The Lycian Way 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 Lycia, Mediterranean 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 Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley and southeastward toward Patara.

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 well.

Culture Routes in Turkey also describes the many other way-marked hiking trails originated by its dedicated staff and volunteers.

Daily trekking tours are organized in many locations of Turkey. Most trekking enthusiasts prefer hiking trails that lead into nature but are also and close to the urban centers.

The Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormanı) in Istanbul, Sudüsen Waterfall and Erikli Highlands in Yalova, Cenedağ Tepe Mountain in Kocaeli and Seven Lakes (Yedi Göller) in Bolu are only some of the most enjoyable hiking trails.


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