ruins of aqueducts, agoras and baths, which are perfectly integrated into the natural vegetation. After visiting the site, continue to the nearby village of Tekirova. Overnight in Tekirova. You will need to liaise with your hosts regarding the transfer arrangements for tomorrow.
The Lycian way trek continues to Cirali along the turquoise coast. A short transfer takes you to the beginning of the walk. The first stage is along a disused dirt road which passes by idyllic beaches where local fishermen haul their catches. They may offer to take you by boat to Cirali which is recommended if you are tired. The trip takes only 5-10 minutes and costs 15-20TL. Otherwise the walk to Cirali will take 2 hours along the coastline on an undulating trail past small bays. Cirali is a peaceful village between ancient Olympos and Chimaera. There are two nights in the village, which is a major nesting site for the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta). During September you may witness the baby turtles entering the sea before sunrise.
Today’s walk takes you to the fascinating ancient city of Olympos just inland from a pretty beach. The 30 minute walk to the ruins is either along the road or via the beach. The actual ruins are scattered along a small mostly dry stream which runs through a rocky gorge. You can spend the whole day exploring the ruins and relaxing in this peaceful valley or continue on a circuit walk to Chimaera. According to legend Chimerae; the monster blowing fire its mouth was killed by the Lycian hero “Belle heron”. Today, situated at 300m above sea level, you can observe flames escaping among the rocks. The circuit walk then takes you back to your pension in Cirali.
An early start is required for the 800m ascent of Mount Moses. The route through pine forest takes you up the mountain to a shepherd hut where you can have your lunch. From here there are good views of the Adrasan valley and a short distance away are the ruins of a small lost city which are well worth exploring. Descend down to Adrasan with its 2 kilometres long sandy beach. Overnight in Adrasan.
The walk today takes you via Cape Gelidonia along the bays and pine woods to Karaoz. En route visit the famous Gelidonia Lighthouse which has no electricity, no telephone and only rain water. Walk to Karaoz where you will be provided with a transfer back to Adrasan. Overnight in Adrasan.
In the morning there will be a transfer to the main road where you will take a local bus to Antalya, a journey of 2 ½ hours with taxi from bus station to your pension in the old city. The remainder of the day is free to explore Antalya.
After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes.
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