The Lycian Way (Likya
Yolu) is Turkey's first long-distance hiking trail, a 500-kilometer
(311-mile) footpath from Fethiye to Antalya (map), the
impressive achievement of Kate
Clow, a Briton resident
in Turkey, and her crew of dedicated trailblazers.
The way-marked trail wanders
up and down through ancient
Turkey's mountainous Tekke
Peninsula (the southward "bulge" of
land between Antalya and Fethiye).
The trek is rated as moderately
strenuous to difficult,
with the easier portion being nearest
to Fethiye and Ölüdeniz.
Among the most popular portions
is the westernmost, from Fethiye via Ölüdeniz, Butterfly
Valley and southeastward toward Patara.
The Lycian Way near Butterfly Valley...
There are few lodging and
dining services along the
route. For most of it you must carry
your own shelter, food and other
supplies, which makes it ideal
for those who like to rough it.
For more info, visit the Culture Routes in Turkey website, and buy Kate's guidebook to
the trail on the Trekking
in Turkey website. Her other great project, by the
way, is the St
Paul Trail, which has
its own guidebook as
Culture Routes in Turkey also describes the many other way-marked hiking trails originated by its dedicated staff and volunteers. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan