Lycian Path Trekking



Author:           AKDOĞAN ÖZKAN
Published by:     İNKILAP KITABEVİ
Translator:       Ekin Duru
Date published:   2008

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Ovacık, Fethiye – Muğla

The Lycian Path on the Teke Peninsula, extending for about 480 km. From Fethiye to Antalya, is an antique road connecting the Lycian cities about 4 thousand years ago. Despite its long history, we had to wait until 1996 to have it placed at the disposal of tourism. During that year, in a contest entitled “4 Lights for Tomorrow”, organized by Garanti Bank, the project headed “Lycian Path from Fethiye to Antalya” won the award in the field of environment. Hence, work was started to mark the way and the path was opened in 1999 for lovers of nature, trekkers and fans of alternative tourism.
The Lycian Path was documented in detail by British Kate Clow and Terry Richardson, who were devoted to this geography and culture of the region. The path was defined as the most beautiful trekking routes of the world by British Sunday Times newspaper, and the first book and maps about the path were published in English in September, 2000, by Upcountry Ltd.
Clow’s documentation of the path was inspired by the long-distance trekking routes (Grandes Randonnees) in France. The ‘Lycian Path’, which is the first long-distance trekking routes in Turkey, starts from Ovacık Village near Ölüdeniz and end with the 25 km. Track between Hisar Çandır – Antalya. There is a total of 25 laps on this path possessing magnificent natural and historical treasures. Those wishing to complete the complete course, mostly made of trails, have to set aside a period of 4-6 weeks. The first trails are easy withy more difficult ones to follow. Between the departure point  and Patara, Kalkan, Kaş, Demre, Finike, Adrasan,Olympos, Çıralı and Beycik you can stay at boarding houses or hotels. Village houses, tents or wooden kiosks are always alternative accommodations.  The guide book cites numerous camping sites with water resources nearby.
The website also provides the addresses of accommodations.
The best time for trekking is February-May and September-November. Those unfamiliar with the region can go along with a guide. However, by virtue of guide books and CPS apparatus, you can come across numerous trekkers without a guide.
Here are the laps of the LOyciahn Path:
1.    Ovacık – Kirme – Faralya     (15 km)
2.    Faralya – Kabak Beach     (11 km)
3.    Kabak – Sancaklı        (11 km)
4.    Sancaklı-Gey Village-Bel District (11 km)
5.    Bel-Gavgurağılı        (10 km)
6.    Gavurağılı-Letoon-Xanthos (14 km)
7.    Xanthos-İnpınar-Akbel    (21 km)
8.    Akbel-Delikkemer-Patara     (16 km)
9.    Patara-Delikkemer-Yalıburun  (10 km)
10.    Akbel-Bezirgan-Sarıbelen    (18 km)
11.    Sarıbelen-Ambararası-Gökçeören      (10 km)
12.    Gökçeören-Hacıoğlan-Phellos (15 km)
13.    Phellos-Çukurbağ-Kaş    (11 km)
14.    Kaş-Limanağzı-Kılıçlı    (22 km)
15.    Kılıçlı-Aperlae-Üçağız    (15 km)
16.    Üçağız-Sura-Demre        (26 km)
17.    Demre-Zeytin        (11 km)
18.    Zeytin-Alakilise-Finike    (27 km)
19.    Finike-Mavikent-Karaöz    (30 km)
20.    Karaöz-Gelidonya Feneri-Adrasan (18 km)
21.    Adrasan-Musa Dağı-Çıralı     (20 km)
22.    Çıralı-Ulupınar-Tahtalı-Gedelme (36 km)
23.    Gedelme-Göynük        (27 km)
24.    Göynük-Sarıçınar Dağ-Hisar Çandır (16 km)
25.    Hisar Çandır – Antalya    (25 km)

You do not have to cover the whole route in one go. You can walk one lap in every one of your holidays and then continue where you left off. Whichever course you choose, you must definitely walk on the Lycian Path before you die.