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The Lycian Way is rapidly becoming one of Turkey’s most popular routes for trekking enthusiasts. It already has the distinction of being listed by the Sunday Times as one of the top ten walks in the world. The 500-kilometre trail has a long history as a trading route but was opened as an official way-marked route for trekking in 1999 under the careful supervision of Kate Clow. Sponsorship from Garanti Bank, one of Turkey’s largest banking companies, ensures that the paths are always well marked and regularly maintained.

The geological sub structure of most of the trail is limestone, and with many steep gradients and stony areas is a challenge for all but the fittest walker to undertake in one go. Nevertheless, in manageable stages it can provide most levels of walking enthusiast with a unique opportunity to get away from the tourist areas and delve deep into the ‘real’ Turkey. 

The Lycian Way follows an historic trade route, much of which is along coastal paths between Fethiye and Antalya, although it does head inland from time to time, passing through some of the best archaeological sites in the region as well as some traditional mountain villages and farming communities. The pathways, once used by traders with their beasts of burden, was the only way to carry merchandise to different settlements along the coast but even today, on rare occasions, a donkey or mule can still be seen negotiating the pathway.



There are fresh water springs en route to slake the thirst and places to camp. Alternatively some of the local villages offer simple accommodation and other, larger communities have pensions and small family run hotels.

 

Historical

The wealth of historical sites in this part of the world is just one of the reasons why trekking around Fethiye and on the Lycian Way is proving to be one of the most popular areas in the northern hemisphere for walking holidays.

The region has some of the finest examples of classical architecture, and earlier examples dating back to the Bronze Age. The whole length of the Lycian Way is scattered with fine examples of ruins, ranging from temples, agoras and theatres to whole towns and cities.

Some of these are accessible by transport but the real gems are those tucked away in the mountains, only reachable on foot.

 

Cultural

As if you needed another reason for trekking with Lycian Way Trekking, on our extended walks we give you the chance to visit remote villages and hamlets, where life could not be more different from the touristic coastal resorts.

In these mountain settlements life has changed little over the years and on our week long Lycian Way treks you will have the unique opportunity to stay in some of the simple accommodation offered by the hospitable villagers and learn a little about village life in Anatolia.

 

Flora and fauna

The Lycian Way and other walks around Fethiye provide many opportunities to see some excellent examples of Turkey’s rich biodiversity, according to the time of the year. Obviously spring is a great time to visit, when meadows and hedgerows are full of flowers: some common, others not so common and, from time to time, incredibly rare endemic species. Incredibly, in the Fethiye region alone it has been estimated that there are as many as 750 species of plant, some 59 of which are endemic to the slopes of Babada─č. Many of our walks give visitors to Turkey a chance to see first hand the country’s wealth of geographical, geological and natural phenomena, in part due to the high altitudes of some of the regions and their proximity to the sea.

In the springtime it is likely that trekkers will encounter a large number of tortoises and these together with the odd wild boar and a few squirrels are the most common form of wild life in the region. There are occasional sightings of foxes, badgers, hares, pine martens, lizards, porcupines, hedgehogs, weasels and, inevitably, the occasional rodent. The region has a few species of harmless snakes, vipers and scorpion, for which walkers should be vigilant. Bee keeping is a popular source of income for local people and frequently rows of beehives can be seen on the trails.

The Lycian Way is also a great place for bird watchers: there are many resident species as well as migrating birds that pass through the region, staying for just a few weeks, in early and late summer. It is not unusual to see various species of raptor circling overhead.

One strange creature that many of our walkers ask about is the Processionary Caterpillar (Thaumetopoea pityocampa), which is an on going problem for the pine forests of central Europe and the Mediterranean. Walkers cannot help but notice the white silken tents attached to branches of pine trees. The caterpillar feeds on the pine needles, slowly decimating the branch and eventually the tree. This caterpillar is covered in hairs that can cause a major irritation if they touch bare human skin. It is the strange behaviour of the caterpillar that has given it the name ‘Processionary,’ because in the spring and early summer they can be seen in their hundreds crawling along the forest floor in single file head to toe, looking like a snake from a distance. In the adult stage they become short-lived, cream-coloured moth flies that fly at night from May to July.

 
Your Safety
 
Walking & your health
   
As long as you are fit and healthy, and have the appropriate clothing and equipment, trekking with us will be nothing less than a wonderful and memorable adventure. Our walking day is approximately 5-6 hours duration and on many of our walks you will have the chance to relax in the evening and have a massage, swim or Turkish bath, to help relieve any aches and pains. At the time of booking we will ask you to confirm that you are healthy, or to tell us about any chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart conditions, asthma, etc. This is important not just for you but also for those who will be accompanying you.

Trekking is a team activity in which everyone has to take responsibility for themselves and others. In the case of an accident our guide is fully trained and equipped to deal with minor injuries. If there is an emergency, excellent hospital facilities are available in either Antalya or Fethiye and in most cases it will be possible to bring a helicopter to the scene of the accident.

Our guides are also provided with telephones and GPS devices.



Levels of difficulty

All our treks are graded ‘medium’ to ‘difficult’ in terms of physical exertion. All our walks will include some hills, steep gradients, paths with loose shale and will require a level of agility. Appropriate footwear is essential and walking sticks or trekking poles are recommended.

Signposts & Waymarking

Our treks follow paths in very remote and inaccessible areas. Although there are waymarking and signposts, we strongly recommend that, unless you are an experienced walker, you choose treks where you are accompanied by a professional guide.

There have been cases of unaccompanied walkers getting lost, falling and injuring themselves and on a few unfortunate occasions there have been fatalities.

 
 
 
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Oludeniz / Fethiye / Mugla 48340
TURKEY
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